2017 KNI-Wheatley Scholar Announced

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The KNI is pleased to announce that Stevan Nadj-Perge, Assistant Professor of Applied Physics and Materials Science, has been named the 2017 KNI-Wheatley Scholar in Nanoscience. 

2017 KNI-Wheatley Scholar Stevan Nadj-Perge

September 15, 2017

Stevan Nadj-Perge has been named the 2017 KNI-Wheatley Scholar in Nanoscience for his proposal to develop a novel nanofabrication technique to integrate atomic size objects, such as atomic chains, into superconducting interferometer devices. This research is a part of a broader effort in his lab to establish experimental protocols for controlling the so-called Majorana bound states (MBSs) formed in atomic chains that are placed on the surface of a superconductor, where the Majorana states refer the zero energy excitations localized at the edges of one-dimensional topological superconductorsthat are predicted to exhibit non-Abelian statistics upon exchange and are considered to be a starting point for realization of topological quantum bits (qubits).

The Nadj-Perge lab is interested in developing mesoscopic devices for applications in quantum information processing. Such devices also provide a playground for exploring exotic electronic states at (sub)-nano length scales. The primary experimental approaches for the research involve scanning tunneling microscopy and electrical transport measurement techniques at cryogenic temperatures.