Towards realizing topological superconductivity in quantum wires

Speaker: 
Vincent Mourik, University of New South Wales
Event Date and Time: 
Thu, 2016-06-23 14:00 - 15:00
Location: 
Hennings 318
Local Contact: 
Dmitry Pikulin
Intended Audience: 
Graduate

The engineering of topological superconductors and the observation and control of their non-abelian quasiparticles is a dominant effort in condensed matter physics, both out of fundamental interest and for their potential application in topological quantum computing. A one-dimensional semiconducting nanowire with strong spin-orbit interaction that is proximity coupled to a standard s-wave superconductor is a particularly attractive implementation of a topological superconductor due to its relative ease of fabrication. In this talk I will give an overview of my PhD research on this topic at Delft University of Technology, with a particular focus on the Josephson effect in the presence of a parallel magnetic field in such nanowires.

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