Monday, 10/31/2016, 4:15pm
17 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02318
Ali Yazdani, Class of 1909 Professor of Physics, Director of the Princeton Center for Complex Materials, Princeton University
"Loeb Colloquium in Physics: Spotting the elusive Majorana under the microscope"
Majorana famously considered that there may be fermions in nature that are their own antiparticle - and then he mysteriously disappeared just after proposing the idea in 1938. In recent years, we have learned how to engineer materials that harbor quasiparticles
that behave as the fermions Majorana had envisioned. In this talk, I will describe how we can now create materials that harbor Majorana fermions and our unique ability to visualize them. I also will discuss how Majoranas in materials have exotic properties
beyond just being their own antiparticles and their potential for creating a quantum computer.
and open to the public