Majorana fermions at Fermi velocities: a condensed matter perspective

TYPECondensed Matter Seminar
Speaker:Eytan Grosfeld
Location:Lidow Nathan Rosen (300)

Majorana fermions were predicted almost eighty years ago. While ardently sought in particle physics, conclusive evidence as to their presence is still lacking. Recently, there has been an intensive race towards realizing them in a condensed matter setting. The trigger for this effort is the developing understanding that their realization will open a pathway to a novel quantum computation scheme known as topological quantum computation. In this talk I will describe the properties of materials that can support Majorana modes, their predicted carriers, and physical manifestations of their presence.