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Hofstadter butterfly

Graphene could have important implications in the electronics industry.

A discovery made in 1976 remained for forty years on paper but today it took shape thanks to graphene and the results of studies of two different groups: the first from the University of Manchester and the second from the Department of Physics at the City College of New York.


Combining graphene with white graphene sheets (boron nitride) and applying a magnetic field scientists noticed a change in the electronic properties of the new material. The observed phenomenon, known as Hofstadter Butterfly theorized in 1976 by ​​the American physicist Douglas Hofstadter, underlines the exceptional conductive capacity of graphene and opens the door to its new technological applications especially in the electronics industry.


Article source: The University of Manchester

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