Sergey Frolov's Research Article Named Best Article of the Year by Science

A paper in the prestigious journal Science coauthored by PQI faculty Sergey Frolov has garnered him and his colleagues the 2012 Newcomb Cleveland Prize, an annual honor awarded to the author or authors of the best research article or report appearing in Science, which is published weekly by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The prize carries with it a cash award of $25,000.

The paper, “Signatures of Majorana fermions in hybrid superconductor-semiconductor nanowire devices,” highlights the detection of the Majorana fermion, a long-sought-after physics particle expected to have properties ideal for quantum computing. The article was published in Science on May 25, 2012, and featured on that issue’s cover.

"We are humbled by the honor of this prize," said Frolov, study coprincipal investigator. "We will continue exploring the field that we started with this paper, and, in my new laboratory at Pitt, we’ll use Majorana particles to assemble the building blocks of a quantum computer."

Frolov worked on the research detailed in the paper while serving as a postdoctoral fellow in the Netherlands at Delft University of Technology. His collaborators include Vincent Mourik, Leo Kouwenhoven, and Kun Zuo of Delft University of Technology and Sebastien Plissard and Erik Bakkers from Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands.

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