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New type of chemical bond may form in extreme magnetic fields of stars

from Ars Technica

Bonds between atoms are electrical in character: Atoms share electrons or mutually ionize, creating an attractive force binding them together. However, researchers are suggesting that it may be possible to generate magnetic bonds, resulting in stable molecules of different types than exist on Earth. While these molecules can't be produced with our strongest laboratory magnets, they could form in the extreme magnetic fields near white dwarfs and neutron stars, and their unique spectral signatures may make them visible through observations. more


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