The enigma of supersolidity

  title={The enigma of supersolidity},
  author={S{\'e}bastien Balibar},
  • S. Balibar
  • Published 11 March 2010
  • Physics, Medicine
  • Nature
A 'supersolid' is a quantum solid in which a fraction of the mass is superfluid. As a remarkable consequence, it is rigid, but part of its mass is able to flow owing to quantum physical processes. This paradoxical state of matter was considered as a theoretical possibility as early as 1969, but its existence was discovered only in 2004, in 4He. Since then, intense experimental and theoretical efforts have been made to explain the origins of this exotic state of matter. It now seems that its… 
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