Majorana Photons Identified

New class of photons: Illustration of a Majorana-radially polarized twisted photon. (Source: R. R. Alfano & Y. Budansky)

Robert R. Alfano and his research team at City College of New York are claiming a breakthrough with a new super class of photons dubbed Majorana photons. They could lead to enhanced infor­mation on quantum-level transition and imaging of the brain and its working. Alfano’s group based its research on the fact that photons, while possessing salient properties of polari­zation, wave­length, coherence and spatial modes, take on several forms. “Photons are amazing and are all not the same,” Alfano states.

Their focus “was to use a special super form of photons, which process the entanglement twists of both polarizations and the wavefront to probe and would propa­gate deeper in brain tissues, microtubules and neuron cells, giving more funda­mental info­rmation of the brain than the conven­tional photon forms.” These unique photons can travel with different wavefronts. They also have a vortex where the wavefront twists and polari­zation is non-homogenous in the wave beam diameter – a Cylindrical Vector Vortex Beams (CVVB).

Among these CVVB photons, the Alfano team identified classical entangled photon beams. These photons are mixed having both different types of circular polari­zation and + L and – L orbital angular momentum, locally. In addition, they are entangled with their own anti photon. Two stand out Radial and Azmuthal optical beams. Alfano named them Majorana Photons, after Ettore Majorana, an Italian theo­retical physicist and protégé of Enrico Fermi, who worked on neutrino masses.

“The super special photon will play an important role in under­standing the funda­mental and quantum processes in materials, deeper pene­tration and to advance applic­ations in photo detection sensing, information, communi­cation and future computers,” said Alfano, a prolific inventor whose research has led to advancements in ultrafast laser science and nonlinear optical imaging, since 1970. (Source: CUNY)

Reference: S. Mamani et al.: Majorana vortex photons a form of entangled photons propagation through brain tissue, J. Biophot., online 4 June 2019; DOI: 10.1002/jbio.201900036

Link: Institute for Ultrafast Spectroscopy and Lasers, Dept. of Physics, City College of the City University of New York, New York, USA

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