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2Physics Quote:
"The exchange character of identical particles plays an important role in physics. For bosons, such an exchange leaves their quantum state the same, while a single exchange between two fermions gives a minus sign multiplying their wave function. A single exchange between two Abelian anyons gives rise to a phase factor that can be different than 1 or -1, that corresponds to bosons or fermions, respectively. More exotic exchanging character are possible, namely non-Abelian anyons. These particles have their quantum state change more dramatically, when an exchange between them takes place, to a possibly different state." -- Jin-Shi Xu, Kai Sun, Yong-Jian Han, Chuan-Feng Li, Jiannis K. Pachos, Guang-Can Guo
(Read Full Article: "Experimental Simulation of the Exchange of Majorana Zero Modes"

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Feynman on Commemorative Stamp

Richard P. Feynman, the late Nobel laureate and Caltech professor, is
widely regarded as one of the most influential physicists of the 20th
Century. Today United States Post Office has released a commemorative
stamp in honor of this great Physicist of 20th century.

Anyone interested in Modern Physics could never escape reading about
Feynman and his path-breaking works especially on Quantum
Electrodynamics and many other aspects of particle physics. The series
of lectures that he gave to Caltech undergraduates is celebrated as the
most comprehensive account of Modern Physics and if you have not yet
read his autobiography "Surely you are joking, Mr. Feynman" and a
sequel "What do you care what other people say", you must finish those
right now!

We cannot really describe Feynman, his work and his spectacular life in
two or three paragraphs of this posting. So, you may start with those books.Posted by Hello


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