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DCCQS Colloquium: Dr. Anton Akhmerov: Quantized chiral transmission that isn't quantum Hall

Dec 06, 2023 | 04:00 PM c.t.
Dr. Anton Akhmerov

Dr. Anton Akhmerov
Image Credit: TU Delft

Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Department of Quantum Nanoscience, Delft, The Netherlands

Colloquium of the Dahlem Center for Complex Quantum Systems

There are several ways to prevent a wave from scattering.

The oldest known one is making the potential smooth, which protects conductance quantization in a quantum point contact. Topology of a gapped bulk of a quantum Hall insulator makes all the modes turn in the same direction and prevents them from scattering by separating them in space.

I am going to demonstrate how adiabaticity - the smoothness of the wave function evolution can be used to protect perfect transmission without relying on spatial separation. This effect of chiral adiabatic transmission appears in ballistic multiterminal Josephson junctions, and the number of chiral channels equals to the number of 2D Fermi surfaces of the normal state dispersion.

I will explain how both the propagation of the modes in a Josephson junction and their protection from scattering into each other are enabled by the same physical parameter - the curvature of the dispersion relation.

Time & Location

Dec 06, 2023 | 04:00 PM c.t.

Lecture Hall B (0.1.01)
Department of Physics
Arnimallee 14
14195 Berlin

Further Information


Dr. Maxim Breitkreiz


  • 2D Fermi surfaces
  • adiabaticity
  • Anton Akhmerov
  • chiral adiabatic transmission
  • colloquium
  • Dahlem Center for Complex Quantum Systems
  • Josephson junctions
  • quantum Hall
  • quantum nanoscience
  • quantum physics
  • research
  • transmission
  • wave function