Quantum Bayesian Networks

October 3, 2014

First Ever Photo of Majorana Fugitive

Filed under: Uncategorized — rrtucci @ 4:55 am

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:
anyon-selfie
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

http://phys.org/news/2014-10-majorana-fermion-physicists-elusive-particle.html

And here is a Wikipedia profile of this most wanted fugitive:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Majorana_fermion

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.

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8 Comments »

  1. […] but suspect that the justification of the CERN budget is partly to blame for the media frenzy.  The gay particle, on the other hand, is no less spectacular – especially since its theoretical prediction by far […]

    Pingback by Progressing from the God Particle to the Gay Particle | Wavewatching — October 5, 2014 @ 9:58 pm

  2. Hello Bob: I don’t really have any comment on this particular topic! But, I came across this link of some fabulous scenery of your great country. I simply couldn’t resist bringing it to the attention of some American friend. If you haven’t seen it in person, I highly recommend that you have it on your “places to see list.” I hope you are well. Enjoy!.

    https://www.google.ca/search?q=grand+canyon+scenery&hl=en&rlz=1T4GGLL_enCA327CA327&prmd=ivns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=-HgQTrS6G4KCsgK7qfn-CQ&ved=0CBoQsAQ&biw=645&bih=522&gws_rd=ssl

    Comment by Sol Warda — October 17, 2014 @ 3:48 am

  3. Thanks Sol. The Artiste company may soon become a Canadian-American company. More news coming soon, I hope.

    Comment by rrtucci — October 17, 2014 @ 4:24 am

  4. Self-adjoint operators are everywhere!

    Comment by JG — October 25, 2014 @ 6:30 pm

  5. JG, as Sumathi explains in here review, a Mayorana field is more than just a self-adjoint operator. It must be defined at each spacetime point, The fields at different spacetime points must anti-commute, and each field at a single point must square to one.

    Comment by rrtucci — October 25, 2014 @ 8:09 pm

  6. I said “defined at each spacetime point”. That would only be for a fundamental particle. Kitaev’s Majorana particle is only defined at the two ends of a wire. The way I like to think of it, a Majorana particle behaves like the real (or imaginary) part of a (qubit, i.e. fermionic) creation operator.

    Comment by rrtucci — October 26, 2014 @ 2:36 pm

  7. Hello Bob: I don’t know if you are a believer in “many-worlds” interpretation of quantum mechanics, but here is a new paper bolstering the claims of those physicists who DO believe in it. Have a nice day.
    http://phys.org/news/2014-10-interacting-worlds-theory-scientists-interaction.html

    Comment by Sol Warda — November 2, 2014 @ 3:30 pm

  8. Sol, the truth is I have no interest in the many-worlds interpretation. It has been around for a very long time and has never contributed anything useful to physics.
    https://qbnets.wordpress.com/2011/04/29/dont-shut-up-and-dont-calculate/

    Comment by rrtucci — November 2, 2014 @ 6:56 pm


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