Odd Topological Materials Are Popping Up Everywhere

Odd Topological Materials Are Popping Up Everywhere
Roni Rekomaa/Lehtikuva via AP

The mathematics hidden in materials keeps getting more exotic. Topological states of matter — which derive exotic properties from their electrons' ‘knotty' quantum states — have shot from rare curiosity to one of the hottest fields in physics. Now, theorists are finding that topology is ubiquitous — and recognizing it as one of the most significant ways in which solid matter can behave.

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