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Physics Colloquium: "Majorana Materializes"

Event Type
Seminar/Symposium
Sponsor
Department of Physics
Location
141 Loomis
Date
Oct 25, 2017   4:00 pm  
Speaker
Jason Alicea, Caltech
Contact
Stephanie Johansson
E-Mail
sjohanss@illinois.edu
Phone
217-300-4241
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Originating Calendar
Physics - Colloquium

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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