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Old 22-12-2017, 11:11 AM
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New quantum material discovered - "Weyl–Kondo semimetal"

In a 20 Dec 2017 article in the Independent, Science Editor Josh Gabbatiss
reports on the discovery of a new type of quantum material.

The researchers who made the discovery have called it "Weyl-Kondo semimetal”.

Originally Posted by Josh Gabbatiss, The Independent
As scientists don’t necessarily have the theories to predict the behaviour of quantum materials, often they create them experimentally first and measure them to observe their properties.

The new findings, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, emerged this way, with a team at the Vienna University of Technology carrying out experimental work to develop new materials, and a team at Rice University carrying out theoretical work.

“We had the material and the theory developing in parallel,” said Prof Silke Buehler-Paschen, who led the Vienna team.

Prof Buehler-Paschen and her team experimented with structures made from the metals cerium, bismuth and palladium in very specific combinations.

This work then fed into theoretical work being done by Dr Hsin-Hua Lai and his team at Rice University, who realised the potential to create an entirely new material.

"We really just stumbled upon a model in which, suddenly, we found that the mass had gone from like 1,000 times the mass of an electron to zero," said Dr Lai.

This is a characteristic of "Weyl fermions”, elusive particles first proposed over 80 years ago.

The scientists realised that these particles were originating due to a phenomenon known as the “Kondo effect”, leading them to name their new material Weyl-Kondo semimetal.

While this research is still of interest primarily to other quantum researchers, Prof Buehler-Paschen is clear about where it could ultimately lead.

“Currently we design these materials to find new effects,” she said. “We search for them because these effects could be very useful, with technological applications like quantum computing.”
Full story here :-

Paper entitled "Weyl–Kondo semimetal in heavy-fermion systems" by
Lai et. al. here :-
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Old 22-12-2017, 12:20 PM
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Could that possibly lead to superconductivity at room temperatures?
It seems new data storage technology can be developed based on those materials... quantum leap in storage capacity?
Maybe Moore's law can be "broken" (for a while)?
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