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A giant proposal for a new type of molecule

Atoms linked across vast distances, can point in two directions at once

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2:35pm, June 4, 2010

Researchers have predicted the existence of a new kind of gargantuan molecule, large enough to dwarf a virus, that looks weird and acts even weirder. Such a molecule, described in a paper to appear in Physical Review Letters, would have the potential to be in two configurations simultaneously, a feat that might prove useful in storing and transmitting quantum information.

Atoms in an excited state can have an electron that roams very far from its nucleus. These giant atoms, called Rydberg atoms, can

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