Sep 7, 2023

Aristotle’s Icebreaker: How Quantum Systems Defy Freezing Logic

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Does hot water freeze faster than cold water? Aristotle may have been the first to tackle this question that later became known as the Mpemba effect.

This phenomenon originally referred to the non-monotonic initial temperature dependence of the freezing start time, but it has been observed in various systems — including colloids — and has also become known as a mysterious relaxation phenomenon that depends on initial conditions.

However, very few have previously investigated the effect in quantum systems.

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