Got mass? Princeton scientists observe electrons become both heavy and speedy

Got mass? Princeton scientists observe electrons become both heavy and speedy – A Princeton University-led team of scientists has shown how electrons moving in certain solids can behave as though they are a thousand times more massive than free electrons, yet at the same time act as speedy superconductors. Reference: 'Visualizing heavy fermions emerging in a quantum critical Kondo lattice,' Nature 486, 201–206 (14 June 2012) doi:10.1038/nature11204

Got mass? Princeton scientists observe electrons become both heavy and speedy – A Princeton University-led team of scientists has shown how electrons moving in certain solids can behave as though they are a thousand times more massive than free electrons, yet at the same time act as speedy superconductors. Reference: 'Visualizing heavy fermions emerging in a quantum critical Kondo lattice,' Nature 486, 201–206 (14 June 2012) doi:10.1038/nature11204

Author: Robert Slinn

Robert Slinn is ChemSpy's guest columnist. You can read his chemical news updates under the banner "Slinn Pickings". Robert is a Chartered Chemist (CChem), Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC) and is a Visiting Researcher in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Liverpool. He has extensive experience in R&D: synthesis, analysis and analytical methods development; troubleshooting, consultancy, and teaching/training methods in industry and in academia. Robert is also 'Physical Methods' author for the Specialist Periodical Report series 'Organophosphorus Chemistry', published by Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, UK. Robert has worked alongside David on the Bedside Book of Chemistry and a major Thomson-Reuters report on the state of the pharmaceutical industry for the 2011 International Year of Chemistry