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How cold can you go? Scientists use helium at approximately 4.2 Kelvin, equivalent to -268.95ºC, just 4˚C above absolute zero, to cool down certain materials. Photo: SBQMI/UBC.

Super cool physics at very cold temperatures

Get a glimpse of some of the ‘coolest’ labs at UBC where researchers are probing the mysterious properties of materials under ultra-cold conditions.

UBC Science
Feb 2 · 4 min read
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The liquid-like ripples of the electrons of a surface-state on silver. Electrons scatter off of defects like the CO molecules that make black divots in the image, revealing information about how they move in the sample and interact with each other. Photo: SBQMI/UBC.

When things get really cold

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Helium at low temperatures allow us to cool certain materials in order to sharpen our view of their electronic states. Photo: iStock.

Sharpening the picture

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Researchers at the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute. Photo: SBQMI/UBC.
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Dr. Sarah Burke. Photo: SBQMI/UBC.

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