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New Particle Explains Odd Behavior in Cuprate Superconductors


July 17, 2007

U. of Illinois scientists
New fundamental particles aren't found only at Fermilab and at other particle accelerators. They also can be found hiding in plain pieces of ceramic, scientists at the University of Illinois report. The newly formulated particle is a boson, and has a charge of 2e, but does not consist of two electrons, the scientists say. The particle arises from the strong, repulsive interactions between electrons, and provides another piece of the high-temperature superconductivity puzzle.
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