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2011-07-30 02:02:48

Although high-temperature superconductors are widely used in technologies such as MRI machines, explaining the unusual properties of these materials remains an unsolved problem for theoretical physicists.

2011-03-15 00:00:28

Balluff’s new line of BKT 67M contrast sensors are perfect for detecting brightness differences in parts, labels, and imprints on packaging.

2010-10-22 16:51:09

At the heart of the method is a so-called quantum point contact (QPC).

2009-04-24 14:30:51

With extremely short wavelengths and very high intensities, light-matter interaction seems to be different than previously accepted

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2008-04-11 09:00:00

New study finds that household photoelectric alarms are more likely to remain working

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2005-11-04 18:00:00

In the macroscopic world of everyday life we often have 'deterministic chaos'. Events like weather and ocean currents, the movement of heavenly bodies, or the growth of insect populations can all be described in exact formulas. They are indeed 'deterministic'. But the way they proceed in reality is highly sensitive to initial values. Even the smallest failure to measure the initial conditions can make a long-term prediction impossible. Physicists call such systems 'chaotic'.

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2005-10-11 14:15:00

A hundred years ago, we took the first steps in recognising, at the level of elementary physical events, the dual character of nature that had been postulated in natural philosophy. Albert Einstein was the first who saw Max Planck’s quantum hypothesis leading to this dual character. Einstein suggested the photon have an electromagnetic wave character, although photons had previously been considered as particles. That was the quintessence of his work on the photoelectric effect. Later...

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2005-04-30 10:10:24

In 1921 Einstein won the Nobel Prize not for his work on relativity, but for solving a puzzle that had baffled scientists since 1887 -- the photoelectric effect. In one of the three ground-breaking papers he published in 1905 he explained it in one astonishing blow: the light is quantized. His work was the first step in launching quantum theory.


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