News From the Field
Long Predicted Atomic Collapse State Observed in Graphene
March 7, 2013
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.Seventy years ago, theorists predicted that superlarge nuclei would exhibit a quantum-mechanical phenomenon known as "atomic collapse." Recently, materials scientists calculated that highly-charged impurities in graphene should exhibit a corresponding buildup of electrons partially localized in space and energy--a unique electronic resonance.Full Story
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