‘Spooky’ entanglement bonanza
Take quantum entanglement, the core of Mourigal’s research on the apparent spin liquid in the crystal:
If two particles, electrons, for example, become entangled, they can be physically separated by many miles, and still be intimately linked to one another. Actions applied to one particle then instantaneously effect the other.
The synthetic crystal he has examined, an ytterbium compound with the formula YbMgGaO4, is likely brimming with observable ‘spooky’ connections.
“You can create a very, very exotic state of matter based on the fact that all these particles are entangled with each other. There are no individual particles anymore, but one huge electron ensemble acting collectively.”