Research on hyperuniformity started as a quest of curiosity. Now the U.S. Army is funding work on its surprising uses

Sept. 27, 2022

Chemist Salvatore Torquato was on a mission of curiosity 20 years ago when he and his colleague Frank Stillinger set out to better understand long-range patterns in the arrangements of atoms in certain liquids and solids. In 2003, they were delighted to discover something quite surprising: some “disordered” materials, in which atoms are randomly arranged, display an unexpected type of order over long distances.