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Scientists discover new quasicrystal formed by first-ever nuclear explosion at Trinity Site – ZME Science

The existence of these extremely rare crystals was thought to be impossible until a few decades ago.

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The red trinitite sample containing the newly discovered quasicrystal. Credit: Luca Bindi and Paul J. Steinhardt.
On July 16, 1945, the United States Army performed the very first atomic bomb detonation at Trinity Site, New Mexico. The traumatic event obliterated the 30-meter-high test tower, as well as all the miles of copper wires that were connected to measuring and recording instruments. Strikingly, this vaporized debris fused with sand to form a new glassy material known as trinitite, which…

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