Introduction to Majorana Topological Qubits
Abstract: This presentation will introduce some of the experimental approaches to building topological qubits and the theories supporting current research. Beginning from the early toy models that first proposed the formation of Majorana bound states, I aim to convey an understanding of why topological qubits are so resistant to decoherence. I will introduce the “ingredients” necessary to build a Majorana device and some of the challenges involved. Finally, I will discuss the field's current state and what might be next on the journey to making topological quantum computing a reality. Neither an understanding of topology nor quantum algorithms are necessary to enjoy this talk!