The nominating institution University of Zurich on the breakthrough:

Neuromorphic and quantum computers will revolutionize the way we perform calculations. Both concepts require new hardware foundations, creating a demand for quantum materials with exotic properties. In particular, systems with topological effects — described using tools from the name-bearing field of mathematics — are promising due to their universality and robustness. This research effort identifies conceptually novel principles for topological matter and materials in which they are realized.

Tags: Artificial Intelligence, Digitalisation, Quantum Technologies.