News tagged with phase transitions

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
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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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Exerting better control over matter waves

(PhysOrg.com) -- “The concept of matter waves is at the heart of quantum mechanics,” Oliver Morsch tells PhysOrg.com. “At the beginning of the last century, scientists discovered that solid particles could exhibit proper ...

Mar 27, 2009 feature
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Observing the Quantum Hall Effect in 'Real' Space

(PhysOrg.com) -- When water transforms into steam, or magnetized iron changes to demagnetized iron, Katsushi Hashimoto explains to PhysOrg.com, a phase transition is taking place: “Classical phase transitions…often share ...

Jan 12, 2009 feature
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