Physics Colloquium - Prof. Jason Alicea
April 8, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Marcus Nanotechnology Building
Conference Rooms 1116-1118
California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
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.