Researcher Majorana quantum computer Wins Huygens science prize




The thirty Bernard Heck won the Christiaan Huygens science prize with his research into the interweaving of Majorana particles. The method of his research could be used for the development of quantum computers on the basis of Majorana-particles.

Dr. Bernard Heck received the Christiaan Huygens Prize for science Monday and was also winner of the youth award, which was first awarded this year. Heck got the awards for his PhD in 2015 at Leiden University. The science award is given annually to a researcher who has made an innovative contribution to the science.

In his thesis with the name of ‘Quantum Computation with Majorana modes in superconducting circuits “, he describes Coulomb-assisted braiding: interleaving Majoranadeeltjes by means of electrical signals for computer circuits, without moving the particles. This method can help in developing a quantum computer which play Majoranadeeltjeseen role.

Among others, the team of scientists from Delft University of Technology under the leadership of Leo Kouwenhoven is working on a quantum computer makes use of the method of Van Heck. The group of Kouwenhoven proved the existence of Majorana particle, which can help to create qubits less sensitive to disturbances from outside.

Christiaan Huygens prize is a bronze statue of Christiaan Huygens and a cash prize of 10,000 euros.


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