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Solid-state physics

Electrons do the split

Interacting electrons that are confined to move in a one-dimensional structure do not simply jam together like cars in rush hour. Inelastic X-ray scattering shows that the electrons act as if they split into separate fractional entities. See Letter p.82

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Figure 1: Electron fractionalization in a one-dimensional structure.


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