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Frustration produces a quantum playground

nanowerk_logoThe construction of model quantum systems or simulators that can reveal hidden insights into other, less accessible quantum states requires paying attention to interactions normally overlooked by most theories, finds a RIKEN-led study (“Microscopic Model Calculations for the Magnetization Process of Layered Triangular-Lattice Quantum Antiferromagnets”).

The research team has uncovered evidence of a weak force in a quantum simulator prototype that can answer questions about phase transitions involving Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle and supersolids — matter with both superfluid and crystalline order that behaves like a viscosity-free liquid.

Posted: Mar 27, 2015

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