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Physicists Use Light Flashes to Discover, Control New Quantum States of Matter

Jigang Wang can break his research goals into just a few words: “To discover and control quantum states of matter.”

But, it takes paragraphs, analogies, illustrations, internet searches and a willingness to decipher talk about “non-equilibrium quantum phase discovery via non-thermal ultrafast quench near quantum critical points” to get a handle on those eight words.

Even though it’s a head-scratcher, Wang’s work could be a big deal to all of us.

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