In a unique state of matter called a superfluid, tiny "tornadoes" form that may play an important role in nanotechnology, superconductivity, and other applications. Just as tornadoes are invisible air currents that become visible when they suck debris into their cores, the quantum vortices in superfluids attract atoms that make the vortices visible. Quantum vortices are so small they can only be imaged using very short-wavelength x-rays, however.
ricomayro2021-07-14T10:34:47-06:00Hunting Quantum Tornadoes with X-raysricomayro2021-07-14T10:34:47-06:00
Superfluid helium droplets