New Form of Matter

Posted by Amaranth Rose on Feb 13, 2004 at 08:54

And baby makes six! Forms of matter that is. The recent production of Fermionic condensates has people who understand these things ecited.

"Now we have fermionic condensates--so new that most of their basic properties are unknown. Certainly they're cold. Jin created the substance by cooling a cloud of 500,000 potassium-40 atoms to less than a millionth of a degree above absolute zero. And they probably flow without viscosity. Beyond that...? Researchers are still learning."

""The strength of pairing in our fermionic condensate, adjusted for mass and density, would correspond to a room-temperature superconductor," notes Jin. "This makes me optimistic that the fundamental physics we learn through fermionic condensates will help others design more practical superconducting materials.""

new phase of matter called fermionic condensates

Okay, ao it's from Science"at"NASA. So it's quasigovermental. So it's from the dirty old "gummint". So bite me.

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