The theoretically predicted possibility of electron splitting led to a ten-year research program, the final of which was the division of an electron into two subparticles: a holon and a spinon. And it became possible not even at the CERN BAK, here the approach is completely different - low energies and very, very low temperatures.
But for me, as a television reporter, another problem arose: how can I make a report about the discovery of subatomic particles?
To do this, I took the graph, removed the incomprehensible axes from it, and highlighted the area in which the electron falls into two particles. I suppose these two lines can tell their own story, do you agree?
Here is the original picture:
Another question is how this discovery may affect our science. Some educated people may suggest that this may give a new impetus in the field of quantum computing. But what else?
Well, in general, for now I can say that we do not need to wait too long to find out. Now the interval between purely physical discovery and real use is sharply narrowing. For example, we can recall the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2007. The giant magnetoresistive effect sounds rather abstract, but it has allowed a sharp increase in the density of hard drives. It is also used in iPods (meaning a hard disk player), so you can call it the “Nobel Prize for the iPod.”
So if the people who discovered the electron would have to live 120 years to see the use of the discovery, then those scientists who discovered the spinon and the holon may well feel their use in life.
So wait and see.
Translation of an article on the BBC Splitting the electron