Thursday, September 2, 2010

Delving into the world of the ultra-cold

Delving into the world of the ultra-cold: "“When you cool a gas down to the extreme temperatures found in Swinburne’s lab, the laws of quantum mechanics take over and atoms in the gas start behaving in strange ways - acting more like waves than particles,” he said.
“Quantum behaviours in large systems lead to a range of phenomena such as magnetism, superfluidity and superconductivity. But we still lack a complete theoretical understanding of how some materials, like high temperature superconductors, really work.”
“In our latest study we looked specifically at how strongly interacting fermions can pair up in ultra-cold environments, which is an essential precursor to forming a superfluid.”"

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