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Electrons Exhibit Liquid Crystal-like States
July 21, 2011
New research advances the idea that electrons in high temperature superconducting materials have quantum mechanical states resembling the arrangement of liquid crystals one might find in a computer screen or watch display. Electrons in these states organize themselves in a way that allows them to flow like a liquid but exhibit patterns of orientation reminiscent of the way atoms are arranged in a solid.
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