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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



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.


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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