A scientific study carried out in Princeton has brought about the discovery of unlikely properties in materials called frustrated magnets using the Hall Effect.

Hall Effect is the property of magnetic fields having influence over electric currents. When a current is exposed to a magnetic field, it tends to deflect to one side.

The study used this effect to identify whether frustrated magnets can influence such properties. Hall Effect has a few practical applications in real life situations. Automobile breaking sensors and sensors in pc printers are developed based on this phenomenon.

Science of frustrated magnets: experiment reveals clues to their discontent

Frustrated magnets on the other hand are said to lose their magnetic properties at low temperatures. Initially, scientists did not think that it would be possible for Hall Effect to occur in neutral particles. Some scientists did however believe that it would probably be possible for frustrated materials to maintain the Hall Effect even below extremely cold conditions of nearly absolute zero. The idea sparked a lot of interest in the science community. If the latter turned out to be true, it would probably lead to new possibilities through innovation.

The controversial discussion had to be settled once and for all in the old fashioned way. Scientific experimentation. The study was carried out by a group made up of students and Professors. The team was formed by Robert Cava, Russell Wellman, Max Hirschberger, Jason Krizan and Ong. Their study was focused on a group of magnets called pyrochlores.

The aim of the study was to discover the influence of the Hall Effect at different temperatures. The results of the pyrochlores experiment concluded that the spins seemed to point at random directions. According to Ong, there was no alignment due to geometric frustration.

The experiment failed to prove the influence on neutral particles. However, future studies and well-orchestrated experiments are expected to show positive results in the future.

Future research is also expected to reveal more about semiconductors in high temperatures as well as other practical applications.

7 Responses

  1. Tres Majestus

    Ah, journalistic out-sourcing at it’s finest. “Future studies …are expected to show positive results in the future.” Department of Redundancy Department, this is better than Ralphie. ‘A’ plus plus plus.

    • UncleJohn

      That’s standard science jargon and you’ll find it at the end of pretty much every published journal article. It’s the science equivalent of ‘stay tuned’ and for the same reasons.

      • KU37

        No, it’s not standard, and it’s not jargon. It’s a mistake. That’s why somebody corrected the article based on Tres Majestus’ comment.

    • Ron U

      I believe you mean the Department of Repetition Department. The Department of Redundancy Bureau is a separate entity, and a different body.

  2. Schrep

    “Breaking” sensors?? Did you mean braking? Written by a professional journalist who I assume had to take some kind of grammar classes. Well done.

    • KU37

      This is typical of the kind of subpar article you will find Google linking to from their main news page on weekends. As another commenter pointed out, it’s likely been outsourced. A prize is offered for the best “original” text based on some scientific finding, this is basically a plagiarism contest, where a thesaurus is applied automatically and/or manually to someone else’s text, in order to fool Google’s algorithms. Google features new “science” “news” about every two hours 24/7, but somehow Google is unable to afford humans 24/7 to filter out subpar gobbledegook. The site pays a pittance to the “author” and continues their SEO scam. Google, you can afford to fix it. So fix it.


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