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Jason Alicea. “New directions in the pursuit of Majorana fermions in solid state systems.” Reports on Progress in Physics 75, no. 7 (2012): 076501.

New directions in the pursuit of Majorana fermions in solid state systems – Part 1

Having done a simple introduction to topological superconductivity, it is worth looking into at least some of the proposals for realizing topological superconductivity in different solid-state systems. The above paper contains a well-written summary of schemes to engineer time-reversal broken topological superconductors in one and two dimensions. Moreover, it also discusses proposals for detection of Majorana zero modes at the boundaries of these topological superconductors.

With the permission of the presenter, the slides for this journal club meeting can be found in the PDF file here. The PDF slides are only in the reading mode; they do not contain any animations. If you notice any typos or scientific inaccuracies in the slides, I would be grateful if you could bring them to my attention by sending me an email.