Tornado-like vortexes can be produced in bizarre fluids which are controlled by quantum mechanics, completely unlike normal liquids.

There massed ranks of quantum twisters even  line up in rows on a semiconductor chip. By controlling where electrons move and how they interact with light the team created a marriage of electrons and photons that form a new quantum particle called a ‘polariton’.

The results come from a collaboration between the experimental team in the NanoPhotonics Centre at Cambridge, led by Professor Jeremy Baumberg, and the theoretical quantum fluids group of Natalia Berloff.

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