A new property of a bizarre particle known as a composite fermion has been calculated by the physicist who first predicted its existence, Jainendra Jain, the Erwin W. Mueller Professor of Physics at Penn State, and his colleagues Vito W. Scarola, a graduate researcher at Penn State, and Kwon Park, a research assistant at Penn State. The research, to be published in the 24 August 2000 issue of the journal Nature, suggests that quantum superconductivity could result when composite fermions come together to form pairs in two-dimensional metals subjected to certain extreme conditions.
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