Chilling news

Even at conditions close to absolute zero atoms can interact and manage to form chemical bonds, according to work done by researchers at the Joint Quantum Institute at the University of Maryland. A team there has formulated a theory to describe the properties of so-called Efimov states, in which three-particle systems might be stable even though two-particle systems at these temperatures are not. The theory should allow scientists to predict the rates of chemical processes involving three atoms - or even more - using only information about the interacting forces involved.