Fernando Peñaranda

Currently I am a  Phd student under the supervision of Elsa Prada and Pablo San José in the Theory of Quantum Materials and Solid State Quantum Technologies group at the Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (ICMM).

I graduated in physics from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid where I also obtained my master’s degree on condensed matter physics.

I am interested in the role of topology in the understanding of exotic quantum many-body phases in condensed matter systems.  In particular, my current line of research focuses on the theoretical study of low-dimensional topological superconductors, systems known to host Majorana bound states. These are non-abelian excitations inherently protected against local sources of decoherence, and thus, have potential interest for quantum computation purposes.

Throughout my Phd I will be studying the properties and mechanisms responsible for topological superconducting phases in graphene-based heterostructures. This research will be carried out in close proximity to the ongoing experiments being conducted in the Topograph project.