The Quantum Pontiff

links for 2009-02-16

  • In a Rapid Communication appearing in Physical Review B, Vasile Garlea and collaborators at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA, the Hahn-Meitner Institut in Germany, and the Commissariat à l’Énergie Atomique in Grenoble, France, report an unusual magnetic-field-induced spin ordering in a geometrically frustrated quasi-one-dimensional compound, Sul-Cu2Cl4

Comments

  1. #1 David
    February 16, 2009

    You just posted that because:

    … an unusual magnetic-field-induced spin ordering in a geometrically frustrated quasi-one-dimensional compound …

    made you laugh.

  2. #2 Jonathan Vos Post
    February 17, 2009

    The naked people of genre 1 are up against the far wall. The naked people of genre 2 start at the near wall, at t=0. At t=1, the naked people of genre 2 advance half the way towards the naked people of genre 1 (who are up against the far wall). At t=1+(1/2), the naked people of genre 2 advance half the remaining way towards the naked people of genre 1. At t=1+(1/2)+(1/4), the naked people of genre 2 advance half the remaining way towards the naked people of genre 1. At t=1+(1/2)+(1/4)+(1/8), the naked people of genre 2 advance half the remaining way towards the naked people of genre 1…

    Zeno gives up and sits down, saying “the naked people of genre 2 will never reach the naked people of genre 1, it’s impossible.”

    The Mathematicians sit down and begin arguing about the continuum hypothesis.

    The Experimental Physicists keep going, and soon “are close enough for all practical purposes.”

    The Condensed Matter Physicists suffer because they are geometrically frustrated.

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