Nov 13, 2016

Cooling Electrons Close to Absolute Zero Gives Us New Perspective on Quantum Mechanics

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In Brief:

  • Cooling down electrons close to absolute zero has given us new perspective on how the world behaves at the smallest of scales.
  • This could be the gateway to gaining greater understanding and perhaps even mastery of superconductivity.

Scientists have discovered that electrons cooled close to absolute zero slow down so much that they can be studied individually – allowing us to see the world in a whole new level of detail.

At those temperatures, electric current stops flowing. Instead, electrons trickle through a conductor like grains of sand in an hourglass, finally revealing their quantum state and allowing us to study them one at a time.

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