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This figure illustrates part of the peculiar structure of the quantum knot.
This figure illustrates part of the peculiar structure of the quantum knot. There are actually an infinite number of rings, each linked with all of the others exactly once. Image credit: Allen Li '15

Physics Professor David Hall and Team First to Tie Knots in Quantum Matter

Physicists have long predicted the possibility of tying knots in quantum fields. But no one has been able to make or observe a three-dimensional quantum knot, until now.

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