Atoms in ultra-cold condition can magically ‘pass through’ other particles

November 4, 2014 5:54 AM

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Lithium atoms chilled to near absolute zero temperatures can pass through each other, according to a Rice University team.

Scientists at Houston’s Rice University performed the experiment using Bose Einstein condensates (BECs), a state of matter forming near absolute zero temperatures. A “matter wave” of energy is created when atoms merge into this one quantum mechanical unit, as researchers found out when they subjecte...

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