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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604December 17, 2008

A Microscale System to Study Frustration in Buckled Monolayers of Microspheres Is Demonstrated at Penn


PHILADELPHIA –- A team of University of Pennsylvania physicists has demonstrated a simple system based on micron-sized spheres in water to study and control geometric frustration. Their research, published today in the journal Nature, elucidates open questions about frustration and frustration relief and provides a new tool for scientists grappling with these issues in a variety of fields from magnetism to basic statistical mechanics.

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