Advanced Seminar (Oberseminar)
Achim Rosch and Simon Trebst

Fri 12:15-13:45
seminar room E0.03 | Institute for Theoretical Physics (new building)

The seminar will start on Fri April 13th, 2018.


Majorana fermions have been introduced first in the context of high-energy physics, where they decribe relativistic, massless fermions which are their own antiparticle. In recent years they received a lot of attention in the field of solid state physics to describe exotic states of matter. Localized majorana states can also be generated in superconductors with strong spin orbit coupling. Here they can be used to store and process quantum information in a nonlocal way. They therefore have the potential to become powerful building blocks of future quantum computers.

In this seminar we introduce the conceptual and methodological knowledge required to understand the interplay of physics and topology in quantum matter. We aim to keep a balance between the discussion of physical phenomena, and methodological tools required to get along in one of the most rapidly evolving fields of condensed matter physics.


For some talks previous knowledge in Quantum Field Theory is useful, but several topics can also be covered with a basic background in quantum mechanics.


Preliminary schedule