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Physicists Uncover Novel Phase of Matter (phys.org) 50

schwit1 writes: A team of physicists led by Caltech's David Hsieh has discovered an unusual form of matter — not a conventional metal, insulator, or magnet, for example, but something entirely different (abstract). This phase, characterized by an unusual ordering of electrons, offers possibilities for new electronic device functionalities and could hold the solution to a long-standing mystery in condensed matter physics having to do with high-temperature superconductivity — the ability for some materials to conduct electricity without resistance, even at "high" temperatures approaching -100 degrees Celsius. "The discovery of this phase was completely unexpected and not based on any prior theoretical prediction... The whole field of electronic materials is driven by the discovery of new phases, which provide the playgrounds in which to search for new macroscopic physical properties."
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Physicists Uncover Novel Phase of Matter

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  • by Tumbleweed ( 3706 ) on Tuesday October 27, 2015 @05:31PM (#50813231)

    Nothing new here - I've been reading novels for decades!

    • by Roblimo ( 357 )

      But this is about a specific type of novel: the one an IPO-enriched person often claims he' going to write but rarely does once he finds out that writing books is hard work.

    • by TimSSG ( 1068536 )

      Nothing new here - I've been reading novels for decades!

      Read the article; they mention lasers; but, sadly I did NOT see any mention of sharks.
      Tim S.

      • Nothing new here - I've been reading novels for decades!

        Read the article; they mention lasers; but, sadly I did NOT see any mention of sharks.

        Tim S.

        Sharks are often just metaphors. Though sometimes a shark is just a shark.

  • And Now for Something Completely Different is real
  • And creating new particles, phases of matter, wormholes, dimensions as we get closer to unraveling its secrets?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 27, 2015 @06:09PM (#50813455)

    I never learned the phases of matter are metal, insulator or magnet. This must be part of some new, fancy education system.

  • ...me to actually read this article to find any sort of description of what this phase is? No thanks! Fail.
    • Re: (Score:1, Insightful)

      by GrahamCox ( 741991 )
      Solid, Liquid, Gas and Plasma.

      WTF metal, insulator and 'magnet' have to do wth it is anyone's guess. Agree, fail.
      • Re: Do you expect... (Score:5, Informative)

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 27, 2015 @06:46PM (#50813703)

        You and the mods are several decades out of date. Phases of matter are no longer about one of the four classic categories you listed, but about thermodynamic transitions. Materials that transition from insulator to conductor in certain ways are undergoing a phase transition, as are changes in magnetic properties. This makes things like insulator and ferromagnetism a phase of matter in some cases, which undergoes a phase transition in response to temperature, magnetic field, or other external controls.

        For some reason, most education on thermal and statistical mechanics stops about the 1870s, and doesn't cover more interesting physics, like the statistical definition of temperature instead of the kinetix (they overlap, the former is a superset of the latter).

  • by morethanapapercert ( 749527 ) on Tuesday October 27, 2015 @06:47PM (#50813719)
    This is probably a Slashdot problems sort of thing. But for me, just the bare title of the actual paper being referred to is more informative and easier to comprehend than the journalist written popularization of it...

    Evidence of an odd-parity hidden order in a spin–orbit coupled correlated iridate

  • by U2xhc2hkb3QgU3Vja3M ( 4212163 ) on Tuesday October 27, 2015 @07:59PM (#50814133)
    Let me guess... what is something almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea?
  • This is just a (solid) insulator with some unusually ordered electrons.

    Oh, and a lot of marketing.

    • So , virtual matter, like a quantum dot is a virtual atom?
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