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It's a solid... it's a liquid... it's a dropleton

Published on Feb 27, 2014 2:49 AM
 

PARIS (AFP) - Scientists said Wednesday they had discovered a new type of microscopic particle cluster that is found in solid materials but strangely behaves like a liquid.

They called it the "dropleton".

The new entity, infinitely small and with a blink-and-you-miss-it lifespan, is a quasiparticle - a combination of other, fundamental particles with unusual properties that exist in solids.

"The dropleton is a new element - a stable building block to build more complicated many-particle constructions in solids," study co-author Mackillo Kira of the Philipps-University Marburg in Germany told AFP of the discovery.

 
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