Researchers from the University of North Carolina have created a substance that is one of the forms of carbon and is brighter than even diamond in its brightness. The name of the material is Q-carbon.
In order to give it the necessary structure, scientists had to heat the carbon with a laser pulse of 200 nanoseconds, or 200 billionths of a second, to a temperature of 3700 ° C, which roughly corresponds to the conditions under which natural diamonds were formed about a billion years ago.
After warming up, the scientists subjected the carbon to a sharp cooling, from which its atoms were "rearranged" into a special crystalline structure. As a result, a new substance with unique properties appeared, which may have never existed before on Earth.
Despite its "diamond" origin, Q-carbon is absolutely not suitable for the role of "wearable" jewelry. Scientists have yet to study its properties. Perhaps the material will find application in medicine.