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Liquid beyond the van der Waals paradigm

Nature Physicsvolume 14pages211212 (2018) | Download Citation


An ultracold mixture of Bose gases is eight orders of magnitude more dilute than water. However, quantum fluctuations turn it into a self-bound liquid droplet.

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