The super computer: programming Mother Nature
Superfast calculations. New metals with fantastic properties. Medicines that have been a long time coming. The quantum computer would make all of these possible. As one of a Delft-Leiden team of three, Carlo Beenakker is going to build a quantum computer. They have been awarded millions in research funding from the European Union to set up a proper workplace.
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The hunt for the Majorana particle
Carlo Beenakker was closely involved in the hunt for the Majorana particle, which was finally observed in 2012 by Leo Kouwenhoven and his research group in Delft. This world-class discovery may well represent a breakthrough in the attempt to build a quantum computer. (Photo right: a representation of the Majorana particle. Photograph provided courtesy of Alexey Drjahlov.)
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A voyage of nano discovery
‘The more we know about the world of the very small and the better we can develop a language to describe all that happens there, the easier it will be to understand this world,’ says Carlo Beenakker. He and researchers from other Dutch universities are embarking on a voyage of discovery that will that will take them the next few years.
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Graphene: the thinnest material in the world
‘The thinnest, strongest, greatest material in the world,’ is how Carlo Beenakker describes graphene, a carbon layer only a single atom thick. We may be able to use this material to make new, superconducting computer chips or ultra-thin touchscreens. Beenakker and his colleagues devoted five years to the conducting properties of graphene.
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