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The Efimov Effect: Three’s Company, Two's a Crowd

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posted on May, 3 2007 @ 09:09 AM
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At the April APS meeting in Jacksonville, physicists discussed the recent observations of the Efimov effect, a purely quantum phenomenon whereby two particles such as neutral atoms which ordinarily do not interact strongly with one another join together with a third atom under the right conditions. The trio can then form an infinite number of configurations, or put another way, an infinite number of "bound states" that hold the atoms together.

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