PIs: Philipp Gegenwart, Alexander Tsirlin, Anton Jesche

Kitaev model of bond-anisotropic exchange interactions offers a promising route toward topological quantum computing, but its existing realizations in solid-state materials have shown significant deviations from the idealized interaction regime. In this project, we seek to tailor both well-known and recently discovered material candidates by chemical substitutions, hydrostatic pressure, and strain with the ultimate goal of approaching the limit of dominant Kitaev interactions and securing experimental access to the full parameter range of the model. Our work will establish main structural and electronic parameters that control manifestations of the Kitaev physics in solid-state materials.