Earth-crushing pressure? This electron spin doesn't care
(Phys.org) —To fully understand something, it is often instructive to view it at its extremes. How do materials behave when their bits are forced much closer together than is comfortable? How do electrons ...
Magnetic bubbles behave differently than other magnetic defects (w/ video)
A clock that will last forever: Researchers propose a way to build the first space-time crystal
(Phys.org)—Imagine a clock that will keep perfect time forever, even after the heat-death of the universe. This is the "wow" factor behind a device known as a "space-time crystal," a four-dimensional crystal ...
Physicists unveil a theory for a new kind of superconductivity
(PhysOrg.com) -- In this 100th anniversary year of the discovery of superconductivity, physicists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Swedens Royal Institute of Technology have published a ...
Engineering team increases power efficiency for future computer processors
(Phys.org) —Have you ever wondered why your laptop or smartphone feels warm when you're using it? That heat is a byproduct of the microprocessors in your device using electric current to power computer ...
Manipulating magnetic field effects in organic semiconductors
Changing the polarity of the magnetic field response of a material one thousandth the width of a human hair may seem like the stuff of science fiction, but that's exactly what's happening at NIST.
Newly identified 'universal' property of metamagnets may lead to everyday uses
(Phys.org) —A new physics discovery made by a University of Virginia-led team may lead to more efficient refrigerators, heat pumps and airport scanners, among many possible uses –perhaps within a decade.
CeCoIn5 reveals new secrets about how superconductivity and magnetism can be related
(Phys.org) —Superconducting materials exhibit unexpected behaviors when subjected to magnetic fields or high pressures –discoveries that have implications for controlling electrons in those special materials. ...
Artificially-engineered material pushes the bounds of superconductivity
A multi-university team of researchers has artificially engineered a unique multilayer material that could lead to breakthroughs in both superconductivity research and in real-world applications.
'Mix and match': Mixing nanoparticles to make multifunctional materials
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have developed a general approach for combining different types of nanoparticles to produce large-scale composite materials. The ...
A new topological insulator breaks symmetry, and that's a good thing
(Phys.org) —Scientists working at SLAC, Stanford, Oxford, Berkeley Lab and in Tokyo have discovered a new type of quantum material whose lopsided behavior may lend itself to creating novel electronics.
All-optical magnetic switching promises terahertz-speed hard drive and RAM memory
(Phys.org) —Researchers at the Ames Laboratory, Iowa State University, and the University of Crete in Greece have found a new way to switch magnetism that is at least 1000 times faster than currently used ...
Surprising turns in magnetic thin films could lead to better data storage
A magnetic phenomenon newly discovered by MIT researchers could lead to much faster, denser and more energy-efficient chips for memory and computation.
Observing electrons in real-time could lead to faster computing
(Phys.org) —New research revealing the interactions between electrons and organic carrier materials in devices that use electron spin to encode information could help in the development of faster and more ...