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From Topological Insulators to Majorana Fermions

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A topological insulator is a material that is an insulator on its interior, but has special conducting states on its surface. These surface states are unlike any other known two dimensional conductor. They are characterized by a unique Dirac type dispersion relation and are protected by a topological property of material’s underlying electronic structure. In this talk we will review the theoretical and experimental advances that opened the topological insulator field and discuss the related phenomena of topological superconductivity, in which the protected boundary states are Majorana fermions. We will discuss prospects for observing Majorana fermion states using Josephson junction devices that combine topological insulators with superconductivity.

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