Hidden Quantum Phase in 2D Crystal

Mysterious Hidden Quantum Phase in a 2D Crystal Captured by Scientists for the First Time

This illustration represents the light-induced collapse of the nanoscale charge order in a 2D crystal of tantalum disulfide (star-shapes) and the generation of a hidden metastable metallic state (spheres). Credit: Frank Yi Gao Single-shot spectroscopy techniques provide scientists with a new understanding of a mysterious light-driven process. Harold “Doc” Edgerton, the late