The Majorana Fermion (alias The Major) has been sought by police authorities for more than 75 years; in fact, since 1937, when his daddy, Ettore Majorana, first reveal his existence to the world. And now, finally, that elusive fugitive has been captured, and put into a bound state, or prison cell. Detectives were able to lure him into an iron wire, and then cornered him at the end of that wire. It is believed that in such a bound state, The Major will lose his anti-social fermion behavior and start behaving more gregariously, like an anyon. Here is a mugshot of The Major, while in his prison cell:
This rainbow-colored picture is meant to convey, respectfully, the fact that The Major is LGBT (he is neither a fermion nor a boson, but something gay in between). Leon Lederman calls him The Gay Particle.
For a police report describing the events that led to The Major’s capture, see
And here is a Wikipedia profile of this most wanted fugitive:
So what will come next? A quantum computer composed of millions of gay particles? The conservatives are horrified at this prospect, and have vowed to do everything in their power to oppose the building of such an abomination, a gay quantum computer, something which is explicitly forbidden by the Bible.
- My solid state skills are a bit rusty, but no fear…Sumathi to the rescue. Thank you Sumathi and Ashoke! Excellent summary by Sumathi Rao
- Kitaev’s original paper (very beautiful)