Menno Veldhorst

Room F035
++31 (0)152788575

Menno Veldhorst (Harderwijk, 1984) is a tenure-track team leader at QuTech. Veldhorst received his PhD-degree cum laude in 2012 for his research on superconducting and topological hybrids at the university of Twente and was awarded the PhD Overijssel award (see also). He then moved to the university of New South Wales in Sydney to work on quantum computation using silicon quantum dots. Highlights were the demonstration of quantum operations on a single qubit and quantum operations between two qubits. These two together represented the first demonstration of universal quantum logic in silicon, an important step towards a silicon quantum computer, and announced by Physics World as one the top ten breakthroughs in physics in 2015.

The scientific breakthroughs in quantum computation over the past years have put is now at the exciting stage where an actual quantum computer is becoming in sight. While many scientific hurdles still have to be taken, major companies are now stepping in the race to accelerate the research activities that enable quantum technology to become a reality. One of the few remaining qubit candidates  that can serve as the building block for a large-scale universal quantum computer is the spin an electron. Individual electrons can be defined in an almost identical way as the silicon transistor. While this provides an important advantage in scalability, as billions of transistors can be realized on a single chip, a crucial challenge is to control all the individual ‘personalities’ that qubits tend to have and to operate them with very high accuracy. The aim at Qutech is to realize robust and high-quality qubits that can be scaled. The experiments that we carry out require a deep understanding, a lot of creativity and state-of-the-art technology, but have the potential to become the road towards a large-scale quantum computer; all on silicon chip.

Enthusiastic students and postdocs looking for an opening please feel free to contact me.
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Spin-orbit coupling and operation of multivalley spin qubits
M. Veldhorst, R. Ruskov, C.H. Yang, J.C.C. Hwang, F.E. Hudson, M.E. Flatté, C. Tahan, K.M. Itoh, A. Morello, and A.S. Dzurak
Physical Review B 92, 201401 (R) 2015

Multiple Fermi pockets revealed by Shubnikov-de Haas oscillations in WTe2
F.X. Xiang, M. Veldhorst, S.X. Dou, X.L. Wang
European Physics Letters 112, 3 (2015)

A two-qubit logic gate in silicon
M. Veldhorst, C.H. Yang, J.C.C. Hwang, W. Huang, J.P. Dehollain, J.T. Muhonen, S. Simmons, A. Laucht, F.E. Hudson, K.M. Itoh, A. Morello, and A.S. Dzurak
Nature 526, 410-414 (2015)
Nature Photonics research highlights
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Non-exponential fidelity decay in randomized benchmarking with low-frequency
M.A. Fogarty, M. Veldhorst, R. Harper, C.H. Yang, S.D. Bartlett, S.T. Flammia, and A.S. Dzurak
Physical Review A 92, 022326 (2015)

Observation of a topological transition of the Fermi surface from a spindle-torus to a torus in large bulk Rashba spin-split BiTeCl
F.X. Xiang, X.-L. Wang, M. Veldhorst, S.X. Dou, and M.S. Fuhrer
Physical Review B 92, 035123 (2015)

Many-particle Majorana modes: derivation and current-phase relation in superconducting double quantum dots
T.E. O’Brien, A.R. Wright, and M. Veldhorst
Physica Status Solidi B 252, 1731-1742 (2015)

Electrically controlling single spin qubits in a continuous microwave field
A. Laucht, J.T. Muhonen, F.A. Mohiyaddin, R. Kalra, J.P. Dehollain, S. Freer, F.E. Hudson, M. Veldhorst, R. Rahman, G. Klimeck, K.M. Itoh, D.N. Jamieson, J.C. McCallum, A.S. Dzurak, and A. Morello
Science Advances 1, 3 (2015)

Een silicium quantum computer
M. Veldhorst, A. Morello, and A.S. Dzurak
Nederlands Tijdschrift voor de Natuurkunde 81, 3 (maart 2015)

An addressable quantum dot qubit with fault-tolerant fidelity
M. Veldhorst, J.C.C. Hwang, C.H. Yang, A.W. Leenstra, B. de Ronde, J.P. Dehollain, J.T. Muhonen, F.E. Hudson, K.M. Itoh, A. Morello, and A.S. Dzurak
Nature Nanotechnology 9, 981-985 (2014)
Nature Nanotechnology News and views: Quantum computation: Silicon comes back
Nature Nanotechnology Front cover
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Nonlocal spin-entangled Andreev reflection, fractional charge, and current-phase relations in topological bilayer-exciton-condensate junctions
M. Veldhorst, M. Hoek, M. Snelder, H. Hilgenkamp, A.A. Golubov, and A. Brinkman,
Physical Review B 90, 035428 (2014)

Localized many particle Majorana fermions with vanishing time reversal symmetry breaking in double quantum dots
A.R. Wright and M. Veldhorst
Physical Review Letters 111, 096801 (2013)

Andreev bound states and current-phase relations in three dimensional topological insulators
M. Snelder, M. Veldhorst, A.A. Golubov, and A. Brinkman
Physical Review B 87, 104507 (2013)

Superconducting and topological hybrids
M. Veldhorst
PhD-thesis, ISBN 978-90-365-3412-3 (2012)

Magnetotransport and induced superconductivity in Bi based three-dimensional topological insulators
M. Veldhorst, M. Snelder, M. Hoek, C.G. Molenaar, D.P. Leusink, A.A. Golubov, H. Hilgenkamp, and A. Brinkman
Physica Status Solidi RRL 70, 162 (2013)

Optimizing the Majorana character of SQUIDs with topologically non-trivial barriers
M. Veldhorst, C.G. Molenaar, C.J.M. Verwijs, H. Hilgenkamp, and A. Brinkman
Physical Review B 86, 024509 (2012)

Experimental realization of SQUIDs with topological insulator junction
M. Veldhorst, C.G. Molenaar, X.L. Wang, H. Hilgenkamp, and A. Brinkman
Applied Physics Letters 100, 072602 (2012)

Josephson supercurrent through a topological insulator surface state
M. Veldhorst, M. Snelder, M. Hoek, T. Gang, X.L. Wang, V.K. Guduru, U. Zeitler, W.G. v.d. Wiel, A.A. Golubov, H. Hilgenkamp, and A. Brinkman
Nature Materials 11, 417-421 (2012)

Long range supercurrents in ferromagnetic CrO2 using a multilayer contact structure
M.S. Anwar, M. Veldhorst, A. Brinkman, and J. Aarts
Applied Physics Letters 100, 052602 (2012)

Nonlocal Cooper pair splitting in a pSn junction
M. Veldhorst, and A. Brinkman
Physical Review Letters 105, 107002 (2010)

Magnetization-induced resistance switching effects in LaSrMnO/YBCO bi- and trilayers
M. van Zalk, M. Veldhorst, A. Brinkman, J. Aarts, and H. Hilgenkamp
Physical Review B 79, 134509 (2009)

Properties of MgB2 films grown at various temperatures by hybrid physical-chemical vapour deposition
K.Chen, M. Veldhorst, C.H. Lee, D.R. Lamborn, R. DeFrain, J.M. Redwing, Q. Li, and X.X.Xi
Superconductor Science and Technology 21, 095015 (2008)