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Newly discovered superconductivity in quasicrystals, a third class of solids

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Solids can be divided into three groups depending on their structure. Crystalline solids have atoms that have a periodic arrangement. Amorphous solids have atoms that are arranged with no definite form. And, lastly, quasicrystals, which differ from either of these two groups. Among these, we have only come to know about the existence of quasicrystals relatively recently, and their properties are still not well known. While researching a quasicrystal categorized as van der Waals layered quasicrystals, Yuki Tokumoto, Lecturer at the Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo, discovered that the quasicrystal have superconductivity. We spoke with Tokumoto about the meaning of this world's-first discovery and expectations for future development.

Newly discovered superconductivity in quasicrystals, a third class of solids-To identify the unknown properties hidden in solid-state materials

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