Materials Science

  • Princeton scientists discover chiral crystals exhibiting exotic quantum effects

    Wednesday, Mar 20, 2019
    by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

    Crystals possessing “handedness” exhibit unusual properties. New evidence suggests that they can host electrons moving like slowed down light and their collective behavior mimics magnetic monopoles.

    An international team of researchers has discovered that certain classes of crystals with an asymmetry like biological “handedness,” known as chiral crystals, may harbor electrons that behave in unexpected ways.

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