News tagged with atoms

New aluminum alloy stores hydrogen

We use aluminum to make planes lightweight, store sodas in recyclable containers, keep the walls of our homes energy efficient and ensure that the Thanksgiving turkey is cooked to perfection. Now, thanks ...

Nov 05, 2013 4.5 / 5 (12) 1 | with audio podcast

A single-atom light switch

With just a single atom, light can be switched between two fibre optic cables at the Vienna University of Technology. Such a switch enables quantum phenomena to be used for information and communication technology.

Nov 05, 2013 4.8 / 5 (20) 0 | with audio podcast

Giant atom eats quantum gas

A team of experimental and theoretical physicists from the University of Stuttgart studied a single micrometer sized atom. This atom contains tens of thousands of normal atoms in its electron orbital. These ...

Oct 31, 2013 4.4 / 5 (24) 2 | with audio podcast

Spinning atoms in light crystals

(Phys.org) —After more than 40 years of intense research, experimental physicists still seek to explore the rich behaviour of electrons confined to a two-dimensional crystalline structure exposed to large ...

Oct 30, 2013 3.6 / 5 (13) 0 | with audio podcast

Unique chemistry in hydrogen catalysts

Making hydrogen easily and cheaply is a dream goal for clean, sustainable energy. Bacteria have been doing exactly that for billions of years, and now chemists at the University of California, Davis, and Stanford University ...

Oct 24, 2013 4.3 / 5 (3) 0 | with audio podcast