Faculty of Applied Sciences

15 January 2018

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.

21 December 2017

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.

19 December 2017

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.

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