Faculty of Applied Sciences
Majoranas on the rise
In 2012, the world of physics was rocked by the first observation of the exotic Majorana quasiparticle, in Leo Kouwenhoven’s laboratory. These particles are a promising candidate for robust quantum bits in a topological quantum computer of the future. A major challenge that lies ahead is how to manufacture usable, error-free quantum chips. By using new manufacturing methods, researchers from QuTech, in collaboration with TU Eindhoven, have successfully observed Majoranas in significantly improved conditions. This rules out alternative explanations and also represents another step towards the topological quantum computer of the future. The researchers published their findings today in Nature Nanotechnology.
Scientists explore quantum properties in the two-dimensional limit
As electronic components become smaller and smaller, understanding how materials behave at the nanoscale is crucial for the development of next-generation electronics. Unfortunately it is very difficult to predict what happens when materials are only a few atomic layers thick. To improve our understanding of the so-called ‘quantum properties’ of materials, scientists at the TU Delft investigated thin slices of SrIrO3, a material that belongs to the family of complex oxides. Their findings have recently been published in the prestigious journal Physical Review Letters.
TU Delft to build new laboratory for high-tech electron accelerator
TU Delft will shortly have the use of a brand-new laboratory with an electron accelerator that is unique in the world. This facility, called APPEAL (Advanced Picosecond Pulsed Electron Accelerator Laboratory), will be used to study the properties of materials and it will be located at the Reactor Institute Delft (RID). The start of construction of the new facility was celebrated in the RID complex on Monday 18 December.
Life from the lab
Scientists at TU Delft want to make a synthetic cell from separate biological building blocks.
Crafting matter atom by atom
Over the past twenty years, the scale of data storage decreased at an astonishing rate. With society currently creating more than a billion gigabytes of data every day, further decrease of data storage area is becoming increasingly relevant. Together with his team, however, Prof. Sander Otte from Delft University of Technology found the ultimate solution.
Tinkering under the bonnet of life
CRISPR-Cas9, the technique scientists use to very precisely edit DNA, is receiving global attention. And rightly so, because this technology has far-reaching consequences. A longer life in good health? The end of genetic disorders? Crops that are able to survive in the harshest conditions? CRISPR-Cas9 brings all of this and more within our grasp. The research group of Dr Stan Brouns at the department of Bionanoscience is conducting fundamental research into how CRISPR systems function. What is his take on the forthcoming revolution?