Spotting the spin of the Majorana fermion under the microscope

By Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research Researchers at Princeton University have detected a unique quantum property of an elusive particle notable for behaving simultaneously like matter and antimatter. The particle, known as the Majorana fermion, is prized by researchers for its potential to open the doors to new quantum computing possibilities. In … Continue reading Spotting the spin of the Majorana fermion under the microscope

Theorists propose new class of topological metals with exotic electronic properties (Physics Review X)

By Tien Nguyen, Department of Chemistry Researchers at Princeton, Yale, and the University of Zurich have proposed a theory-based approach to characterize a class of metals that possess exotic electronic properties that could help scientists find other, similarly-endowed materials. Published in the journal Physical Review X, the study described a new class of metals based … Continue reading Theorists propose new class of topological metals with exotic electronic properties (Physics Review X)

Down the rabbit hole: how electrons travel through exotic new material (Science)

By Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research Researchers at Princeton University have observed a bizarre behavior in a strange new crystal that could hold the key for future electronic technologies. Unlike most materials in which electrons travel on the surface, in these new materials the electrons sink into the depths of the crystal … Continue reading Down the rabbit hole: how electrons travel through exotic new material (Science)

‘Material universe’ yields surprising new particle (Nature)

By Staff An international team of researchers has predicted the existence of a new type of particle called the type-II Weyl fermion in metallic materials. When subjected to a magnetic field, the materials containing the particle act as insulators for current applied in some directions and as conductors for current applied in other directions. This … Continue reading ‘Material universe’ yields surprising new particle (Nature)