The Institute Quantum Phenomena in Novel Materials investigates magnetism with special emphasis on quantum magnetism and strongly correlated electron systems. Recent work has focused on orbital order and fluctuations in transition metal oxides, exotic quantum states in spin chains and spin ladders, and the effect of quantum fluctuations in highly frustrated magnets realizing triangular and pyrochlore lattices. We place particular emphasis on performing all aspect of the research starting from powder synthesis and crystal growth, through to bulk properties measurements and characterization, then to the determination of crystal and magnetic structures and finally the investigation of magnetic excitations using primarily the technique of inelastic neutron scattering.
The institute hosts the CoreLab Quantum Materials for crystal growth and sample characterisation at HZB, and operates the E2, E4, and E5 diffractometers at the BERII reactor, as well as two endstations at the UE46_PGM-1 beamline at the BESSY II synchrotron radiation source. We are involved in teaching at Berlin Technical University and ran the annual Berlin School on Neutron Scattering. Moreover, for the second funding period 2019-2022, we have joined the DFG Collaborative Research Centre "Correlated Magnetism: From Frustration to Topology (SFB 1143)" of TU Dresden.