News tagged with phase transitions

Measuring the heat capacity of condensed light

Liquid water is a very good heat storage medium – anyone with a Thermos bottle knows that. However, as soon as water boils or freezes, its storage capacity drops precipitously. Physicists at the University of Bonn have ...

dateApr 19, 2016 in Quantum Physics
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Three-way battles in the quantum world

In phase transitions, for instance between water and water vapor, the motional energy competes with the attractive energy between neighboring molecules. Physicists at ETH Zurich have now studied quantum phase transitions ...

dateApr 11, 2016 in Quantum Physics
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New theory describes ice's slippery behavior

Winter is coming, promising the usual bouts of frozen precipitation for northern locations. The slickness of snow and ice is a big pain if you're driving, flying or walking, but can be a lot of fun if you strap on a pair ...

dateDec 08, 2015 in Condensed Matter
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