A rendering of a nanoparticle trapped in a laser and in thermal non-equilibrium (Image: Iñaki Gonzalez and Jan Gieseler)
A rendering looking head-on at a nanoparticle being evaluated for its response to thermal non-equilibrium (Image: Iñaki Gonzalez and Jan Gieseler)
It may be a little late for April Fool’s, but your skepticism is nonetheless warranted when reading that researchers have shown nanoparticles to disobey a fundamental law of physics which dictates the flow of entropy and heat in, it was believed, any situation. Specifically, researchers from three universities theoretically proposed then demonstrated that a nanoparticle in a state of thermal non-equilibrium does not always behave as larger particles might under the same conditions, with implications for various fields of research.
Other Images from this Gallery