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MIT Physicists Detect Strange Hybrid Particle Held Together by Uniquely Intense "Glue"

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MIT physicists have spotted some dual activity in the particle world. These scientists have recently reported about a hybrid particle vibrating in an exclusive magnetic atmosphere. on January 10, 2022, Nuh Gedik, professor of physics at MIT, and his colleagues have published their research, in the journal Nature Communications.



The hybrid particle is found in a two-dimensional material that possesses dynamic magnetic properties. According to scientists, this magnetism could be utilized to improve the configurations of semiconductors. These highly magnetic semiconductors will then help in developing innovative yet energy-efficient electronic devices.




Generally, the binding of two electrons gives unique and frictionless conducting properties to a material. In fact, the paired electrons create a single hybrid particle with greater properties than the sum of its parts.

This time, MIT physicists have explored an uncommon hybrid unit in a two-dimensional magnetic material. It’s an exciting display of a mashup of an electron and a phonon. The force of attraction or the bond between these two particles was 10 times efficient than any other existing electron-phonon hybrid. Scientists even call the bond ‘a glue’ that has held both the particles strongly stuck together.



The hybrid particle that is recognized in nickel-phosphorus trisulfide (NiPS3), has a cyclic affinity between its phonon(a quasiparticle that is produced from a material’s vibrating atoms) and electron. It means that any alteration in electron would disturb the phonon. The excitation of any particle via voltage or light would stimulate the other. This dual excitement affects both the structure and properties of the material. Thus physicists are ready to play with this twin feature which could bring amazing changes in electronics and relevant technology.

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