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Geometric phases, pumping, and dissipation in quantum devices

Activity Code: ICT-2007.8.0
Coordinator: Prof. Alexander Shnirman, Institut für Theorie der Kondensierten Materie, Karlsruher Institut für Technolgie (KIT)


The aim of this project is to investigate how dissipation influences the geometric phases and geometric pumping in quantum solid-state devices and to assess the role of geometric manipulations in future ICT applications. Since all realistic solid-state devices suffer from dissipation due to their coupling to uncontrolled environment with many degrees of freedom it is crucial to understand how the geometric effects are modified and whether they are still useful. 

Project Details:

Start Date: 01.09.2009
End Date: 31.08.2012
EU Contribution: 2.05 Mio. Euro
Total Costs: 2.73 Mio. Euro
Funding Scheme: Collaborative project (generic)
Scientific Coordinator: Prof. Alexander Shnirman, alexander.shnirman@kit.edu
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  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
  • Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, Switzerland
  • Université Joseph Fourier Grenoble 1, France
  • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France
  • Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
  • Budapesti Muszaki es Gazdasagtudomanyi Egyetem, Hungary
  • Universität Duisburg-Essen, Germany
  • Teknillinen Korkeakoulu, Finland
  • Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy