UIC Physicists Successfully Image Majorana Fermion

Side-by-side images of subatomic particles. Image A on the left shows an irregular green shape labeled Fe ML on a blue and black background. Image B on the left shows the same shape with a bright outline and progressively darker center.

A collaboration between UIC physics researchers led by Professor Dirk Morr, the University of Melbourne (Australia), and the University of Hamburg (Germany) have theoretically predicted and successfully imaged an exotic quantum particle known as the Majorana fermion. This discovery helps pave the way for the development of fault-tolerant quantum bits, or qubits, that are the fundamental building blocks for the creation of quantum computers. The UIC team includes physics graduate students Eric Mascot and Sagen Cocklin.

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The team's findings have been published in Science Advances.