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A solid more fluid than a fluid

A supersolid is a paradoxical and elusive state of matter that has been sought for more than 60 years. Two experiments have now observed its characteristic signatures in ultracold quantum matter. See Letters p.87 & p.91

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Figure 1: Characteristics of a supersolid.

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Hazzard, K. A solid more fluid than a fluid. Nature 543, 47–48 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/543047a

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