PHYSICS COLLOQUIUM
California State University Long Beach

Monday, October 23, 2017
11:15 am in PH1-223

(Refreshments served at 10:45am in HSCl-224)
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Majorana Materializes
Prof. Jason Alicea
California Institute of Technology

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.