This Element’s Weird Behavior Could Lead to Faster Electronics

You’ve never seen bismuth like this before. Element 83 on the periodic table, bismuth is a hard, pinkish-white metal that can grow in stunning geometric crystals. Recently, researchers have been taking a closer look at bismuth, down to the atomic level. Shown here is a simulation of orbiting bismuth surface electrons in a very strong magnetic field. Note how the electrons are all gathered in clumps inside each potential orbit. Scientists refer to this as an energy valley. The…
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