It’s very rare when the scientists create an entirely new substance. However, Scientists from Harvard University managed to create an entirely new substance what could be a world-changing material with a bunch of various applications.
Scientists from Harvard University turned hydrogen in the form of metal. It’s called Atomic metallic hydrogen. It might sound mysterious, but it’s never existed on the planet before now.
So, how do Harvard Scientists turned Hydrogen in the form of metal? Well, the Scientists have squeezed hydrogen so intensely that it has turned into metal. Scientists from Harvard University had squeezed a small hydrogen sample at 495 gigapascals, or you can say more than 71.7 million pounds-per-square-inch, which is greater than the pressure at the center of the Earth.
Isaac Silvera, Harvard University’s Professor of Natural Sciences, said “This is the holy grail of high-pressure physics. It’s the first-ever sample of metallic hydrogen on Earth, so when you’re looking at it, you’re looking at something that’s never existed before.”
Scientists believe that metallic hydrogen could function as a superconductor- a material that is extremely efficient at conducting electricity. Superconductive materials already exist but often require specific temperature thresholds to achieve superconductivity.
According to BGR “If metallic hydrogen is different, it could be used in everything from high-speed, maglev trains to smartphones, and would almost certainly become a prized commodity. That is if further research and testing can reliably create it in quantities large enough to useful”. You can find out more about Metallic Hydrogen from here.
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