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No Coulomb Blockade of Majorana Fermions

you, dear reader, and all modern society will have to live without spectacular achievements in this research direction.

My research proposal described in this post has been rejected in the course of our national competition, FOM Projectruimte. In comparison with the last year competition I invested more time to the writting, have brought more original and more experimentally relevant ideas, have discussed proposal with many and incorporated their feedback.

The result of these actions was evident and imminent: the proposal has been rejected faster and with worse mark. A modern referee does not have time to read the proposal, and expects to see the things expected. Any unexpected creativity is punished immediately, at the level of instinct.

Yet the creativity was certainly present in the marks I get. The referees suppose to give three marks: “scientific quality”, “risky character”, “total assesment” that supposed to summarize the two. Only the third one counts, while the first two are given for fun. In that case, the fun was all mine: 3.0 “scientific quality”, 3.2 “risky character”, 3.5 “total assesment”. Surprised, I asked the FOM functioneers for a comment. Got nothing except “such things happen”. They happen indeed!

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I think the Majorana Fermions and their interactions are very important and nice problem.
When a proposal has been rejected what happen for problem?! One ignores that problem or continues the problem without grant?

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