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Majorana Materializes

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Date and time Mar 30, 2017
from 04:10 PM to 05:00 PM
Location 60 St. George Street MP 102
Host Arun Paramekanti

Jason Alicea

Caltech

AliceaIn 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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