Even-denominator states of the fractional quantum Hall effect (e.g. ??=5/2) are expected to host excitations that have non-abelian anyonic statistics, making them promising candidates for the realization of topological quantum computing . While the demonstration of these non-abelian statistics has long been an extremely challenging endeavor, recent experiments in GaAs semiconductor heterostructures have shown that the edge thermal conductance of the ??=??/?? state is quantized in half-integer values of the thermal conductance quantum [2,3]. This half-integer quantization is known to be an universal signature of non-abelian statistics, including of Majorana fermions . However, many of the suspected candidates for the ground state of ??=5/2 have complex edge structures exhibiting counterpropagating neutral modes, which can modify the edge thermal conductance and give them non-integer values similar to that of a non-abelian edge. A very recent experiment  has circumvented the issue by finding a way to separate the contributions of the different channels at the edge, confirming the existence of a non-abelian channel with half-integer quantized electrical and thermal conductance. The next obvious interrogation is whether this result is truly universal: does it hold for different material, and different even-denominator states?
In this project, we propose to address these questions by performing heat transport measurements in fractional quantum Hall states in bilayer graphene. Bernal-stacked bilayer graphene (BLG) has recently shown to host a large variety of robust even-denominator fractional quantum Hall states [5-8], both hole- and electron-type. This provides an excellent test-bed on which to probe the thermal conductance, as these fractions are expected to be described by different (possibly non-abelian) ground states; furthermore, the ability to apply electric displacement fields allows a further degree of control over the even-denominator states, which can be investigated in terms of heat transport.
This experimental project relies on ultra-low temperature, high magnetic field thermal transport  based on high sensitivity-sensitivity electrical measurements. We are looking for highly motivated candidates whoe are interested in all aspects of the project, both experimental (sample fabrication, low noise measurements, cryogenics) and theoretical.
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