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American Physical Society: Physics

  • newViewpoint: Microbial Expansion Shaped by Fluid Flows

    Viewpoint: Microbial Expansion Shaped by Fluid Flows

    Author(s): Eva Kanso and Alecia N. SepterFluid flows induced by nutrient gradients in the vicinity of microbial colonies help direct the expansion of those microbes into new territory.[Physics 12, 71] Published Mon Jun 24, 2019
    - 14 hours ago, 24 Jun 19, 6:00am -
  • Focus: How to Guide Each Ion in a Beam

    Focus: How to Guide Each Ion in a Beam

    Author(s): Peter WeissA new ion beam system provides individualized control over every ion’s trajectory as it moves toward a target.[Physics 12, 70] Published Fri Jun 21, 2019
    - 4 days ago, 21 Jun 19, 6:00am -
  • Synopsis: Counting Phonons One by One

    Synopsis: Counting Phonons One by One

    A device enables the detection of single quanta of sound, a step towards using them in quantum technologies.[Physics] Published Thu Jun 20, 2019
    - 5 days ago, 20 Jun 19, 6:00am -
  • Viewpoint: Polarons Get the Full Treatment

    Viewpoint: Polarons Get the Full Treatment

    Author(s): Chris G. Van de WalleA new way to model polarons combines the intuition of modeling with the realism of simulations, allowing these quasiparticles to be studied in a broader range of materials.[Physics 12, 68] Published Wed Jun 19, 2019
    - 6 days ago, 19 Jun 19, 6:00am -
  • Feature: Arts & Culture: Science in Comic Books

    Feature: Arts & Culture: Science in Comic Books

    A recent conference in France brought together artists and researchers to discuss ways to draw science—in particular in comic strips.[Physics 12, 69] Published Tue Jun 18, 2019
    - 7 days ago, 18 Jun 19, 6:00am -
  • Synopsis: Nonlinear Forces Explain Elastomer Ridges

    Synopsis: Nonlinear Forces Explain Elastomer Ridges

    A new theory that incorporates nonlinear properties of rubber-like materials correctly describes the shape of the ridge that forms when the material is strongly deformed by an object.[Physics] Published Tue Jun 18, 2019
    - 7 days ago, 18 Jun 19, 6:00am -
  • Viewpoint: The “Sound” of Weyl Fermions

    Viewpoint: The “Sound” of Weyl Fermions

    Author(s): Binghai YanA prediction of a new heat-transport mechanism—called chiral zero sound—may explain recent observations of a “giant” thermal conductivity in Weyl semimetals.[Physics 12, 67] Published Mon Jun 17, 2019
    - 8 days ago, 17 Jun 19, 6:00am -
  • Focus: X-Ray Movie Reveals Origin of Metal Splashing

    Focus: X-Ray Movie Reveals Origin of Metal Splashing

    Author(s): Michael SchirberX-ray imaging of a manufacturing technique has captured the formation of molten metal projectiles that produce imperfections.[Physics 12, 66] Published Fri Jun 14, 2019
    - 11 days ago, 14 Jun 19, 6:00am -
  • Synopsis: Mirror, Mirror—Which Coating is the Quietest of Them All

    Synopsis: Mirror, Mirror—Which Coating is the Quietest of Them All

    Gravitational-wave detectors may benefit from an alternative coating material that is less noisy at low temperatures than currently used materials.[Physics] Published Thu Jun 13, 2019
    - 12 days ago, 13 Jun 19, 6:00am -
  • Synopsis: Optical Vortices Can Probe Magnetism

    Synopsis: Optical Vortices Can Probe Magnetism

    A light “corkscrew” is sensitive to the local magnetic field direction, so it can be used to probe magnetism in a material.[Physics] Published Wed Jun 12, 2019
    - 13 days ago, 12 Jun 19, 6:00am -

Nature: Physics

  • Interlayer fractional quantum Hall effect in a coupled graphene double layer

    Interlayer fractional quantum Hall effect in a coupled graphene double layer

    Nature Physics, Published online: 24 June 2019; doi:10.1038/s41567-019-0546-0Transport data reveal interlayer composite fermion fractional quantum Hall states in double-layer graphene. The authors also show that these can pair up to form an interlaye…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Jun 19, 8:00pm -
  • Experimental few-copy multipartite entanglement detection

    Experimental few-copy multipartite entanglement detection

    Nature Physics, Published online: 24 June 2019; doi:10.1038/s41567-019-0550-4A general scheme for a resource-efficient probabilistic detection of multipartite entanglement is demonstrated on six-partite cluster states.
    - 1 day ago, 23 Jun 19, 8:00pm -
  • Pairing states of composite fermions in double-layer graphene

    Pairing states of composite fermions in double-layer graphene

    Nature Physics, Published online: 24 June 2019; doi:10.1038/s41567-019-0547-zIt is shown that composite fermions in the fractional quantum Hall regime form paired states in double-layer graphene. Pairing between layers gives a phase similar to an exc…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Jun 19, 8:00pm -
  • Topological transition in stratified fluids

    Topological transition in stratified fluids

    Nature Physics, Published online: 24 June 2019; doi:10.1038/s41567-019-0561-1A prediction of the existence of trapped acoustic-gravity waves in stratified fluids provides a platform for probing topological phenomena in the lab—with possible implica…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Jun 19, 8:00pm -
  • Restricted Boltzmann machines in quantum physics

    Restricted Boltzmann machines in quantum physics

    Nature Physics, Published online: 24 June 2019; doi:10.1038/s41567-019-0545-1A type of stochastic neural network called a restricted Boltzmann machine has been widely used in artificial intelligence applications for decades. They are now finding new…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Jun 19, 8:00pm -
  • Berry’s lesson for Lamb

    Berry’s lesson for Lamb

    Nature Physics, Published online: 24 June 2019; doi:10.1038/s41567-019-0575-8A demonstration that Michael Berry’s legacy can inform our understanding of Lamb waves in stratified fluids serves as a reminder of the reach of topological thinking — a…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Jun 19, 8:00pm -
  • Superconductivity in an insulator

    Superconductivity in an insulator

    Nature Physics, Published online: 24 June 2019; doi:10.1038/s41567-019-0580-yThe superconductor–insulator phase transition is a quantum phenomenon that reveals a competition between the superconducting phase order and charge localization. Now, micr…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Jun 19, 8:00pm -
  • Quantum electrodynamics of a superconductor–insulator phase transition

    Quantum electrodynamics of a superconductor–insulator phase transition

    Nature Physics, Published online: 24 June 2019; doi:10.1038/s41567-019-0553-1A Josephson junction array is used to show the phase mode associated with superconductivity surviving deep in the insulating regime at high frequency. This generates a devic…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Jun 19, 8:00pm -

Phys.org: Physics News

  • newResearchers explain visible light from 2-D lead halide perovskites

    Researchers explain visible light from 2-D lead halide perovskites

    Researchers drew attention three years ago when they reported that a two-dimensional perovskite—a material with a specific crystal structure—composed of cesium, lead and bromine emitted a strong green light. Crystals that produce light on the gre…
    - 4 hours ago, 24 Jun 19, 4:22pm -
  • newNew theory for trapping light particles aims to advance development of quantum computers

    New theory for trapping light particles aims to advance development of quantum computers

    Quantum computers, which use light particles (photons) instead of electrons to transmit and process data, hold the promise of a new era of research in which the time needed to realize lifesaving drugs and new technologies will be significantly shorte…
    - 4 hours ago, 24 Jun 19, 4:19pm -
  • newCalibration method improves scientific research performed with smartphone cameras

    Calibration method improves scientific research performed with smartphone cameras

    Although smartphones and other consumer cameras are increasingly used for scientific applications, it's difficult to compare and combine data from different devices. A new easy-to-use standardized method makes it possible for almost anyone to calibra…
    - 8 hours ago, 24 Jun 19, 11:48am -
  • newTargeting individual atoms

    Targeting individual atoms

    Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy is one of the most important methods of physicochemical analysis. It can be used to determine precise molecular structures and dynamics. The importance of this method is also evidenced by the recognition…
    - 9 hours ago, 24 Jun 19, 11:00am -
  • newResearchers unveil how soft materials react to deformation at molecular level

    Researchers unveil how soft materials react to deformation at molecular level

    Before designing the next generation of soft materials, researchers must first understand how they behave during rapidly changing deformation. In a new study, researchers challenged previous assumptions regarding polymer behavior with newly developed…
    - 9 hours ago, 24 Jun 19, 10:49am -
  • newHow to bend waves to arrive at the right place

    How to bend waves to arrive at the right place

    Waves do not always spread uniformly into all directions, but can form a remarkable "branched flow." At TU Wien (Vienna) a method has now been developed to control this phenomenon.
    - 11 hours ago, 24 Jun 19, 9:30am -
  • newHow quantum technology could revolutionise the detection and treatment of diseases

    How quantum technology could revolutionise the detection and treatment of diseases

    When you hear the word 'quantum," you may imagine physicists working on a new ground breaking theory. Or perhaps you've read about quantum computers and how they might change the world. But one lesser-known field is also starting to reap the benefits…
    - 15 hours ago, 24 Jun 19, 5:00am -
  • Climbing droplets driven by mechanowetting on transverse waves

    Climbing droplets driven by mechanowetting on transverse waves

    Modern applications use self-cleaning strategies and digital microfluids to control individual droplets of fluids on flat surfaces but existing techniques are limited by the side-effects of high electric fields and high temperatures. In a new study,…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Jun 19, 9:30am -
  • Interaction-induced topology in symmetry-broken phase

    Interaction-induced topology in symmetry-broken phase

    Symmetry is a fundamental characteristic in nature. Understanding the mechanisms that break symmetries is essential to scientific research. Spontaneous symmetry breaking (SSB), in particular, occurs when thermal or quantum fluctuations drive a system…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Jun 19, 8:37am -
  • Researchers make steps toward debugging tools for quantum computers

    Researchers make steps toward debugging tools for quantum computers

    In classical computing, debugging programs is one of the most time-consuming tasks in software development. Successful debugging relies on software development tools and also on the experience of the programmer. In quantum computing, researchers pred…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Jun 19, 8:31am -

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  • The language of physics

    The language of physics

    10 more words that mean something different to scientists. Word fans, rejoice! Symmetry is back with another list of 10 common words that take on a new meaning when spoken by scientists. Check out the first and second lists, then take the…
    - 13 days ago, 11 Jun 19, 3:54pm -
  • Berkeley leans into search for light dark matter

    Berkeley leans into search for light dark matter

    Dark matter could be much lower in mass and slighter in energy than previously thought. The search for dark matter is expanding. And going small.While dark matter abounds in the universe—it is by far the most common form of matter, m…
    - 14 days ago, 10 Jun 19, 2:23pm -
  • Sharing CERN with Nepal

    Sharing CERN with Nepal


    - 18 days ago, 6 Jun 19, 9:33am -
  • Engineering the world’s largest digital camera

    Engineering the world’s largest digital camera

    Building the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope also means solving extraordinary technological challenges. In a brightly lit clean room at the US Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, engineers are building a car-siz…
    - 20 days ago, 4 Jun 19, 10:22am -
  • Brothers reunited on the ATLAS experiment

    Brothers reunited on the ATLAS experiment

    Two brothers with very different career paths land on the same project at CERN. Konstantinos Iakovidis was training in Greece’s Hellenic Army in May 2008 when his younger brother, George, was accepted into the CERN summer student progra…
    - 27 days ago, 28 May 19, 9:49am -
  • From physics to data science

    From physics to data science

    Four physicists share their journeys through academia into industry and offer words of wisdom for those considering making a similar move. Throughout his higher education, Jamie Antonelli had always envisioned himself as one day becomin…
    - 34 days ago, 21 May 19, 9:00am -
  • Europe’s path forward

    Europe’s path forward

    Physicists meet this week in Granada, Spain, to update the European Strategy for Particle Physics. Fifty years ago, a small group of physicists could come together, build groundbreaking equipment for a particle physics experiment and obt…
    - 39 days ago, 16 May 19, 11:50am -
  • Casting a wide net

    Casting a wide net

    In their quest to discover physics beyond the Standard Model, physicists weigh the pros and cons of different search strategies. On October 30, 1975, theorists John Ellis, Mary K. Gaillard and D.V. Nanopoulos published a paper titled “A…
    - 41 days ago, 14 May 19, 11:46am -
  • A universe is born

    A universe is born

    Take a (brief) journey through the early history of our cosmos. The universe was a busy place during the first three minutes. The cosmos we see today expanded from a tiny speck to much closer to its current massive size; the elementary pa…
    - 48 days ago, 7 May 19, 10:10am -
  • The unseen progress of the LHC

    The unseen progress of the LHC

    It’s not always about what you discover. About seven years ago, physicist Stephane Willocq at the University of Massachusetts became enthralled with a set of theories that predicted the existence of curled-up extra dimensions hiding wit…
    - 53 days ago, 2 May 19, 1:09pm -

The Guardian: Physics

  • Reversible superglue proves strong enough to hold average man
    Snail slime-like substance appears to solve problem of weak and reversible or strong and irreversible adhesiveA reversible superglue that mimics the under-appreciated properties of dried snail mucus has proved strong enough to bear the weight of an a…
    - 7 days ago, 17 Jun 19, 3:00pm -
  • Schrödinger's cat could be saved, say scientists
    New research casts doubt on idea that a quantum jump is instant and unpredictableSchrödinger’s cat might not only be dead or alive, but also brought back from the brink, according to scientists who said they have discovered a warning sign for quan…
    - 21 days ago, 3 Jun 19, 12:55pm -
  • Murray Gell-Mann obituary
    One of the leading particle physicists of the 20th centuryMurray Gell-Mann, who has died aged 89, was the leading figure in the study of elementary particle physics in the middle years of the 20th century. His work transformed the way that physicists…
    - 22 days ago, 2 Jun 19, 10:03am -
  • The Planets review – so staggering you go ‘whoa!’ every few seconds
    The awesome vastness of time and space is laid out in its full, jawdropping incomprehensibility by Prof Brian Cox, the Attenborough of outer spaceTowards the end of the opening episode of The Planets (BBC Two), the new solar system opus presented by…
    - 27 days ago, 28 May 19, 5:00pm -
  • Murray Gell-Mann, Nobel Prize-winning physicist who named quarks, dies at 89
    1969 Nobel laureate helped discover subatomic particlesDeath confirmed by Santa Fe Institute he co-foundedMurray Gell-Mann, the Nobel-winning physicist who brought order to the universe by helping discover and classify subatomic particles, has died.…
    - 29 days ago, 26 May 19, 5:28pm -
  • Cross Section: Hiranya Peiris – Science Weekly podcast
    What happened before the Big Bang? This is one of the hardest questions scientists are trying to answer, but Prof Hiranya Peiris is not daunted by the challenge. Hannah Devlin invited Peiris on the podcast to discuss the origins of our universe Conti…
    - 32 days ago, 24 May 19, 1:00am -
  • 100 years on: the pictures that changed our view of the universe
    Arthur Eddington’s photographs of the 1919 solar eclipse proved Einstein right and ushered in a century where gravity was kingA hundred years ago this month, the British astronomer Arthur Eddington arrived at the remote west African island of Prín…
    - 44 days ago, 12 May 19, 4:00am -
  • Black holes: seeing 'the unseeable' – Science Weekly podcast
    Using a global network of telescopes, scientists have managed to capture an image of a black hole for the first time. Hannah Devlin investigates why it’s more than just a pretty pictureBlack holes have long featured in science fiction movies as dar…
    - 60 days ago, 26 Apr 19, 1:00am -
  • David Thouless obituary
    Nobel prize-winning physicist who challenged accepted thinking in key areasDavid Thouless, who has died aged 84, won half of the 2016 Nobel prize in physics, the other half being shared by Duncan Haldane and me. David and I solved an interesting theo…
    - 66 days ago, 19 Apr 19, 11:57am -
  • Most ancient type of molecule in universe detected in space
    Helium hydride is thought to have played starring role in early universeThe most ancient type of molecule in our universe has been detected in space, scientists have revealed, backing up theories of how the early chemistry of the universe developed a…
    - 68 days ago, 17 Apr 19, 1:00pm -
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