Planes, trains and molecules: Deriving a generic routing algorithm from the physics of interacting polymers
Superheated Bose-Einstein condensate exists above critical temperature
Phase transition may explain how brain neurons encode information
Crystals take a chill pill: A thermomechanical theory of low-temperature melting
Origin of magnetic fields may lie in special relativity's spacetime distortions
Team finds elusive quantum transformations near absolute zero
Heat drives classical phase transitions—think solid, liquid, and gas—but much stranger things can happen when the temperature drops. If phase transitions occur at the coldest temperatures imaginable, ...
Learning more about phase transitions in small systems
Consider the 'anticrystal'
(Phys.org) —For the last century, the concept of crystals has been a mainstay of solid-state physics. Crystals are paragons of order; crystalline materials are defined by the repeating patterns their constituent ...
Phase transiting to a new quantum universe
(Phys.org) —Recent insight and discovery of a new class of quantum transition opens the way for a whole new subfield of materials physics and quantum technologies.
How the physics of champagne bubbles may help address the world's future energy needs
Uncork a bottle of champagne, and as the pressure of the liquid is abruptly removed, bubbles immediately form and then rapidly begin the process of "coarsening," in which larger bubbles grow at the expense ...
Looking for critical behavior in graphene
Tracking the transition of early-universe quark soup to matter as we know it
(Phys.org) —Ever wonder how the hot soup of subatomic particles that filled the early universe transformed into the ordinary matter of today's world? Nuclear physicists exploring this question can't exactly ...
Vanadium oxide bronze: A replacement for silicon in microchips?
(Phys.org)—Few modern materials have achieved the fame of silicon, a key element of computer chips and the namesake for Silicon Valley, home to some of the world's most prominent technology firms.