Can we model heavy nuclei from first principles? 

Modelling the properties of atomic nuclei is a demanding task. It requires a theory that we can apply to a large variety of nuclear species regardless of their masses. M.Sc. Gianluca Salvioni's doctoral dissertation on theoretical ...

Researchers compute their way to the center of the Earth

In order to more fully comprehend the complexities of Earth's interior, humanity has to dig deep—literally. To date, scientists have been able to bore a little over 12 kilometres deep, or about half the average depth of ...

Researchers identify buckybowl structure

Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology have identified the adlayer structure of the sumanene buckybowl on Au(111) and revealed its unique bowl inversion behavior.

Code speedup strengthens researchers' grasp of neutrons

Neutrons are notoriously slippery subatomic particles. On their own, they break down in a matter of minutes, but within the confines of the atom's nucleus, neutrons are a foundational piece of nearly all known types of matter ...

Peering into how rechargeable lithium ion batteries function

Nanoparticle electrodes in lithium-ion batteries have both near-surface and interior contributions to their redox capacity, each with distinct rate capabilities. Using combined electron microscopy, synchrotron X-ray methods ...