Newly discovered Majorana particles are giving scientists their best chance to create subatomic supercomputers, which could store as many pieces of information as there are particles in the universe.
The discovery was made by researchers in the Netherlands, who say it could be applied to make today’s computer technology obsolete.
The particle’s main application would be for use in “quantum computing,” says Leo Kouwenhoven, a nanoscientist at Delft University:
“The goal is actually to develop those nano-scale devices into little circuits and make something like a quantum computer out of it. They have special properties for quantum computation, which would replace our current computers with ones that are much more efficient than what we have now.”
The discovery of the Majorana particle, along with research by other groups in solid state physics, may soon create a supercomputer revolution – making our technological world both vastly smaller and much more powerful.