Elusive particle that is its own antiparticle observed

October 6, 2014 12:05 PM

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Elusive particle that is its own antiparticle observed

Scientists have observed an exotic particle that behaves simultaneously like matter and antimatter, an advance that could yield powerful computers based on quantum mechanics.

Using a two-storey-tall microscope floating in an ultralow-vibration lab at Princeton University's Jadwin Hall, the scientists captured a glowing image of a particle known as a "Majorana fermion" perched at the end of an atomically thin wire - just where it had been predicted to be after decades of ...

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