Devices that convert heat into electricity one step closer to reality
Dec 23, 2016
The same researchers who pioneered the use of a quantum mechanical effect to convert heat into electricity have figured out how to make their technique work in a form more suitable to industry.
Quantum membranes for ultraprecise mechanical measurements
Dec 22, 2016
Quantum mechanics dictates sensitivity limits in the measurements of displacement, velocity and acceleration. A recent experiment at the Niels Bohr Institute probes these limits, analyzing how quantum fluctuations set a sensor ...
Scientists detect a quantum crystal of electrons and 'watch' it melt
Dec 20, 2016
For the first time, MIT physicists have observed a highly ordered crystal of electrons in a semiconducting material and documented its melting, much like ice thawing into water. The observations confirm a fundamental phase ...
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 ...