Physics Colloquium: "Majorana Materializes"

Speaker Jason Alicea, Caltech
Date: 10/25/2017
Time: 4 p.m.

141 Loomis

Event Contact: Stephanie Johansson

Department of Physics

Event Type: Seminar/Symposium

In 1937 Ettore Majorana introduced the concept of what are now fittingly called Majorana fermions -- fermionic particles that are their own antiparticles. Nowadays an active search for condensed-matter analogues of these elusive objects is well underway, motivated by both the prospect of revealing new facets of quantum mechanics and longer-term quantum computing applications. This talk will survey recent advances in this pursuit. In particular, I will describe strategies for "engineering" Majorana platforms from simple building blocks, preliminary experimental successes, and future milestones that reveal foundational aspects of Majorana physics directly relevant for quantum computation.

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