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October 2016

Scientists Find Twisting 3-D Raceway for Electrons in Nanoscale Crystal Slices


Scientific Achievement

An international team of scientists working at the Molecular Foundry and ALS observed, for the first time, a quantum property known as “chirality” in cadmium arsenide.

Significance and Impact

The experiment provided a first step toward the goal of using chirality for transporting charge and energy through a material without loss, which offers a new approach to reducing waste energy in microchips.

Research Details


P. J. W. Moll, N. L. Nair, T. Helm, A. C. Potter, I. Kimchi, A. Vishwanath & J. G. Analytis. Nature. 2016 535, 266–270.