Harvard University scientists say they've pulled off something scientists have been trying for 80 years, but not everyone is buying it.
Physicists at Harvard claim they’ve just done something that everyone though was impossible: produce metallic hydrogen, the “holy grail of high-pressure physics.” But it’s such an astonishing discovery that many are doubting them.
Hydrogen, with just a single proton and electron, is the simplest atom in the universe, and scientists have been trying to find hydrogen’s metallic form for decades. But the intense pressures needed to create it frustrated them. Now, Harvard researchers say they’ve figured out a way to do it, although many are claiming they’re full of it.
Hydrogen typically exists as a gas,, but theoretically any gas can be turned into a liquid or even a solid if it can be cooled or pressurized enough. However, doing this to hydrogen has been practically impossible for scientists, which is what would make this such an incredible moment for science if true.
Scientists wrote in a recent paper that they doubted those Harvard physicistss had pulled it off, claiming that there have been many failed attempts in this area, according to Nature.
Harvard claims in a statement: “The material – atomic metallic hydrogen – was created by Thomas D. Cabot Professor of the Natural Sciences Isaac Silvera and post-doctoral fellow Ranga Dias. In addition to helping scientists answer fundamental questions about the nature of matter, the material is theorized to have a wide range of applications, including as a room-temperature superconductor. The creation of the rare material is described in a January 26 paper published in Science.”