Vladan Vuletić

Jan. 04, 2013

Negative Temperatures That Are Hotter Than the Sun

Scientists have cooled potassium gas to one billionth of a degree below absolute zero. But in the quantum world, that's actually 'hotter' than the Sun. How is that possible?

cold, absolute zero, temperature, physics, statistics, particles, quantum, kelvin

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