Mystery of strange metals
Mystery of strange metals

Mystery of strange metals: physicists manage to get closer to truth

Mystery of strange metals

The physicists declared that they managed to get to unraveling the mystery of strange metals as close as possible. They have an amazing ability to bond with high-temperature conductors and black holes. Even by all the standards of quantum physics, strange metals are puzzling to the scientists. They have amazing connections. In these materials, electrons have the ability to dissipate energy very quickly, as the laws of quantum mechanics correspond to.

And the electrical resistivity of strange metals is proportional to temperature. To understand what exactly strange metals are, the scientists must solve one of the most significant problems in condensed matter physics.


A team of specialists from the Flatiron Institute in New York and Cornell University were able to create the first theoretical model of strange metals in the history of quantum physics. Thanks to this, they found out that strange metals are a special, previously unknown, state of matter. Olivier Parcolle, a senior fellow at the Center for Computational Quantum Physics at the Flatiron Institute, says the name speaks for itself. Strange metals open up new directions for the theory of physics.

Quantum mechanics perceives electrical resistance as a side effect of the collision of electrons with various objects. By penetrating through the metal, electrons separate other electrons from impurities in the metal. The longer the time between collisions, the lower the electrical resistance.

In cases where typical metals are involved, electrical resistance increases with the temperature. But in some cases, when a high-temperature conductor reaches high temperatures, where it loses its superconductivity, the equation in which the interaction occurs is simplified.


In strange metals, conductivity is related to the temperature and two constants: Planck's constant and Boltzmann's constant. Therefore, the scientists refer to strange metals as Planck metals. Their models have been around for a long time, but their exact solution was not considered as available. Quantum entanglements between electrons have made it difficult for physicists, and the sheer number of particles in strange metals is shocking during calculations.

The new solution method lies in computations with several atoms and a certain quantum algorithm. As a result, the created theoretical model shows the existence of strange metals as a new state of matter.