Weird Quantum State of Matter Observed for the First Time

Scientists have observed an unusual quantum state of matter for the first time.

Physicist Andrea Bianchi has observed the “quantum spin liquid” state in a magnetic material created in his lab.

It’s not every day that someone discovered a new state of matter in quantum physics, the scientific field devoted to describing the behavior of atomic and subatomic particles in order to understand their properties.

Yet this is exactly what an international team of researchers has done. The team includes Andrea Bianchi, University of Montreal physics professor and researcher at the Regroupement québécois sur les matériaux de pointe, and his students Avner Fitterman and Jérémi Dudemaine.

In a recent article published in the scientific journal Physical Review X, the scientists document a…

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