University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

  • Scientists turn a nanowire with exotic currents into a probe for magnetism

    From UIUC: A team of researchers led by Vidya Madhavan at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign added a twist to their scanning tunneling microscope by replacing the tip with a nanowire made from an exotic material. They use the nanowire to image magnetic features in an approach that has potential advantages compared to other methods. The team plans to modify the nanowire to see if it can reveal even more material features or, for example, detect particles called Majorana fermions, which have long been proposed as the basis for novel quantum computing devices. Read More