Recent news related to physics have managed to attract a lot of attention due to discovery fo some weird phenomenon like negative mass, earth like planets and whatnot. And now, Caltech physicists have claimed that they have discovered the first 3D quantum liquid crystal.
If you are familiar with liquid crystal’s characteristics, then you might already know that the molecules of liquid crystals contain features which are common to both solid and liquid matter. However, the electrons of the 3D quantum liquid crystals exhibit different magnetic properties depending on the direction they flow along a given axis which means that electrifying these materials would basically turn them into magnets or change their already existing magnetism.
The research team behind the discovery expects that the 3D quantum crystals would take computer chips at a new level by opening up possibility of quantum computing. As mentioned earlier, electrifying the materials would change these materials’ magnetic strength which means t they can be used to calculate and decrypt codes at a higher speed.
In a recent interview for Caltech press release, Caltech assistant professor of physics David Hsieh, principal investigator on the new study, said, “In the same way that 2D quantum liquid crystals have been proposed to be a precursor to high-temperature superconductors, 3D quantum liquid crystals could be the precursors to the topological superconductors we’ve been looking for.”
Postdoctoral scholar John Harter, the lead author of the new study published in Science added,
“Rather than rely on serendipity to find topological superconductors, we may now have a route to rationally creating them using 3D quantum liquid crystals. That is next on our agenda.”
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