April 2020
Finding the right quantum materials:
Joseph G. Checkelsky
Associate Professor Joseph G. Checkelsky. Photo by Steph Stevens.
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has awarded MIT associate professor of physics Joseph G. Checkelsky a $1.7 million Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Systems (EPiQS) Initiative grant to pursue his search for new crystalline materials known as “quantum materials” capable of hosting exotic new quantum phenomena.
Maria Zuber on climate change:
 “Breakthroughs will happen”
Climate change is a very personal issue to Maria Zuber, MIT’s vice president for research. A native of eastern Pennsylvania, she watched her grandfathers, both coal miners, battle black-lung disease.
Summer Scholar update:
Leah Borgsmiller
During Summer 2019, Leah Borgsmiller worked on niobium-aluminum thin films for superconducting nanowire single photon detectors in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Professor Karl K. Berggren’s lab. 
Summer Scholar update:
Clement Ekaputra
During Summer 2019, Clement Ekaputra interned in the lab of MIT Professor A. John Hart. In fall 2020, he plans to begin a PhD program at Northwestern University's Materials Science and Engineering department, focusing on additive manufacturing of metals. 
First Majorana signature on common metal
Physicists at MIT and elsewhere have observed evidence of Majorana fermions on the surface of a common metal: gold. The results, published in PNAS , are a major step toward stable, error-proof qubits for quantum computing.
In Other News
Shared experimental facilities closed
MRL shared experimental facilities are closed until further notice.

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Event Calendar
  • MIT ILP Webinar: COVID-19 Webinar: Rapid Prototyping? Thursday, April 30, 2020, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (EDT).

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