Ovservation of Hofstadter Butterfly a Breakthrough for Physicists

May 16, 2013 1:35 AM

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A predicted, but never-before-seen energy pattern has been observed by an international team of researchers, who confirmed the 40-year-old prediction that a butterfly-shaped energy spectrum exists in the quantum realm.

"The observation of the 'Hofstadter butterfly' marks a real landmark in condensed matter physics and high magnetic field research," said Greg Boebinger, director of the MagLab. "It opens a new experimental direction in materials research."

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