Ayelet Zalic

Ayelet Zalic is a PhD student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, in the field of experimental solid-state physics. She studies two-dimensional materials – crystals that can be cleaved as thin as a single atomic layer. Thin crystal layers have unique properties compared to the bulk crystal. Moreover, layers of different thin crystals that are mechanically stacked may interact on an atomic level, creating new properties at their interface. Ayelet attempts to construct and study electronic devices which incorporate thin layers of superconducting materials, hoping to further our basic understanding of superconductivity. She is also interested in engineering the behavior of electronic devices by controlling the angle between different layers. Discoveries in this field can contribute to the understanding of fundamental questions in quantum physics, and may find eventual application in electronics and quantum computing.