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- Feb. 14, 2017
Astronomers have discovered that powerful radio jets from a supermassive black hole – which normally suppress star formation – are actually stimulating the production of cold gas in the galaxy’s halo, proving the existence of a powerful feedback mechanism that potentially fuels future star birth.
- Feb. 13, 2017
Two physicists from the University of Waterloo and Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics have succeeded in using machine learning to “recognize” phases of matter.
- Jan. 30, 2017
- Mar. 28, 2017
Proximity Superconductivity in Nb/InAs nanowire Josephson Junctions
InAs nanowires can make highly transparent interfaces with metallic superconductors, and are a candidate system in which Majorana bound states (MBS) can form. In this talk I explore the physics of Nb/InAs nanowire Josephson junctions, detailing the experimental challenges of the search for MBS, and the rich and complex phenomena that occur due to the interplay of proximity superconductivity and the potential profile of the nanowire, such as Orbital Josephson interference and Andreev bound states.
- Mar. 29, 2017
Dr. Daniel Palanker
Department of Ophthalmology, School of Medicine, and Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory
- Mar. 31, 2017
Dr. Michal Bajcsy
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and IQC