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SIT-Summer Institute in Taiwan
Academic Exchange & Cultural Experience in Taiwan
Yvonne Feng Wei Kung
Since my group focuses on electron systems, speaking with members of Professor Kao’s group has introduced me to the plethora of spin systems, the models and computational techniques that can be used to study them, and the real materials they can be used to study. On the other hand, Professor Lee’s group also studies electron systems but uses different techniques from ones I’ve used, so speaking with them has broadened my view on the types of approaches people take to answer research questions and increased my mental toolbox of techniques.
After the program ends, I will continue my collaboration with Professor Lee to study the presence of doublons in the Hubbard model, as well as how they affect experimentally observable quantities such as the Zhang-Rice singlet and superconductivity. This work will lead to concrete predictions that the experimentalists can test, increasing our understanding of materials that superconduct at relatively high temperatures. We will meet again to discuss the project when he visits California in a few months.
Speaking with a variety of different professors, post-doctoral fellows, and students has provided me with a fascinating view of the range of questions researchers outside of Stanford are studying and provided me with fresh insights into my own projects. I have also had the opportunity to practice discussing physics in Chinese, as well as attend research talks in Chinese, enabling me to pick up more technical vocabulary. Performing research in Taiwan has also given me opportunities to collaborate with professors here to extend my work to other research topics, thus forming international networks.
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