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Light can trigger coordinated, wavelike motions of atoms in atom-thin layers of crystal, scientists have shown.
We all learn in high school science about the dual nature of light – that it exists as both waves and quantum particles called photons.
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are applying similar principles in the development optomechanical sensors that will help unlock vibrational secrets of chemical and biological samples at the nanoscale.
Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have found that nitrogen atoms in the compound uranium nitride exhibit unexpected, distinct vibrations that form a nearly ideal realization of a physics textbook model known as the isotropic quantum harmonic oscillator.
Northwestern University scientists have developed a thermoelectric material that is the best in the world at converting waste heat to electricity.
Researchers try to get the temperature-independent energy spectrum of some materials for obtaining all their thermodynamic properties from their experimental heat capacities alone.
Physicists have recently devised a new method for handling the effect of the interplay between vibrations and electrons on electronic transport.
Size matters… but apparently so does shape – when it comes to conducting heat in very small spaces.
For the first time, researchers have managed to cool a miniature mechanical object to its lowest possible energy state using laser light.
Showcasing new tools for widespread development of quantum circuits made of mechanical parts, scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a flexible, broadly usable technique for steadily calming the vibrations of an engineered mechanical object down to the quantum "ground state," the lowest possible energy level.
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