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Scientist solves 100-year old problem that could change physics forever

The concept of a substance's melting point, a cornerstone in understanding its transition from solid to liquid, has long baffled researchers.

1 / 1(a) Experimental MLs of Ar, He, H2, and H2O. The ML for In is from an empirical EOS with experimental parameters. The ML for Fe is from Ref. [81] shown in the inset due to a different temperature range and up to 60 GPa where static experiments exist. (b) The same MLs are in the low-pressure and low-temperature range (circles). The lines show the fits to Eq. (19) as discussed in the text. Credit: Physical Review E (2024). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.109.034122

In a recent publication in the Physical Review E, Professor Kostya Trachenko, renowned physicist at Queen Mary University of London, has unveiled a groundbreaking solution to a century-old puzzle: accurately predicting the melting points of various substances.

This achievement, hailed as a game-changer in physics, offers a straightforward parabolic equation that promises to transform fields ranging from materials science to pharmaceuticals. Professor Trachenko's revelation, celebrated for its elegance and universality, marks a monumental leap forward in our understanding of fundamental processes across diverse materials.

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