Dirac Electrons in One, Two and Three Dimensions

Welcome to our homepage! We are a young group in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Utah, located at the foothills of the Wasatch mountains in picturesque Salt Lake City. We study emergent physical phenomena in materials with linear electronic energy bands such as 1D carbon nanotubes, 2D graphene & metal-organic graphene analogues and 3D topological insulators & semimetals.

The Deshpande group uses low-temperature electrical transport spectroscopy to study nano-fabricated devices from these materials and develops novel hybrid experimental tools using high-frequency and optical techniques. Our aim is to explore the rich physics arising in these materials due to the combination of symmetry, topology and electronic correlations. We are also interested in potential applications resulting from the remarkable physical properties of these quantum materials.