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Vortices weave a tangled web

Nature volume 430, pages 839840 (19 August 2004) | Download Citation

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In high-temperature superconductors, quantized vortex filaments can be twisted up into a DNA-like double helix. An experiment is proposed to test how easily these vortex lines cut through each other.

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  1. David R. Nelson is in the Department of Physics, and in the Division of Engineering and Applied Science, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, USA. nelson@cmt.harvard.edu

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