Scientists Disvover Bizarre Subatomic 'Quasiparticle' That Reproduces Like A Living Cell

Scientists Disvover Bizarre Subatomic 'Quasiparticle' That Reproduces Like A Living Cell

Skyrmion, an unfamiliar subatomic quasiparticle (a composite entity that behaves like a particle) capable of reproducing itself in an unusual way has been discovered by scientists.

Due to the fact that skyrmion acts like a subatomic particle in so many ways but yet doesn’t have a mass, it is considered a quasiparticle. Like a biological cell, skyrmions reproduce by binary fission; this was learned by a team from the U.S Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory in an experiment. This was published in a journal NANO Letters.

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The Ames Laboratory is a government-owned, contractor-operated national laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), operated by and located on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

Skyrmions are packets of energy and magnetic forces that arrange themselves into patterns similar to tightly arranged crystal atoms. According to speculations by physicists, manipulating them could be an advancement in data storage and transfer technology but more questions have been left unsolved.

According to Ames researcher Lin Zhou in a press release:

"In order to integrate skyrmions into future devices, science must have an accurate understanding of their formation mechanism."

At the nanoscale level, they split in two and reform which is an unexpected correspondent to particle physics and cellular biology making it more preferable.

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A skyrmion self-splitting (similar to cell reproduction), a kind of self-healing process that has never been described before.

In order to understand the physics that controls the growth or reproductive mechanism as observed by the scientists' combined micromagnetic simulation was combined with a string method to investigate the interaction force and transition pathways between various spin states.

In conclusion, this could be the beginning of an evolution in quantum physics and cellular biology.

Sources:

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