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Gilbert Arias

Gilbert Arias
Previous degree(s): 
BS, Physics, California State University, San Bernardino
MS, Physics, California State University, Long Beach
PhD start year: 
Award Year: 
Research Advisor(s): 
Dale Van Harlingen
Description of Research: 

Majorana fermions are exotic quasi-particles thought to be bound to the vortices in topological superconductors. Imaging and manipulation of these vortices are important for quantum information applications. My research is focused on developing a scanning probe microscope which couples a superconducting pick-up loop to a SQUID, which is a very sensitive magnetometer. This microscope can image the magnetic vortices in superconductors and may be used to move them in quantum logic operations.