New hybrid particles may lead to smaller magnetic semiconductors

Lately, we’ve seen a lot of innovation in the microtech space. Small PCs are all the rage, and advances in storage and more are bringing real potential to portable PC gaming. The new mobile chip is capable of ray tracing and variable rate shading. Serious electronics are getting very small. The refinement of tech products is sure to continue, but the discovery of hybrid particles by a team of MIT physicists may provide a healthy boost in the process.

One MIT Press Release Explains that this hybrid particle can be found in the two-dimensional material nickel phosphorus trisulfide (NiPS3), which is a bit like the nanomaterial graphene that often appears in modern technology. NiPS3 is a mixture of electrons and phonons. It’s the magnetic properties that make NiPS3 so interesting to researchers, because the bonds between electrons and phonons — which are quasiparticles or collective excitations formed by specific vibrations — are ten times stronger than expected.