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Topological Insulators and Superconductors: Materials Frontier

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  • Visitor Seminars
When Sep 10, 2012
from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM
Where ENGR. IV Bldg., Shannon Room 54-134
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Yoichi Ando

Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research,Osaka University

 

Abstract:

Topological insulators and superconductors are new quantum states of matter that are characterized by the appearance of exotic quasiparticles such as spin-helical Dirac fermions or Majorana fermions on their surface. Their exotic surface states hold promise for various novel applications including spintronics and quantum computing. In this seminar, I will introduce the basics of those materials and present some of the breakthroughs we have made in this new materials frontier.


Biography:

Yoichi Ando is a professor at the Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research at Osaka University. Dr. Ando is an experimental condensed-matter physicist, and he has made numerous contributions to various subjects including high-temperature superconductors and topological insulators. Dr. Ando received his BS, MS and PhD in physics from the University of Tokyo. He did his postdoc at Bell Laboratories in 1994-1996, and then led a research group at Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry in Japan, where he eventually became a department head, before moving to Osaka University in 2007. Dr. Ando received the Superconductivity Science and Technology Award in 2003 and the prestigious JSPS Prize in 2006. He is currently a Co-Editor of Europhysics Letters.

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