Cool calculations for cold atoms: New theory of universal three-body encounters
(Phys.org) —Chemical reactions drive the mechanisms of life as well as a million other natural processes on earth. These reactions occur at a wide spectrum of temperatures, from those prevailing at the ...
Superabsorbing ring could make light work of snaps
A quantum effect in which excited atoms team up to emit an enhanced pulse of light can be turned on its head to create 'superabsorbing' systems to make the 'ultimate camera pixel'.
Researchers find first direct evidence of 'spin symmetry' in atoms
Just as diamonds with perfect symmetry may be unusually brilliant jewels, the quantum world has a symmetrical splendor of high scientific value.
Bacterial nanowires: Not what we thought they were
For the past 10 years, scientists have been fascinated by a type of "electric bacteria" that shoots out long tendrils like electric wires, using them to power themselves and transfer electricity to a variety ...
Water's reaction with metal oxides opens doors for researchers
A multi-institutional team has resolved a long-unanswered question about how two of the world's most common substances interact.
Researchers develop method for growing single species of single-walled carbon nanotubes
Ion duet offers tunable module for quantum simulator
Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a pas de deux of atomic ions that combines the fine choreography of dance with precise individual control.
Watching the structure of glass under pressure
Glass has many applications that call for different properties, such as resistance to thermal shock or to chemically harsh environments. Glassmakers commonly use additives such as boron oxide to tweak these ...
Physics research removes outcome unpredictability of ultracold atomic reactions
Findings from a physics study by a Kansas State University researcher are helping scientists accurately predict the once unpredictable.
A breakthrough in imaging gold nanoparticles to atomic resolution by electron microscopy
Nanometre-scale gold particles are intensively investigated for application as catalysts, sensors, drug delivery devices, biological contrast agents and components in photonics and molecular electronics. ...
Scientists unveil new technology to better understand small clusters of atoms
Physicists at the University of York, working with researchers at the University of Birmingham and Genoa, have developed new technology to study atomic vibration in small particles, revealing a more accurate ...
'Cavity protection effect' helps to conserve quantum information
The electronics we use for our computers only knows two different states: zero or one. Quantum systems on the other hand can be in different states at once, they can store a superposition of "zero" and "one". ...
New material could be used for energy storage
(Phys.org) —Lawrence Livermore researchers have made a material that is 10 times stronger and stiffer than traditional aerogels of the same density.
Researchers prove stability of wonder material silicene
An international team of researchers has taken a significant step towards understanding the fundamental properties of the two-dimensional material silicene by showing that it can remain stable in the presence ...