Physicists have found quasiparticles that mimic hypothetical dark matter axions

Electrons within a material work together to imitate the proposed fundamental particle

wave

Scientists have spotted a solid matter analog to hypothetical subatomic particles called axions. Within a crystal, a wave of varying density of electromagnetic charge forms. When that wave slides back and forth, it is mathematically equivalent to an axion.

sesame/DigitalVision Vectors/Getty

This article is only available to Science News subscribers.

Subscribers, enter your e-mail address to access our archives.

Not a subscriber?

Science News is a nonprofit.

Support us by subscribing now.

More Stories from Science News on Physics

From the Nature Index

Paid Content