Towards realization of protected qubits using topological superconductivity

Lecture / Panel
For NYU Community



Javad Shabani

Center for Quantum Information Physics (CQIP)
NYU Tandon School of Engineering



A central goal in quantum computing research is to protect and control quantuminformation from noise. This talk will provide recent progress on the developing field of topological superconductivity where we can encode information in spatially separated Majorana zero modes (MZM). We show that topological superconductivity can be achieved in certain hybrid materials where the topological properties are not found in the constituent materials. These special MZMs are formed at the location of topological defects (e.g. boundaries, domain walls,..) and manifest non-Abelian braiding statistics that can be used in noise-free unitary gate operations. We show by engineering a reconfigurable domain walls on a Josephson junction we can create a scalable platform to study MZM properties and their applications in quantum information science.



Javad Shabani is an Associate Professor of Physics and Director of the Center for Quantum Information Physics at New York University. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University and conducted post-doctoral research at Harvard University and University of California, Santa Barbara. His research interests are mainly on developing novel quantum hardware using materials innovation with recent research focus on topological superconductivity and developing voltage-controlled superconducting qubits. He is an active member of quantum education and workforce development in the New York area. He is recipient of US Army and US Air Force young investigator awards