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UB researchers identify a mixed-order phase transition

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UBICS researchers identify a mixed-order phase transition

An article by a team of the University of Barcelona, composed by Ricard Alert, researcher from the Institute of Complex Systems (UBICS); Jaume Casademunt, Professor and researcher from the Institute of Complex Systems (UBICS); and Pietro Tierno, researcher from the Institute of Complex Systems (UBICS)and member of the Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (IN2UB), published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), shows the theoretical prediction and experimental observation that a mixed-order transition in a magnetic colloidal crystal, that is, a solid formed by a suspension of magnetic microparticles.

Article reference:

R. Alert, P. Tierno, and J. Casademunt. Mixed-order phase transition in a colloidal crystal. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 114, 12906 (2017). Doi: 10.1073/pnas.1712584114