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Did You Know? Department of Physics and Astronomy home to several scientists exploring Nobel Prize-related research

Earlier this week, three researchers from the University of Washington, Princeton University and Brown University were named 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics recipients, for revealing what the organization called “secrets of exotic matter.” The trio of scientists—- David Thouless, F. Duncan M. Haldane and J. Michael Kosterlitz—- have used mathematical methods to study unusual phases, or states, of matter, such as superconductors, superfluids or thin magnetic films. They were recognized for their contributions to topology, a branch of mathematics that describes properties that only change step-wise. The exotic materials the Nobel Laureates examined manifest novel quantum properties that may improve future electronics, superconductors and lead to quantum computers.