Eindhoven University of Technology

Researchers Present Advanced Quantum Chip That May Prove Majorana Particles Exist

Researchers have been trying to prove the existence of the mysterious Majorana particles for quite some time now, and this month a team from the Eindhoven University of Technology, Delft University of Technology and the University of California may have just cracked the puzzle. These particles were first demonstrated back in 2012 and the interesting thing about them is that as well as being a particle, they’re their own antiparticle too.

The quantum chip that’s been developed consists of ultra thin networks of nanowires made into the shape of ‘hashtags’ that allow Majorana particles to swap places. Knowing this is a vital step towards using it as a basis for building quantum computers. These particles were first predicted back in 1937 by Italian physicist Ettore Majorana. Then in 2012, researchers from the Delft University of Technology and Eindhoven University of Technology presented for the first time experimental signatures for the existence of Majorana fermion[…]


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