Author Archives: rberkowitz

Pluto’s Tilt Explains Ice Sheet’s History

Climate models based on changes in Pluto’s orbital tilt suggest that the dwarf planet’s heart-shaped ice sheet continues to undergo cycles of sublimation, condensation, and reorientation. Read more in APS Physics…

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A Laser-Free Method for Cooling Heavy Molecules

Electric deceleration brings a beam of the largest molecules yet to a standstill. Continue reading

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Strong Currents Don’t Faze Salt Marsh Coastal Defences

A model captures the influence of plant flexibility, leaves, and current on
wave dissipation by a meadow of marsh plants. Continue reading

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Real-Time Monitoring of Nanoscale Polarization Switching

Researchers have visualized the nanoscale jumps in a ferroelectric’s polarization that are thought to play a key role in how well some ferroelectric devices function. Continue reading

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Research Team Unlocks Path to a Quantum Future

Developing new pathways to create and protect quantum coherence will enable exquisitely sensitive measurement and information processing devices that function at ambient or even extreme conditions. Continue reading

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Direct Detection of Phonons

Using an updated superconducting particle detector, researchers can directly measure from its quasiparticle signal the number of phonons that hit the detector. Continue reading

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The Women Who Win

Women who have received major physics prizes share their thoughts about what the awards mean to them and about how they help in bringing science to the forefront. Continue reading

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A Hallmark of Topological Insulators is Measured in Atoms

Using ultracold atoms, researchers measure the number of chiral edge states in a system with time-reversal symmetry. Continue reading

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A Way to Experimentally Test String Theory’s “Fuzzball” Prediction

Simulations reveal the gravitational-wave signal of string theory’s “fuzzy” black holes, a signature that researchers could potentially measure. Continue reading

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The impact of switching research fields

A new quantitative study finds a correlation between physicists who change areas of research and their scientific impac Continue reading

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