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Melted spin ice

Spin ices have magnetic moments arranged on a lattice with many possible ground-state configurations. Quantum effects can ‘melt’ the spin ice into a liquid that fails to form static order even at absolute zero despite strong interactions.

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Fig. 1: Spins in an antiferromagnet and the spin ice Pr2Zr2O7.

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Zapf, V.S., Lee, M. & Rosa, P.F.S. Melted spin ice. Nat. Phys. 19, 17–18 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41567-022-01814-6

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