A team of scientists recently created the world’s coolest nanochip. One that is pretty cold as it can run at a temperature very near absolute zero.
Absolute zero is a term representing 0 Kelvin. This is, theoretically, the lowest temperature that can possibly exist in our universe. To reach it, something would need to be disconnected from all other matter in the universe, feet generally accepted as impossible.
Because of this, it’s been impossible, so far, to observe the effects a temperature of 0 Kelvin would have on something outside of speculation.
World’s Coolest Nanochip Invented By Scientists
A team of physicists working at the University of Basel in Switzerland, however, are hoping to change that. Several departments in the university collaborated with researchers from Germany and Finland to create a particular nanoelectric chip.
One capable of producing a magnetic field that eliminates heat around and from the chip itself. In doing so, it cools the chip to a temperature of 2.8 milliKelvins. Effectively, this chip became the coldest thing on the planet (and potentially the universe) for the 7 hours during which the field was able to eliminate heat.
University physicist Professor, Dominik Zumbühl, led the study. He and his team created this coolest nanochip by using the magnetic field around the chip itself.
This was used to eliminate the heat emanating from it and the surroundings, lowering the temperature to 150 Kelvin. Then, a second field was activated.
This helped stop heat from a specialized thermometer from tampering with the results. After this, the team was able to reach their target near-zero temperature.
Though this initial test was primarily a proof of concept for the group, it has nonetheless opened the door for further testing in temperatures never thought possible before.
Being able to replicate these extreme conditions in a lab setting will allow scientists to conduct new experiments. Ones that will try to learn more about the way things interact near 0 Kelvin, potentially helping us better understand the way the universe works.
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