Ma­jo­rana par­ti­cles

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What are they?

As yet undis­cov­ered par­ti­cles that act as their own an­tipar­ti­cles. They are named af­ter Et­tore Ma­jo­rana, the Ital­ian physi­cist who pro­posed them in 1937.

Tell me more!

When most par­ti­cles con­front their an­tipar­ti­cles – par­ti­cles with the same mass but op­po­site charge – they an­ni­hi­late each other and emit en­ergy. It is the­o­rised that Ma­jo­rana par­ti­cles do not do this.

Are we any closer to find­ing them?

Univer­sity of Sur­rey re­searchers have cre­ated a method of po­ten­tially de­tect­ing them, by us­ing pho­tons and su­per­con­duct­ing cir­cuits to find Ma­jo­rana par­ti­cles’ sig­na­tures.

So what can they be used for?

Re­searchers be­lieve the par­ti­cles could be of use in the pro­duc­tion of func­tion­ing q-bits, the build­ing blocks [120 words]

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