Category Archives: Physics Today

Measurements of elusive mineral could explain mantle discontinuity

A predicted phase transition shows up in high-pressure experiments. Continue reading

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Mineral measurements could explain mantle seismology

A predicted phase transition shows up in high-pressure experiments. Continue reading

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Satellites glimpse the microphysics of magnetic reconnection

In situ measurements capture a nonturbulent, efficient reconnection event on Earth’s nightside. Continue reading

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Satellites reveal the microphysics of magnetic reconnection

Laminar electron dynamics drive reconnection on the side of Earth away from the Sun. Continue reading

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Father of optical trapping awarded a share of the Nobel Prize in Physics

Optical tweezers have endured as an invaluable laboratory tool for manipulating molecules and other small particles. Continue reading

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Soot formation: A new mechanism for an old problem

Gaseous hydrocarbons may cluster into sooty particles through a chain reaction. Continue reading

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A compelling mechanism for soot formation

Gaseous hydrocarbons may cluster into soot through a chain reaction. Continue reading

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Ants know the secret to avoiding traffic jams

In a confined environment, ants divide labor to optimize nest excavation. Continue reading

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When the ants go marching in

Ants in a confined environment divide labor to optimize excavation. Continue reading

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Semiconductor crystals achieve record thermal conductivity

The synthesis of low-defect boron arsenide crystals could reduce overheating in electronic devices. Continue reading

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