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2012-01-23 10:57:31

Researchers at the Niels Bohr Institute have combined two worlds — quantum physics and nano physics, and this has led to the discovery of a new method for laser cooling semiconductor membranes. Semiconductors are vital components in solar cells, LEDs and many other electronics, and the efficient cooling of components is important for future quantum computers and ultrasensitive sensors. The new cooling method works quite paradoxically by heating the material! Using lasers, researchers...

2012-01-17 10:55:51

Measurements at the Vienna University of Technology deepen our understanding of quantum uncertainty Heisenberg's Uncertainty principle is arguably one of the most famous foundations of quantum physics. It says that not all properties of a quantum particle can be measured with unlimited accuracy. Until now, this has often been justified by the notion that every measurement necessarily has to disturb the quantum particle, which distorts the results of any further measurements. This, however,...

2011-10-10 09:22:16

The world's thinnest, strongest and most conductive material, discovered in 2004 at the University of Manchester by Professor Andre Geim and Professor Kostya Novoselov, has the potential to revolutionize material science. Demonstrating the remarkable properties of graphene won the two scientists the Nobel Prize for Physics last year and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has just announced plans for a £50m graphene research hub to be set up. Now, writing in the journal...

Exotic Quantum States: A New Research Approach
2011-10-03 09:23:13

Theoretical physicists of the University of Innsbruck have formulated a new concept to engineer exotic, so-called topological states of matter in quantum mechanical many-body systems. They linked concepts of quantum optics and condensed matter physics and show a direction to build a quantum computer which is immune against perturbations. The scientists have published their work in the journal Nature Physics. Three years ago a research team led by Sebastian Diehl and Peter Zoller presented...

2011-09-27 11:22:00

Fortuitous discovery in UC Riverside physics lab made using stacked layers of “wonder material” An accidental discovery in a physicist´s laboratory at the University of California, Riverside provides a unique route for tuning the electrical properties of graphene, nature´s thinnest elastic material. This route holds great promise for replacing silicon with graphene in the microchip industry. The researchers found that stacking up three layers of graphene, like...

2011-09-27 10:37:53

Fortuitous discovery in UC Riverside physics lab made using stacked layers of 'wonder material' An accidental discovery in a physicist's laboratory at the University of California, Riverside provides a unique route for tuning the electrical properties of graphene, nature's thinnest elastic material. This route holds great promise for replacing silicon with graphene in the microchip industry. The researchers found that stacking up three layers of graphene, like pancakes, significantly...

2011-08-01 14:32:23

A new source of very cold electrons will improve the quality and speed of nanoimaging for drug and materials development, to a trillionth of a second. The study published in Nature Physics today was carried out by researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coherent X-ray Science (CXS), headquartered at the University of Melbourne. Associate Professor Robert Scholten from the University's School of Physics  and the CXS, said the new cold electron source offered potential advances...

2011-08-01 12:09:01

Physicists from Juelich, Kiel and Hamburg identify an atomic-scale magnetic lattice of cycloidal vortices in a thin metal film Physicists at Forschungszentrum Jlich and the universities of Kiel and Hamburg are the first to discover a regular lattice of stable magnetic skyrmions "“ radial spiral structures made up of atomic-scale spins "“ on a surface instead of in bulk materials. Such tiny formations could one day form the basis of a new generation of smaller and more efficient...

2011-07-25 14:17:46

Writing in the journal Nature Physics, the academics, who discovered the world's thinnest material at The University of Manchester in 2004, have revealed more about its electronic properties. Research institutes and universities around the world are already looking at ways to build devices such as touch-screens, ultrafast transistors and photodetectors. Now the research from the creators of the material promises to accelerate that research, and potentially open up countless more electronic...

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2011-06-06 06:05:00

In a study published in the journal Nature Physics, researchers report trapping some 300 antihydrogen atoms for a record 16 minutes, a stunning technical feat that promises deeper insights into the mysteries of antimatter. Particles and anti-particles annihilate each other in a small flash of energy when they collide making the study of them extremely difficult. Fourteen-million years ago, at the moment of the big bang, matter and antimatter are believed to have existed in equal quantities....


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2012-05-18 15:50:42

Nature Physics is a peer-reviewed scientific journal established in 2005 and published monthly by the Nature Publishing Group. The editor-in-chief is Alison Wright, who is a full-time professional editor employed by the journal. The journal publishes original research, letters, full-length articles, review articles, news, views, physics research highlights, commentaries, book reviews, and correspondence. The main focus is pure and applied physics research, encompassing core physics...

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