Magnetic topological insulators for robust Majorana bound states

We propose to study the interplay between magnetism, band topology, and superconductivity with the aim of realizing robust topological states as future building blocks for quantum computation. Our project will combine experiments, materials simulations, and solid-state theory in order to study Majorana bound states based on magnetic topological insulators (MTIs) with proximity-induced superconductivity. This project will lead to important new insights, both in theory and experiment, about MTIs. The latter, in turn, will lead us to the ultimate goal of our project, which is to unambiguously identify Majorana bound states in MTI nanowires, and to pave the way for their future use in topological quantum computation.



  • Coordinator: Thomas Schmidt (University of Luxembourg, LU)
  • Thomas Schäpers (Forschungszentrum Jülich, DE)
  • Peter Schüffelgen (Forschungszentrum Jülich, DE)
  • Kristof Moors (Forschungszentrum Jülich, DE)
  • Llorenç Serra (University of the Balearic Islands, ES)
  • Malcolm Connolly (Imperial College London, UK)



Call year

Call 2021

Call topic

Quantum Phenomena and Resources

Area of research

Quantum computation

Start date

July 2022


36 months

Funding support

€ 1 222 949

Project status

In Progress