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  • Physicists measure a short-lived...
    on May 27, 2020 at 3:00 PM

    Researchers at MIT and elsewhere have combined the power of a super collider with techniques of laser spectroscopy to precisely measure a short-lived radioactive molecule, radium monofluoride, for the first time.

  • A new scheme for satellite-based...
    on May 27, 2020 at 1:30 PM

    Researchers at the University of Science and Technology of China have recently introduced a new satellite-based quantum-secure time transfer (QSTT) protocol that could enable more secure communications between different satellites or other technology in space. Their protocol, presented in a paper […]

  • A new scheme for satellite-based...
    on May 27, 2020 at 1:30 PM

    Researchers at the University of Science and Technology of China have recently introduced a new satellite-based quantum-secure time transfer (QSTT) protocol that could enable more secure communications between different satellites or other technology in space. Their protocol, presented in a paper […]

  • New type of coupled...
    on May 27, 2020 at 12:40 PM

    An international team of scientists uncovered exotic quantum properties hidden in magnetite, the oldest magnetic material known to mankind. The study reveals the existence of low-energy waves that indicate the important role of electronic interactions with the crystal lattice. This is another step […]

  • Quantum simulators for gauge theories
    on May 27, 2020 at 12:12 PM

    To simulate in a laboratory what happens in particle accelerators has been an ambitious goal in the study of the fundamental forces of nature pursued by high-energy physicists for many years. Now, thanks to research conducted by the groups of statistical physics of SISSA—Scuola Internazionale […]

  • Designing a flexible material to...
    on May 27, 2020 at 7:32 AM

    Stealth technology, the idea of reducing the ability of the enemy to detect an object, has driven advances in military research for decades. Today, aircraft, naval ships and submarines, missiles and satellites are often covered with radar-absorbent material, such as paint, to hide or cloak them […]

  • Novel insight reveals topological...
    on May 26, 2020 at 8:23 PM

    Just as a literature buff might explore a novel for recurring themes, physicists and mathematicians search for repeating structures present throughout nature.

  • A nice day for a quantum walk
    on May 26, 2020 at 4:52 PM

    Researchers at the Center for Quantum Information and Quantum Biology at Osaka University used trapped ions to demonstrate the spreading of vibrational quanta as part of a quantum random walk. This work relies on their exquisite control of individual ions using lasers, and can lead to new quantum […]

  • Critical transition theory shows...
    on May 26, 2020 at 3:00 PM

    Affecting up to 4% of patients older than 65 years, atrial fibrillation ranks among the most common heart conditions. Described by health professionals as an "irregularly irregular" heart rhythm, episodes of atrial fibrillation continue to prove difficult to predict.

  • Physicist creates fifth state of matter...
    on May 26, 2020 at 2:03 PM

    A physicist has created the fifth state of matter working from home using quantum technology.

  • Applying physics to understanding the...
    on May 25, 2020 at 1:20 PM

    An international study involving Monash physicists has cornered a new approach to measure consciousness, potentially changing our understanding complex neurological problems.

  • Energy-recovery linear accelerator...
    on May 25, 2020 at 12:39 PM

    As physicists developed plans for building an electron-ion collider (EIC)—a next-generation nuclear physics facility to be built at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory for nuclear physics research—they explored various options for accelerating the beams of […]

  • A stitch in time: How a quantum...
    on May 22, 2020 at 6:00 PM

    A scientist at the University of Sydney has achieved what one quantum industry insider has described as "something that many researchers thought was impossible".

  • Oriented hexagonal boron nitride foster...
    on May 22, 2020 at 4:11 PM

    Today's computers use the presence or absence of charge (0s and 1s) to encode information, where the physical motion of charges consume energy and cause heat. A novel alternative is to utilize the wave quantum number of electrons by which information encoding is possible without physically moving […]

  • Researchers demonstrate transport of...
    on May 22, 2020 at 2:13 PM

    Most technologies today rely on devices that transport energy in the form of light, radio, or mechanical waves. However, these wave-guiding channels are susceptible to disorder and damage, either in manufacturing or after they are deployed in harsh environments.

  • Researchers achieve broadest microcomb...
    on May 22, 2020 at 5:31 AM

    Xu Yi, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Virginia, collaborated with Yun-Feng Xiao's group from Peking University and researchers at Caltech to achieve the broadest recorded spectral span in a microcomb.

  • Capturing the coordinated dance between...
    on May 21, 2020 at 7:54 PM

    Using a high-speed "electron camera" at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, scientists have simultaneously captured the movements of electrons and nuclei in a molecule after it was excited with light. This marks the first time this has been done with ultrafast electron […]

  • Searching for scalar dark matter using...
    on May 21, 2020 at 1:59 PM

    Researchers at University of Delaware, University of Arizona and Haverford College have recently introduced the idea of searching for scalar dark matter using compact acoustic resonators. Their paper, published in Physical Review Letters, theoretically demonstrates the potential of mechanical […]

  • Searching for scalar dark matter using...
    on May 21, 2020 at 1:59 PM

    Researchers at University of Delaware, University of Arizona and Haverford College have recently introduced the idea of searching for scalar dark matter using compact acoustic resonators. Their paper, published in Physical Review Letters, theoretically demonstrates the potential of mechanical […]

  • Cosmic rays may have left indelible...
    on May 20, 2020 at 9:02 PM

    Before there were animals, bacteria or even DNA on Earth, self-replicating molecules were slowly evolving their way from simple matter to life beneath a constant shower of energetic particles from space.

  • Photon discovery is a major step toward...
    on May 20, 2020 at 3:16 PM

    A team of physicists at the University of Bristol has developed the first integrated photon source with the potential to deliver large-scale quantum photonics.

  • Intermolecular vibrational energy...
    on May 20, 2020 at 3:10 PM

    Strong coupling between cavity photon modes and donor/acceptor molecules can form polaritons (hybrid particles made of a photon strongly coupled to an electric dipole) to facilitate selective vibrational energy transfer between molecules in the liquid phase. The process is typically arduous and […]

  • Researchers build hybrid quantum system...
    on May 20, 2020 at 3:00 PM

    Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have boosted their control of the fundamental properties of molecules at the quantum level by linking or "entangling" an electrically charged atom and an electrically charged molecule, showcasing a way to build hybrid quantum […]

  • Elucidating the mechanism of a...
    on May 20, 2020 at 3:00 PM

    Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI have succeeded for the first time in recording a light-driven sodium pump from bacterial cells in action. The findings promise progress in the development of new methods in neurobiology. The researchers used the new X-ray free-electron laser SwissFEL […]

  • Counting kinks in a collapsing ring to...
    on May 20, 2020 at 2:28 PM

    A team of researchers from the University of Oxford, MIT and the University of Limerick has found that it is possible to predict the stability of a collapsing ring by counting its kinks. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the group describes experiments they conducted […]

  • Scientists use light to accelerate...
    on May 19, 2020 at 8:35 PM

    Scientists are using light waves to accelerate supercurrents and access the unique properties of the quantum world, including forbidden light emissions that one day could be applied to high-speed, quantum computers, communications and other technologies.

  • Detecting individual nuclear spins with...
    on May 19, 2020 at 4:40 PM

    Rare-earth minerals are a class of materials with similar properties that are currently used to build a variety of devices, including LEDs, rechargeable batteries, magnets, lasers, and much more. These materials' electron spins can be hosted in crystals, creating systems with unique characteristics […]

  • Detecting individual nuclear spins with...
    on May 19, 2020 at 4:40 PM

    Rare-earth minerals are a class of materials with similar properties that are currently used to build a variety of devices, including LEDs, rechargeable batteries, magnets, lasers, and much more. These materials' electron spins can be hosted in crystals, creating systems with unique characteristics […]

  • Image analysis technique provides...
    on May 19, 2020 at 3:00 PM

    Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and other industrialized nations, and many patients face limited treatment options. Fortunately, stem cell biology has enabled researchers to produce large numbers of cardiomyocytes, the cells that make up the heart or cardiac muscle […]

  • Team in Germany observes Pauli crystals...
    on May 19, 2020 at 2:47 PM

    A team of researchers at Heidelberg University has succeeded in building an apparatus that allowed them to observe Pauli crystals for the first time. They have written a paper describing their efforts and have uploaded it to the arXiv preprint server.

  • Team in Germany observes Pauli crystals...
    on May 19, 2020 at 2:47 PM

    A team of researchers at Heidelberg University has succeeded in building an apparatus that allowed them to observe Pauli crystals for the first time. They have written a paper describing their efforts and have uploaded it to the arXiv preprint server.

  • Longstanding mystery of matter and...
    on May 19, 2020 at 2:02 PM

    An element which could hold the key to the long-standing mystery around why there is much more matter than antimatter in our Universe has been discovered by a University of the West of Scotland (UWS)-led team of physicists.

  • Quantum hall effect 'reincarnated' in...
    on May 18, 2020 at 7:23 PM

    U.S. and German physicists have found surprising evidence that one of the most famous phenomena in modern physics—the quantum Hall effect—is "reincarnated" in topological superconductors that could be used to build fault-tolerant quantum computers.

  • Engineers develop first tunable,...
    on May 18, 2020 at 7:17 PM

    As computers get more powerful and connected, the amount of data that we send and receive is in a constant race with the technologies that we use to transmit it. Electrons are now proving insufficiently fast and are being replaced by photons as the demand for fiber optic internet cabling and data […]

  • Research takes electrons for a spin in...
    on May 18, 2020 at 5:01 PM

    Researchers at New York University and IBM Research have demonstrated a new mechanism involving electron motion in magnetic materials that points to new ways to potentially enhance data storage. The work, reported in the journal Physical Review Letters, unveils a process for setting the direction […]

  • No evidence of an influence of dark...
    on May 18, 2020 at 4:58 PM

    The universe mainly consists of a novel substance and an energy form that are not yet understood. This 'dark matter' and 'dark energy' are not directly visible to the naked eye or through telescopes. Astronomers can only provide proof of their existence indirectly, based on the shape of galaxies […]

  • Physicists develop world's best quantum...
    on May 18, 2020 at 4:15 PM

    A team of researchers at UCLA has set a new record for preparing and measuring the quantum bits, or qubits, inside of a quantum computer without error. The techniques they have developed make it easier to build quantum computers that outperform classical computers for important tasks, including the […]

  • Observing the path less traveled boosts...
    on May 18, 2020 at 2:20 PM

    When probing the subtle effects of quantum mechanics, all the parameters in the system and its measurements need to be finely tuned to observe the result you are hoping for. So what happens when you gear everything towards detecting what you least expect? Researchers at MIT and Purdue University in […]

  • Observing the path less traveled boosts...
    on May 18, 2020 at 2:20 PM

    When probing the subtle effects of quantum mechanics, all the parameters in the system and its measurements need to be finely tuned to observe the result you are hoping for. So what happens when you gear everything towards detecting what you least expect? Researchers at MIT and Purdue University in […]

  • 'Tantalizing' clues about why a...
    on May 18, 2020 at 1:43 PM

    Tantalum disulfide is a mysterious material. According to textbook theory, it should be a conducting metal, but in the real world, it acts like an insulator. Using a scanning tunneling microscope, researchers from the RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science have taken a high-resolution look at the […]

  • A system for robust and efficient...
    on May 18, 2020 at 1:30 PM

    Current methods for charging electronic devices via wireless technology only work if the overall system parameters are set up to match a specific transfer distance. As a result, these methods are limited to stationary power transfer applications, which means that a device that is receiving power […]

  • Scientists break the link between a...
    on May 15, 2020 at 6:40 PM

    In designing electronic devices, scientists look for ways to manipulate and control three basic properties of electrons: their charge; their spin states, which give rise to magnetism; and the shapes of the fuzzy clouds they form around the nuclei of atoms, which are known as orbitals.

  • 'Hot and messy' entanglement of 15...
    on May 15, 2020 at 1:37 PM

    Quantum entanglement is a process by which microscopic objects like electrons or atoms lose their individuality to become better coordinated with each other. Entanglement is at the heart of quantum technologies that promise large advances in computing, communications and sensing, for example, […]

  • Observation of intervalley transitions...
    on May 15, 2020 at 11:56 AM

    An international research team led by scientists at the University of California, Riverside, has observed light emission from a new type of transition between electronic valleys, known as intervalley transmissions.

  • Collision experiments for understanding...
    on May 14, 2020 at 1:32 PM

    Collision experiments provide the means for a detailed understanding of molecular interactions at the individual particle level. Theoretical and experimental physicists within the Institute for Molecules and Materials have published a paper in Science in which they fully characterize molecular […]

  • Atomically thin magnets for next...
    on May 13, 2020 at 7:43 PM

    As our smartphones, laptops, and computers get smaller and faster, so do the transistors inside them that control the flow of electricity and store information. But traditional transistors can only shrink so much. Now, researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology have developed a new atomically […]

  • Atomically thin magnets for next...
    on May 13, 2020 at 7:43 PM

    As our smartphones, laptops, and computers get smaller and faster, so do the transistors inside them that control the flow of electricity and store information. But traditional transistors can only shrink so much. Now, researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology have developed a new atomically […]

  • Scientists find another clue to explain...
    on May 13, 2020 at 2:38 PM

    Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory have successfully performed measurements of an iron-based superconductor in an important but difficult-to-reach regime where critical quantum fluctuations dominate the physics. Using a new sensing technique, they accurately mapped […]

  • Splitting quasiparticles with...
    on May 13, 2020 at 2:19 PM

    A new theoretical study at Monash University has improved our understanding of the interplay between quantum and thermal fluctuations (or excitations) in quantum matter.

  • A new technique for the radiative...
    on May 13, 2020 at 2:11 PM

    Researchers at CEA/CNRS/Université Paris Saclay, University College London and ETH Zurich have recently devised a new method to control the temperature of a spin ensemble by increasing electron spin polarization above its thermal equilibrium value. Their research, featured in Nature Physics, […]

  • A new technique for the radiative...
    on May 13, 2020 at 2:11 PM

    Researchers at CEA/CNRS/Université Paris Saclay, University College London and ETH Zurich have recently devised a new method to control the temperature of a spin ensemble by increasing electron spin polarization above its thermal equilibrium value. Their research, featured in Nature Physics, […]

  • Machine learning cracks quantum...
    on May 12, 2020 at 2:27 PM

    A new machine learning tool can calculate the energy required to make—or break—a molecule with higher accuracy than conventional methods. While the tool can currently only handle simple molecules, it paves the way for future insights in quantum chemistry.

  • Quantum brakes in molecules
    on May 12, 2020 at 2:08 PM

    Physicists have measured the flight times of electrons emitted from a specific atom in a molecule upon excitation with laser light. This has enabled them to measure the influence of the molecule itself on the kinetics of emission.

  • The observation of photon-assisted...
    on May 12, 2020 at 2:03 PM

    Researchers at the University of Copenhagen and Microsoft Quantum Lab Copenhagen have recently carried out a study investigating the potential of Majorana zero modes, zero-energy quasiparticle states that can be found in superconductive hybrid nanowires, as a means of protecting quantum data. Their […]

  • Measuring the charge radii of exotic...
    on May 11, 2020 at 5:20 PM

    Researchers at Instituut voor Kern- en Stralingsfysica in Belgium and The University of Manchester, in collaboration with other institutes worldwide, have recently carried out a study aimed at measuring the size of the nucleus (i.e., nuclear charge radius) in neutron-rich copper isotopes. Their […]

  • Future information technologies: 3-D...
    on May 11, 2020 at 4:55 PM

    Quantum spin liquids are candidates for potential use in future information technologies. So far, quantum spin liquids have usually only been found in one or two dimensional magnetic systems only. Now an international team led by HZB scientists has investigated crystals of PbCuTe2O6 with neutron […]

  • Using sludge worms as a model for...
    on May 11, 2020 at 1:52 PM

    A team of researchers at the University of Amsterdam has found that it is possible to use sludge worms as a model for filaments when conducting viscosity tests. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the group describes their experiments with sludge worms and a rheometer […]

  • Scientists create new recipe for...
    on May 11, 2020 at 9:00 AM

    Once unimaginable, transistors consisting only of several-atom clusters or even single atoms promise to become the building blocks of a new generation of computers with unparalleled memory and processing power. But to realize the full potential of these tiny transistors—miniature electrical […]

  • Scientists demonstrate quantum radar...
    on May 8, 2020 at 6:00 PM

    Physicists at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) have invented a new radar prototype that uses quantum entanglement as a method of object detection. This successful integration of quantum mechanics into devices could significantly impact the biomedical and security […]

  • Pulse-driven robot: Motion via solitary...
    on May 8, 2020 at 2:05 PM

    Scientists have recently explored the unique properties of nonlinear waves to facilitate a wide range of applications including impact mitigation, asymmetric transmission, switching and focusing. In a new study now published on Science Advances, Bolei Deng and a team of research scientists at […]