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PGI Kolloquium:

Prof. Dr. Leo Kouwenhoven,
Kavli Institute of Nanoscience Delft, University of Technology Delft, the Netherlands

PGI Lecture Hall, Building 04.8, 2nd Floor, Room 365

10.04.2015 11:00 Uhr

Particle physics on a chip

Hunting for a new particle, not in a huge accelerator, but instead in a nanoscale electronic chip: the search for majorana fermions stretches from detectors scanning the cosmos to the properties of special superconductors.

These majoranas have the mysterious property of being equal to their anti-particles, which implies that they have zero spin, zero charge and zero energy. The problem is, how can one detect three times nothing?

Kouwenhoven relates the observation of the first signatures for the existence of majoranas. Moreover, he will explore the connection between majoranas and quantum computers.


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