Splitting of an Electron into the Spinon and Orbiton

  • While using X-rays from the Swiss Light Source (SLS) fired at Sr2CuO3, physicists at the Paul Scherrer Institute observed an electron splitting into two new particles, the spinon and the orbiton.


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    Results may help to understand high-temperature superconductivity

    Observation of the electron splitting apart may also have important implications for another current research field – that of high-temperature superconductivity. Due to the similarities in the behaviour of electrons in Sr2CuO3 and in copper-based superconductors, understanding the way electrons decay into other types of particles in these systems might offer new pathways towards improving our theoretical understanding of high-temperature superconductivity.

  • It seems there is an error in the artiicle - in the sentence " ...orbitals of higher energy, corresponding to motion of the electron around the nucleus with higher velocity..." In principle, an electron reaching orbital of higher energy gets lower kinetic energy.