Scientists have created, yet another state of matter called a supersolid! But what is it, and what does it do?
Work on Exotic Matter Wins Physics Nobel
“British scientists David Thouless, Duncan Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz won the Nobel Physics Prize on Tuesday for revealing the secrets of exotic matter, the Nobel jury said. ‘This year’s laureates opened the door on an unknown world where matter can assume strange states. They have used advanced mathematical methods to study unusual phases, or states, of matter, such as superconductors, superfluids or thin magnetic films. Thanks to their pioneering work, the hunt is now on for new and exotic phases of matter,’ it said.”
Scientists Discover a Strange New Phase of Matter Called ‘Time Crystals’
“New research has confirmed the existence of a bizarre phase of matter once thought to be impossible – a quantum alignment known as a “time crystal.” The discovery may one day have important implications for quantum computers, which are super-powerful machines that perform exponentially faster than conventional computers by exploiting the rules of quantum dynamics. At present, however, time crystals are more of a scientific oddity with no known real-world applications.”
MIT researchers create new form of matter
“By using lasers to manipulate a superfluid gas known as a Bose-Einstein condensate, the team was able to coax the condensate into a quantum phase of matter that has a rigid structure – like a solid – and can flow without viscosity – a key characteristic of a superfluid. Studies into this apparently contradictory phase of matter could yield deeper insights into superfluids and superconductors, which are important for improvements in technologies such as superconducting magnets and sensors, as well as efficient energy transport.”
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