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Quantum computing with Majorana fermions


A Majorana fermion is an exotic particles with the unusual property of being its own anti-particle, first hypothesised by Ettore Majorana in 1937. Is it possible to use these peculiar particles as information carriers in a quantum computer?


Dr Arne Grimsmo.

Research location

School of Physics

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Majorana fermions are exotic particles that exist in certain one-dimensional quantum systems. One of their most fascinating properties is that they can be used as carriers of quantum information in a quantum computer. It is, however, largely an open question how to best enact a quantum computation using Majorana fermions, and several competing proposals are currently investigated by the research community. In this theory project we will develop new quantum computing schemes with Majorana fermions and attempt to quantify their potential. The project will include close interactions with Microsoft Quantum — Sydney, who are working on realizing Majorana fermions in the lab.

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HDR Inherent Requirements

In addition to the academic requirements set out in the Science Postgraduate Handbook, you may be required to satisfy a number of inherent requirements to complete this degree. Example of inherent requirement may include:

- Confidential disclosure and registration of a disability that may hinder your performance in your degree;
- Confidential disclosure of a pre-existing or current medical condition that may hinder your performance in your degree (e.g. heart disease, pace-maker, significant immune suppression, diabetes, vertigo, etc.);
- Ability to perform independently and/or with minimal supervision;
- Ability to undertake certain physical tasks (e.g. heavy lifting);
- Ability to undertake observatory, sensory and communication tasks;
- Ability to spend time at remote sites (e.g. One Tree Island, Narrabri and Camden);
- Ability to work in confined spaces or at heights;
- Ability to operate heavy machinery (e.g. farming equipment);
- Hold or acquire an Australian driver’s licence;
- Hold a current scuba diving license;
- Hold a current Working with Children Check;
- Meet initial and ongoing immunisation requirements (e.g. Q-Fever, Vaccinia virus, Hepatitis, etc.)

You must consult with your nominated supervisor regarding any identified inherent requirements before completing your application.

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Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is 2680

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