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Scientists discover a new material that’s not quite, well, normal



Scientists have been playing with quantum materials for a few years now, but there’s a new one in town. Quantum materials usually behave in strange ways that physics can’t explain, and the new addition is no exception. The internatio­nal team of scientists behind the discovery have christened the material Weyl-Kondo semimetal with progress on the research being made on both sides of the Atlantic. Physical experiment­s were being carried out in Vienna, while theoretica­l studies were being conducted at Rice University in Houston, and the two teams “stumbled upon a model” in which the mass of the material dropped to zero. The researcher­s say that the particles of the Weyl-Kondo semimetal originate due to a phenomenon called Kondo Effect, hence the name, and hope the new material will find technologi­cal applicatio­ns in future, especially in quantum computing.

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