Why should anyone care about computing with anyons?

Gavin K. Brennen*, Jiannis K. Pachos

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In this article we present a pedagogical introduction of the main ideas and recent advances in the area of topological quantum computation. We give an overview of the concept of anyons and their exotic statistics, present various models that exhibit topological behaviour and establish their relation to quantum computation. Possible directions for the physical realization of topological systems and the detection of anyonic behaviour are elaborated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-24
Number of pages24
JournalProceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
Issue number2089
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jan 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Quantum computing
  • Topological models
  • Topological quantum computation


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