Tuesday, November 13 2018

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M dwarfs are prime targets for current and upcoming exoplanet searches, because they are nearby, numerous, and comparatively easy to detect. Nearby transiting M dwarf terrestrial planets will likely be the first targets of upcoming atmospheric characterization efforts. Critical to these efforts will be the knowledge of the host star’s stellar spectral energy distribution (SED), especially at high energies, and how the SED changes over short and long timescales.

Majorana fermions are non-trivial quantum excitations that have remarkable topological properties and can be used to protect quantum information against decoherence.