The study will lead to exciting results in the future and will have implications for various technologies. This will open a new avenue of research for understanding the handling properties of electrons
Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati have identified a fancy and unusual phenomenon about the properties or electrical conductivity of electrons in solid matter.
Such a resurgence of the conductive character of the wire (or restoring the flow of electrons even in the presence of a steep barricade) has never been known before in the scientific literature.
The research paper was co-authored by Professor Sourav Basu, Department of Physics, IIT Guwahati, Tapan Mishra, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, IIT Guwahati, and Shilpi Roy, PhD Scholar, Department of Physics, IIT Guwahati.
The discovery was published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Physical Review Letters, one of the leading journals in physics published by the American Physical Society.
Basically, the electron is the most important element of the atom, and the atom is the building block of matter, as we have learned in school science textbooks. The electric current flowing in a conductor is due to the motion of electrons. If such motion obstructs their path, for example, a copper wire is cut in two and then reattached with a piece of plastic insulation, the flow of electrons will be stopped forever.
Previously, it was considered that the current would no longer pass through the wire. The reason is that the electrons see the plastic as a barricade which prevents them from propagating further.
The practical application of these results is not immediately available but will lead to exciting results in the future.