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Electrons Exhibit Liquid Crystal-like States

July 21, 2011

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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. Full Story

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