In 1937 an Italian scientist named Ettore Majorana had theorized that there would be a particle that could have its own antimatter particle as part of its makeup. Seventy years later, Scientists from Princeton University have discovered this particle and the results have been published in the Journal Science.
The Princeton scientists created an experiment that allowed them to see an emergent particle that they could find inside a material. Like something out of a science fiction movie, the scientists had to build a microscope two stories tall to see the glowing new particle. Leader of the team, Physics professor Ali Yazdani pointed out that this discovery may lead to such applications as quantum computing. Quantum computing is a dream of industry, government, military, and consumers. It would make computers so fast and able to process data and store data at almost unimaginable levels. The sheer magnitude of the possible applications means the world we know of as far as computer efficiency could change in ways hitherto unheard of.
The experiment they engineered called for them to place an extended chain created of pre magnetic iron atoms. The iron atoms were placed on a superconductor that was composed of lead. When scientists cooled the material to a bone shattering -457 degrees Fahrenheit they then peered at the material through the giant microscope they had created. They then observed that a primary property of Majoranafermion, named after the Italian physicist, could be seen at the ends of the iron wires. It was the electrical neutral signal they were looking for.
It is inevitable that the researchers will be inundated by inquiries from government and industry as well as academia. To discover a particle that displays both the characteristics of matter and antimatter is not only rare but until recently, thought impossible. Common thought is that when matter meets antimatter, which is very rare, the two particles will explode and annihilate one another. Thought to be a source of incalculable power, antimatter has been observed and collected by some researchers. If a particle like this new one can be harnessed for energy the sky would be the limit.
More research will be called for as other scientists will need to chime in after reproducing the experiment and seeing if the same results can be had.