Latest Phase transition Stories
Although the storage of films and music on a DVD is part of our digital world, the physical basis of the storage mechanism is not understood in detail.
The ability of phase-change materials to readily and swiftly transition between different phases has made them valuable as a low-power source of non-volatile or â€œflashâ€ memory and data storage.
Fundamental physical phenomena demonstrated for the first time.
Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe and is a major component of giant planets such as Jupiter and Saturn.
Electrons in complex matter sometimes arrange themselves into strange patterns, which remain shrouded in mystery.
Transitions are exciting. And at temperatures close to absolute zero, studying the transition from one quantum phase to another tantalizes physicists looking for a deeper understanding of the fundamental laws of the universe.
Using rigorous computer calculations, researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and the Carnegie Institution of Washington have established evidence that supercooled silicon experiences a liquid-liquid phase transition, where at a certain temperature two different states of liquid silicon exist.
University of Arizona scientists experimenting with some of the coldest gases in the universe have discovered that when atoms in the gas get cold enough, they can spontaneously spin up into what might be described as quantum mechanical twisters or hurricanes.