June 22, 2022

Theoretical calculations predicted now-confirmed tetraneutron, an exotic state of matter

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June 22, 2022

by Iowa State University

James Vary has been waiting for nuclear physics experiments to confirm the reality of a "tetraneutron" that he and his colleagues theorized, predicted and first announced during a presentation in the summer of 2014, followed by a research paper in the fall of 2016.

"Whenever we present a theory, we always have to say we're waiting for experimental confirmation," said Vary, an Iowa State University professor of physics and astronomy.

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