Summary #1044

New type of electron behaviour discovered in crystalline materials

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  • New behaviour of electrons discovered, in which they stop bouncing around, and form a specific pattern.
  • It was discovered while experimenting with stacking few-atom-thick 2-D materials, and it happens in room temperature conditions, which was presumed impossible.
  • These materials are made of repeating patterns of atoms, forcing electrons to only move in two dimensions.
  • The behaviour results from a mix of physical and quantum mechanical factors, guiding electrons to form in specific places, in a repeatable pattern.
  • So far, scientists still don’t fully understand it, and will need to study it a lot more in order to potentially harness it to use in electronics.

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