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May 17, 2024

Electron correlation

Physicists discovered that isolating five ultrathin flakes of graphite, stacked in a specific order, allows the electrons moving around inside the material to talk with each other, a process known as electron correlation (pictured here). The resulting material can then be tuned to exhibit important properties, from superconductivity to magnetism.

[Research supported by U.S. National Science Foundation grants DMR 2225925, DMR 1231319 and DMR 2128556.]

Learn more in the MIT news story MIT physicists turn pencil lead into "gold." (Date of image: 2023; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: May 17, 2024)

Credit: Sampson Wilcox/Research Laboratory of Electronics

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