|Photo by Olivia Bauso on Unsplash|
|Hester with one of the instruments used in the experiment, a triple-axis spectrometer. Photo courtesy of Gavin Hester.|
These results raise fundamental questions about the nature of interactions in the system, what new phases related to BEC are possible, and more generally how quantum materials based on ytterbium behave at low temperatures. The questions and surprises are a large part of what makes this discovery a playground, providing a new context in which researchers can explore cause-and-effect, test physical limits, and try new things.
“The highest form of research is essentially play.” – N. V. Scarfe, written in the 1962 article “Play is Education” published in Childhood Education
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