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Scientists Capture First Direct Proof of Hofstadter Butterfly Effect


May 17, 2013

Jyoti Katoch and Masa Ishigami A team of researchers from several universities--including the University of Central Florida--has observed a rare quantum physics effect that produces a repeating butterfly-shaped energy spectrum in a magnetic field, confirming the longstanding prediction of the quantum fractal energy structure called Hofstadter's butterfly. This discovery by the team paves the way for engineering new types of extraordinary nanoscale materials that can be used to develop smaller, lighter and faster electronics. Full Story

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