Leo Kouwenhoven

Microsoft Research

Principal Researcher


Leo Kouwenhoven, professor in Applied Physics specializing in the field of Quantum Nano science, is a world leader in the area of electronic properties of nano structures. He’s interested in the question: what are things made of? In 2012, Kouwenhoven succeeded in detecting Majorana particles in a laboratory setting, sparking off excitement among physicists around the world. The discovery of the only particle that has its own anti-particle forms the basis for the quantum computer: a computer that promises to surpass the power of existing computers. Microsoft has recognized the potential of this find and has invested a million euros in the project.

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