Exotic insulator may hold clue to key mystery of modern physics
Dec 04, 2016
Experiments using laser light and pieces of gray material the size of fingernail clippings may offer clues to a fundamental scientific riddle: what is the relationship between the everyday world of classical physics and the ...
Manipulating quantum order
Nov 17, 2016
Cool a material to sufficiently low temperatures and it will seek some form of collective order. Add quantum mechanics or confine the geometry and the states of matter that emerge can be exotic, including electrons whose ...
Image: Commercially available atom interferometer
Nov 17, 2016
A commercially available 'atom interferometer' – exploiting clouds of ultra-cold atoms to make extremely precise measurements of variations in local gravity – on show during ESA's inaugural Quantum Technology workshop.
Researchers nearly reach quantum limit with nanodrums
Oct 31, 2016
Extremely accurate measurements of microwave signals can potentially be used for data encryption based on quantum cryptography and other purposes.
Harnessing the possibilities of the nanoworld
Sep 30, 2016
Scientists have long suspected that the way materials behave on the nanoscale – that is when particles have dimensions of about 1–100 nanometres – is different from how they behave on any other scale. A new paper in ...
Artificial intelligence helps in the discovery of new materials
Sep 21, 2016
With the help of artificial intelligence, chemists from the University of Basel in Switzerland have computed the characteristics of about two million crystals made up of four chemical elements. The researchers were able to ...
Towards quantum Internet: Researchers teleport particle of light six kilometres
Sep 21, 2016
What if you could behave like the crew on the Starship Enterprise and teleport yourself home or anywhere else in the world? As a human, you're probably not going to realize this any time soon; if you're a photon, you might ...
A riddle for our time
Sep 12, 2016
One of the most remarkable successes of astrophysics in the last century was its discovery that the age of the universe as measured by its oldest stars was about the same as the age estimated in an entirely different way, ...
Researchers apply quantum theory and Einstein's special relativity to plasma physics issues
Jul 29, 2016
Among the intriguing issues in plasma physics are those surrounding X-ray pulsars—collapsed stars that orbit around a cosmic companion and beam light at regular intervals, like lighthouses in the sky. Physicists want to ...
Building a Moebius strip of good vibrations
Jul 25, 2016
Yale physicists have created something similar to a Moebius strip of moving energy between two vibrating objects, opening the door to novel forms of control over waves in acoustics, laser optics, and quantum mechanics.