News tagged with phase transitions

Higgs excitations near absolute zero

(Phys.org) -- A collaboration of physicists from Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, LMU, Harvard and Caltech detect Higgs-type excitations in a low-dimensional system of ultracold atoms at the transition ...

Jul 25, 2012 4.7 / 5 (19) 14 | with audio podcast

No evidence for 'knots' in space

(Phys.org) -- Theories of the primordial Universe predict the existence of knots in the fabric of space - known as cosmic textures - which could be identified by looking at light from the cosmic microwave ...

Jun 13, 2012 4.9 / 5 (11) 24 | with audio podcast

Watching a gas turn superfluid

Every time you boil water in a kettle, you witness a phenomenon known as a phase transition — water transforms from a liquid to a gas, as you can see from the bubbling water and hissing steam. MIT physicists ...

Jan 18, 2012 4.8 / 5 (8) 5 | with audio podcast