American Institute of Physics

Wrangling flow to quiet cars and aircraft

Plasmas are a soup of charged particles in an electric field, and are normally found in stars and lightning bolts. With the use of high voltage equipment, very small plasmas can be used to manipulate fluid flows. In recent ...

dateOct 18, 2013 in Plasma Physics
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Acoustic levitation made simple

A team of researchers at the University of São Paulo in Brazil has developed a new levitation device that can hover a tiny object with more control than any instrument that has come before.

dateJan 05, 2015 in General Physics
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Designing an acoustic diode

Most people know about ultrasound through its role in prenatal imaging: those grainy, grey outlines of junior constructed from reflected sound waves. A new technology called an "acoustic diode," envisioned by researchers ...

dateNov 01, 2013 in General Physics
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Bright, laser-based lighting devices

As a modern culture, we crave artificial white lights—the brighter the better, and ideally using less energy than ever before. To meet the ever-escalating demand for more lighting in more places and to improve the bulbs ...

dateSep 27, 2013 in General Physics
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