Majorana Qubits

Leo Kouwenhoven*

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We present an overview of Majorana qubits based on one-dimensional semiconducting nanowires partially covered with a conventional superconductor. Majorana zero modes emerge at the wire ends when this hybrid system transitions from a conventional superconducting phase to a topological phase, in general occurring on increasing a magnetic field. For sufficiently long wires different Majoranas are fully independent and Majorana-based qubit states become topologically protected, which make them insensitive to local sources of noise. We present qubit designs, materials and device development and ongoing experimental efforts.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting, IEDM 2018
EditorsKen Rim, Mariko Takayanagi
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ, USA
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
ISBN (Electronic)978-172811987-8
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event64th Annual IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting, IEDM 2018 - San Francisco, United States
Duration: 1 Dec 20185 Dec 2018


Conference64th Annual IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting, IEDM 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco


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