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When an exciton acts like a hole

(Phys.org) —When is an electron hole like a quasiparticle (QP)? More specifically, what happens when a single electron hole is doped into a two-dimensional quantum antiferromagnet? Quasiparticle phenomena in such a system ...

dateAug 27, 2014 in General Physics
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Towards more efficient solar cells

A layer of silicon nanocrystals and erbium ions may help solar cells to extract more energy from the ultraviolet (UV, high-energy) part of the solar spectrum. Experimental physicists from the FOM Foundation, the STW Technology ...

dateAug 13, 2014 in Nanophysics
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A mirror with a peephole

When light shines through air onto water, some of the light usually will be reflected back into the air. But at one specific angle, called the Brewster angle, all of the p-polarized light travels into the water with no reflection. ...

dateAug 13, 2014 in Optics & Photonics
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Acid ions are more than spectators

(Phys.org) —X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) measurements carried out at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Advanced Photon Source, coupled with state-of-the-art density functional theory (DFT) simulations reveal ...

dateAug 07, 2014 in Materials Science
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