Is It Solid? Or Is It Liquid? New Kind of Matter Is Both.

New simulations reveal a new state of matter that displays characteristics of both liquid and solid states.


A new kind of matter can be both solid and liquid at once.

In this chain-melted state, molten and solid layers intertwine at the atomic level. Recently, using computer simulations, researchers coaxed virtual potassium into a chain-melted state by exposing the metal to conditions of extreme temperature and pressure, the scientists reported in a new study.

What’s more, this dual state persisted even through dramatic changes in the experiments’ conditions within the simulation. This evidence also showed that the chain-melted state is a stable type of matter and not merely a transition between solid and liquid. [The 18 Biggest Unsolved Mysteries in Physics]

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