Researchers find a platform for stable quantum computing

Harvard researchers have demonstrated the first material that can have both strongly correlated electron interactions and topological properties. The discovery both paves the way for more stable quantum computing and creates an entirely new platform to explore exotic physics.

Leah Burrows • harvard
Dec. 5, 2019 ~6 min

 science-technology  physics  quantum-computing  condensed-matter-physics  department-of-physics  exotic-physics  harris-pirie  jenny-hoffman  nature-physics  samarium-hexaboride  topological-insulators

Harvard scientists develop way to identify topological materials

Though they have unusual properties that could be useful in everything from superconductors to quantum computers, topological materials are frustratingly difficult to predictably produce. To speed up the process, Harvard researchers in a series of studies develop methods for efficiently identifying new materials that display topological properties.

Peter Reuell • harvard
April 16, 2019 ~7 min

 science-technology  materials  faculty-of-arts-and-sciences  fas  harvard  peter-reuell  reuell  quantum-computers  topological-insulators  ashvin-vishwanath  energy-efficiency  insulators  materials-science  superconductors  topological-materials  topology  vishwanath