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Scientists discover a new state of matter that could transform computing

Called “quantum spin liquid,” it was discovered by scientists at the University of Cambridge and represents the amazing fulfillment of a prediction of a new state of matter that was posited over 40 years ago, reports Nature Materials. The matter causes electrons to break into pieces called “majorana fermions.” Majorana fermions could be a necessary component … Continue reading “Scientists discover a new state of matter that could transform computing”

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Called “quantum spin liquid,” it was discovered by scientists at the University of Cambridge and represents the amazing fulfillment of a prediction of a new state of matter that was posited over 40 years ago, reports Nature Materials. The matter causes electrons to break into pieces called “majorana fermions.” Majorana fermions could be a necessary component needed to make quantum computers faster than ever thought possible. Previously it was believed that electrons were mostly indivisible.

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“It’s an important step for our understanding of quantum matter,” said Dmitry Kovrizhin, one of the co-authors of the study. “It’s fun to have another new quantum state that we’ve never seen before — it presents us with new possibilities to try new things.” [Image: Genevieve Martin, Oak Ridge National Laboratory]

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