Beauty of science: Majorana stars

12-04-2013

Majorana stars representation of the ground state of spin systems (with S=40) of cubic and icosahedral anisotropies, respectively.

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The “stars” correspond to nodal points of the wavefunction and fully characterise the quantum state of the system. The quantum dynamic manifests as a “dance” of the “stars”. Images produced by Patrick Bruno, ESRF Theory Group (unpublished).

 

This article originally appeared in ESRFnews, March 2010. 

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