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Electron Politics: Physicists Probe Organization at the Quantum Level
April 25, 2012
A study published this week in Nature by researchers at Rice University, two Max Planck Institutes in Dresden, Germany, and University of California, Los Angeles, finds that "quantum critical points" (QCP) in exotic electronic materials can act much like polarizing "hot button issues" in an election. On either side of the QCP, electrons fall into line and behave as traditionally expected.
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