News tagged with crystals

Affordable detectors for gamma radiation

A research team at Empa and ETH Zurich has developed single crystals made of lead halide perovskites, which are able to gage radioactive radiation with high precision. Initial experiments have shown that these crystals, which ...

dateSep 20, 2016 in Optics & Photonics
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Seeing silicon crystal transform to amorphous

A team of researchers led by the University of Pittsburgh's Scott X. Mao has observed at atomic scale a previously unknown mechanism of shear-driven crystal to amorphously transform in silicon. The paper "In situ observation ...

dateSep 19, 2016 in Nanophysics
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Metal in chains

The electronic energy states allowed by quantum mechanics determine whether a solid is an insulator or whether it conducts electric current as a metal. Researchers at ETH have now theoretically predicted a novel material ...

dateSep 13, 2016 in General Physics
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Time crystals might exist after all

(Phys.org)—Are time crystals just a mathematical curiosity, or could they actually physically exist? Physicists have been debating this question since 2012, when Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek first proposed the idea of time ...

dateSep 09, 2016 in General Physics feature
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