Physics Colloquium - Topological Insulators and Superconductors: Materials Frontier

Event Date: 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 4:00pm

Event Location: 

  • Broida 1640

Event Contact: 


Yoichi Ando, Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research, Osaka University


Topological insulators and superconductors are new quantum states of matter that are characterized by nontrivial topological structures of the Hilbert space. Recently, they attract a lot of attention because of the appearance of exotic quasi particles such as spin-helical Dirac fermions of Majorana fermions on their surfaces, which hold promise for various novel applications. In this colloquium, I will introduce the basis of those materials and present some of the breakthroughs we have made in this new materials frontier