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JILA physicists discover 'quantum droplet' in semiconductor
February 26, 2014
JILA physicists used an ultra-fast laser and help from German theorists to discover a new semiconductor quasiparticle--a handful of smaller particles that briefly condense into a liquid-like droplet. The discovery improves understanding of how electrons interact in various situations, including in optoelectronic devices.
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