|The Army Wants to Use a Theoretical Particle To Make an Unhackable Quantum Computer|
Last July, a group of researchers from UC Irvine, UCLA, and Stanford announced they’d found the first strong evidence of the Majorana fermion, an elusive particle first theorised over 80 years ago that acts as its own antiparticle. The evidence of the Majorana fermion was hailed as a major “landmark” in physics, but it didn’t take long for the US Army, which funded the research, to begin considering wartime applications for the particle.
As detailed in an Army statement released Monday, the US military is considering how to deploy the Majorana fermion as a robust defense against cyber attacks and a key component of the quantum computers it hopes will soon be used to analyze military data. The military is placing its bets on the Majorana particle to be the basis of a virtually unhackable quantum computer because it will be able to store data without succumbing to electromagnetic interference. Moreover, any intruder in a quantum system controlled by the Army would be unable to access the system’s data without corrupting it and alerting the Army to the intrusion