Building a topological quantum computer one atomic layer at a time

Note: Refreshments in SCI Lounge at 2:45pm
Speaker: Michael Manfra, Purdue

When: April 4, 2017 (Tue), 03:30PM to 04:30PM (add to my calendar)
Location: COM 101
Hosted by: Claudio Chamon

This event is part of the Physics Department Colloquia Series.

Quantum computation requires initialization, manipulation, and readout of information that is stored in quantum-mechanical two-level systems – the qubits. At present many possible physical systems are explored as potential platforms for quantum computation, include superconducting qubits, trapped ions, and various semiconductor systems. A principal challenge to all quantum technologies is loss of information due to decoherence. In this talk I will describe our efforts to build semiconductor and semiconductor-superconductor hybrid systems that may form the basis for future quantum technologies that are robust against decoherence. We focus on hybrid high-spin-orbit-coupling (SOC) semiconductor-superconductor interfaces that are believed to support Majorana zero modes that may be topologically protected against decoherence. The interplay of material properties, device operation, and qubit function will be discussed.