Scientists at Delft University of Technology have succeeded in detecting a tiny particle which they say is on the ‘border between matter and anti-matter’ and could lead to the creation of quantum super computers.
The existence of the majorana particle was first mooted back in the 1930s when Italian physicist Ettore Majorana used quantum theory to formulate the possibility of the existence of a very special particle, known as the majorana fermion.
The discovery of majorana fermions ‘opens up a new and uncharted chapter of fundamental physics’ and ‘may also play a role in cosmology’, the university said in a press release.
Scientists also view the particles as fundamental building blocks for the quantum computer – which will be far more powerful than the best super computer but so far only exists in theory.
The results of the Delft research, which was partly funded by Microsoft, have been published in the scientific magazine Science, the university press release said.
Nanoscientists find long-sought Majorana particle