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A cloak of liquidity

Droplets of a liquid alloy on a silicon surface can rearrange the surface atoms so that they mimic the short-range ordering of atoms in the alloy. Remarkably, this effect inhibits freezing of the droplets.

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Figure 1: Natural supercooling.

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Greer, A. A cloak of liquidity. Nature 464, 1137–1138 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1038/4641137a

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