News tagged with electric polarization

Stopping molecules with a centrifuge

Does the electron possess an electric dipole moment? Will it be possible to achieve perfect control over chemical reactions between polyatomic molecules, or can one envisage quantum simulations and quantum ...

Jan 07, 2014 5 / 5 (4) 0 | with audio podcast

Researchers develop light transistor

TU Vienna has managed to turn the oscillation direction of beams of light – simply by applying an electrical current to a special material. This way, a transistor can be built that functions with light ...

Jul 08, 2013 4.9 / 5 (9) 1 | with audio podcast

X-rays reveal fuel cells in action

(Phys.org) —Wouldn't it be great to have a magical "energy box" that could convert a wide array of fuels to electricity with high efficiency and lower emissions? Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) show significant ...

Jun 03, 2013 5 / 5 (2) 0 | with audio podcast

Measuring the seeds of noctilucent clouds

(Phys.org) —A constant stream of space debris flows toward Earth from the rest of the solar system. Large meteors can sometimes survive the intense friction and heat upon entering Earth's atmosphere, but ...

Apr 04, 2013 5 / 5 (1) 1

Hiding in plain sight

A couple years ago, researchers introduced a new material that they said could make any object invisible to both radar and the human eye. Invisibility cloaking would have a major impact on defense technology, they explained, ...

Mar 05, 2013 5 / 5 (4) 1 | with audio podcast