May 30, 2024

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Two lattices stack to form a moiré, the foundational pattern of a newly discovered type of matter.

A strange new state of matter has been discovered by crushing subatomic particles into an ultra-dense crystal

Physicists have discovered a strange new state of matter in the form of a highly ordered crystal of subatomic particles. The new state of matter, called a “bonded boson insulator,” could lead to the discovery of many new types of exotic materials made of condensed matter, according to the researchers, who explain their findings in a study published May 11 in the journal Nature. Sciences.

Subatomic particles can be separated into two classes: fermions and bosons. The primary differences between the two are how they rotate and how they interact with each other.