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    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2022

    splitting this off from su(2)-anyons: Copied much of the material over, but also added a few more sentences.

    For the moment this entry is a cautionary tale about confirmation bias more than an entry about physics.

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    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2022

    changed page name to singular

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    • CommentTimeNov 19th 2022
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    One more prominent retraction, now by Science [doi:10.1126/science.adf7575] (more commentary by Frolov here).

    This bubble has burst.

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    • CommentTimeDec 4th 2022

    added pointer to this recent preprint:

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    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2022

    added publication data for:

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    • CommentTimeAug 24th 2023
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    I just happen to see that, at long last, the latest claim by Microsoft Quantum has been published with Phys. Rev. B:

    Interestingly, the journal felt the need to accompany this by a caveat editorial:

    • Randall D. Kamien, Jessica Thomas, Stephen E. Nagler, Anthony M. Begley, and Sarma Kancharla, Editorial: Transparency in Physical Review Articles, Phys. Rev. B 107 210001 (2023) [doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.107.210001]


    In this issue of Physical Review B, Aghaee et al. [1] report on an advancement towards the goal of topological quantum computing. While Physical Review readers are well aware that the many minutiæ of procedures, computations, and synthesis may be omitted in any particular dispatch, in this publication the intellectual property of the authors’ employer has prevented the release of some parameters of the studied devices that may be needed in order to reproduce them. As a reflection of the traditional values of the scholarly community, this is not in accordance with the usual norms of the Physical Review journals.

    S. Frolov claims that the peer review process was “manipulated”.

    [NB: While Frolov’s feed where this claim is made may not necessarily instill faith in his balanced judgement generally, he has a remarkable track record of calling out false announcements of detection of those “Majorana modes” — as referenced in detail in the entry.]

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    added pointer to:

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