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Submission + - Physicists Say Mass Can Be 'Created' By Graphene (technologyreview.com)

eldavojohn writes: Graphene has gotten a lot of press lately. The Nobel prize winning, fastest spinning, nanobubble enhanced silicon replacement is theorized to have a new, more outlandish property as reported by MIT's Tech Review Physics Blog. Governed by the massless Dirac equation of relativistic physics, graphene can create mass inside properly formed nanotubes. According to Abdulaziz Alhaidari's calculations, if one were to roll up graphene into nanotubes this could compactifiy dimensions (from the sheet having two down to the tube having one) and thus 'the massless equations that describe the behaviour of electrons and holes will change to include a term for mass. In effect, compactifying dimensions creates mass.' What once would require a massive high energy particle accelerator can now be tested with carbon, electricity and wires according to the recent paper.
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Physicists Say Mass Can Be 'Created' By Graphene

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