News tagged with phase transitions

The self-improvement of lithium-ion batteries

(Phys.org)—The search for clean and green energy in the 21st century requires a better and more efficient battery technology. The key to attaining that goal may lie in designing and building batteries not ...

Dec 03, 2012
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A new phase in cellular communication

(Phys.org)—In many physical processes, substances undergo phase transitions, where they are transformed from one state (solid, liquid, or gas) to another. Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome Proteins (WASP) function ...

Nov 16, 2012
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A new probe for spintronics

The spin Hall effect (SHE) enables us to create spin current in  non-magnetic materials without using ferromagnetic materials. It is a crucial element in the central idea behind spintronics, that of manipulating ...

Sep 12, 2012
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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
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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
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