Light-matter interaction can turn opaque materials transparent
Dolphin-inspired sonar overcomes size-wavelength limitation
Two Japanese, one American win Nobel Prize in physics
An invention that promises to revolutionize the way the world lights its homes and offices—and already helps create the glowing screens of mobile phones, computers and TVs— earned a Nobel Prize on Tuesday ...
Majorana fermion: Physicists observe elusive particle that is its own antiparticle
Princeton University scientists have observed an exotic particle that behaves simultaneously like matter and antimatter, a feat of math and engineering that could yield powerful computers based on quantum ...
Can the wave function of an electron be divided and trapped?
New research by physicists from Brown University puts the profound strangeness of quantum mechanics in a nutshell—or, more accurately, in a helium bubble.
Researchers use cellphone data to construct population density maps
New microscope collects dynamic images of the molecules that animate life
Over the last decade, powerful new microscopes have dramatically sharpened biologists' focus on the molecules that animate and propel life. Now, a new imaging platform developed by Eric Betzig and colleagues ...
Microscopic "walkers" find their way across cell surfaces
Nature has developed a wide variety of methods for guiding particular cells, enzymes, and molecules to specific structures inside the body: White blood cells can find their way to the site of an infection, ...
Physicists solve longstanding puzzle of how moths find distant mates
(Phys.org) —The way in which male moths locate females flying hundreds of meters away has long been a mystery to scientists.
What happens when ultracold atomic spins are trapped in an optical lattice structure
Every electrical device, from a simple lightbulb to the latest microchips, is enabled by the movement of electrical charge, or current. The nascent field of 'spintronics' taps into a different electronic ...
Cold Atom Laboratory creates atomic dance
Like dancers in a chorus line, atoms' movements become synchronized when lowered to extremely cold temperatures. To study this bizarre phenomenon, called a Bose-Einstein condensate, researchers need to cool ...
Lockheed Martin pursues compact fusion reactor concept
Getting sharp images from dull detectors: Operating in the fuzzy area between classical and quantum light
Observing the quantum behavior of light is a big part of Alan Migdall's research at the Joint Quantum Institute. Many of his experiments depend on observing light in the form of photons—-the particle complement ...
UW fusion reactor concept could be cheaper than coal
Fusion energy almost sounds too good to be true – zero greenhouse gas emissions, no long-lived radioactive waste, a nearly unlimited fuel supply.