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Physicists Take Photonic Topological Insulators to the Next Level

December 21, 2012

physics graphic Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have designed a simulation that for the first time, emulates key properties of electronic topological insulators. Topological insulators, a state of matter that was only discovered in the past decade, may enable dramatic advances in quantum computing and spintronics. Full Story

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