Latest Supersolid Stories
The long-held, but unproven idea that helium-4 enters into an exotic phase of matter dubbed a "supersolid" when cooled to extremely low temperatures has been challenged in a new paper published recently in Science.
In a four-decade, Holy Grail-like quest to fully understand what it means to be in a "supersolid" state, physicists have found that supersolid isn't always super solid.
If physicists lived in Flatlandâ€”the fictional two-dimensional world invented by Edwin Abbott in his 1884 novelâ€”some of their quantum physics experiments would turn out differently (not just thinner) than those in our world.
Physicists at the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Maryland have proposed a recipe for turning ultracold â€œbosonâ€ atomsâ€”the ingredients of Bose-Einstein condensatesâ€”into a â€œsupersolid,â€ an exotic state of matter that behaves simultaneously as a solid and a friction-free superfluid.