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There’s Mounting Evidence for Anyons, a Third Kingdom of Particles

There’s Mounting Evidence for Anyons, a Third Kingdom of Particles

For a long, long time (but not in a galaxy far far away) physicists believed there were only two types of particles in the universe – fermions and bosons. Now, though, they’re finding the first examples of a theorized third particle kingdom – the anyon. Anyons don’t behave like fermions or bosons, but fall somewhere in between, and the recently published paper in Science explains the evidence they’ve uncovered. “We had bosons and fermions, and now we’ve got this third kingdom. Anyons exist in two dimensions, and are sort of everything that the other two families of particles are not.

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