This month, his latest breakthrough, successfully modeling a quantum spin liquid, is featured on the cover of Science magazine. Such a liquid is a new state of matter invisible to the naked eye that experts more than 30 years ago hypothesized might exist. It could be a key to understanding superconductivity and building quantum computers. White and graduate student Simeng Yan - in collaboration with a Princeton University physicist - created the first realistic computer model conclusively identifying a quantum spin liquid, depicting it as a wedge of darkness above a floating red and blue lattice of atomic connections.
“It’s a testament to Steve’s continued groundbreaking work,” says department chair Bill Parker. “Being on the cover of Science – the largest, most respected interdisciplinary journal in the world – is a great honor.”
Better yet, make it two!