About Andrea Young's Work
My research interests lie in low dimensional electronic systems, where the interplay of topological order and symmetry breaking can lead to new states matter with novel quantum properties. My goal is to engineer quantum electronic devices that harness the full potential of topological systems—long-predicted but never observed—to protect quantum information from environmental decoherence. While such states can, in principle, arise naturally, the associated energy scales are tiny. My group is attempting a bottom up approach, in which the disparate elements required—superconductivity and fractionally charged, one dimensional conductors with carefully tailored spin texture—are combined in a single atomically thin heterostructure. A promising platform for the pursuit of this goal is graphene heterostructures, which allow facile integration of superconducting materials and host an ever growing variety of correlated topological phases.