An international research team led by The University of Manchester has revealed a nanomaterial that mirrors the "magic angle" effect originally found in a complex man-made structure known as twisted bilayer graphene—a key area of study in physics in recent years.
The new research shows that the special topology of rhombohedral graphite effectively provides an inbuilt "twist" and therefore offers an alternative medium to study potentially game-changing effects like superconductivity. "It is an interesting alternative to highly popular studies of magic-angle graphene" said graphene pioneer Professor Sir Andre Geim, a co-author of the study.
The team, led by Artem Mishchenko, Professor of Condensed Matter Physics at The University of Manchester published its findings in the journal Nature on 12 August 2020.
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