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Gregory Howes Inaugural Recipient of the Ronald C. Davidson Award for Plasma Physics

AIP Publishing has announced that Gregory Howes, an associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Iowa, is the winner of the inaugural 2016 Ronald C. Davidson ...

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How often do quantum systems violate the second law of thermodynamics?

The likelihood of seeing quantum systems violating the second law of thermodynamics has been calculated by UCL scientists.

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Scientists discover particles similar to Majorana fermions

Majorana fermions were first proposed by the physicist Ettore Majorana in 1937. They are fermion particles that are also their own antiparticles. These fermions are vital to the research of ...

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The quantum sniffer dog

As humans, we sniff out different scents and aromas using chemical receptors in our noses. In technological gas detection, however, there are a whole host of other methods available. One such ...

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Creeping gel: Photosensitive self-oscillating gel to model biological crawling motions

Directed motion seems simple to us, but the coordinated interplay of complex processes is needed, even for seemingly simple crawling motions of worms or snails. By using a gel that periodically ...

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Light-driven atomic rotations excite magnetic waves

Controlling functional properties by light is one of the grand goals in modern condensed matter physics and materials science. A new study now demonstrates how the ultrafast light-induced modulation ...

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When quantum scale affects the way atoms emit and absorb particles of light

In 1937, US physicist Isidor Rabi introduced a simple model to describe how atoms emit and absorb particles of light. Until now, this model had still not been completely explained. In a recent ...

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Converting optical frequencies with 10^(-21) uncertainty

Frequency synthesizers from audio frequency to the microwave region have been widely used in daily life, high technology and scientific research. Those frequency synthesizers can output a signal ...

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Move over, lasers: Scientists can now create holograms from neutrons, too

For the first time, a team including scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have used neutron beams to create holograms of large solid objects, revealing details ...

Thu 20 Oct 16 from

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