Proximity engineered hybrid materials have shown promise for topological quantum information processing. This form of quantum computing provides a stable, error-tolerant approach for building scalable quantum information processors. Topological quantum computing relies on braiding non-Abelian particles, such as Majorana fermions, which do not exist in nature. One can however use materials engineering to create these particles in topological insulators that are proximity coupled to superconductors and magnetic insulators. In this project we synthesize high quality topological insulators and superconductors, couple them together to form a clean interface (“strong proximity”), and use tunneling spectroscopy to identify the presence of Majorana fermions. Once we are able to move the Majorana particles in a controlled fashion, we then braid an array of them and extract topological quantum information. This will provide the first demonstration of non-Abelian statistics on topological insulators and the first realization of topological quantum computing.
Topological Quantum Computing on Majorana Platform
Full-scale quantum computing will require the capability for error-tolerant quantum information processing.
January 11, 2017
Portable Quantum Dot Measurement System
Summary Detecting heavy metals in water is essential to ensure clean drinking water and appropriate regulatory decisions following an accident (e.g., a spill) or an emergency. Traditionally, high-sensitivity detection of heavy metals requires bulky and costly (to purchase and operate) lab-based instruments. We propose developing a palm-sized, element-specific, highly-sensitive, battery-operated, smartphone-controlled system for on-site measurement […]
July 21, 2022
Inverse Photoemission Spectroscopy of Quantum Materials
Summary Quantum materials that exhibit strong electron correlations lead to phenomena, such as superconductivity and topologically protected states, that are important for quantum computation, sensing, and other applications. For example, we may utilize symmetry protected topological states to make qubits that are robust against decoherence, while advances in high temperature superconductors may significantly reduce […]
September 20, 2018