Building Novel Carbon Allotropes

Screenshot 2020-07-02 at 13.38.51.pngCalculations indicate that a form of carbon synthesized from pentagonal hydrocarbon molecules could have unusual electrical and mechanical properties.  Read more in APS Physics…

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Cold, supersaturated urban air could be accelerating pollutant particle growth

Screenshot 2020-07-02 at 13.32.39.pngA new experiment suggests that ammonium nitrate particles nucleate and quickly grow in winter conditions.  Read more in Physics Today…

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Ion Recoil from Photon Beam Observed

Screenshot 2020-06-21 at 21.10.41Experiments confirm that photonionized molecules get a backward kick, as predicted by theory.  Read more in APS Physics…

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Smog-forming particles may grow quickly in supersaturated urban air

media_sizes_full_figure1Ammonium nitrate particles nucleate and grow in winter-like conditions, according to a new experiment. Read more in Physics Today…

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Seafloor avalanches travel fast and far

Screenshot 2020-06-03 at 10.20.51Acoustic measurements of sediment concentration quantify the wide-reaching influence of turbidity currents.  Read more in Physics Today…

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Unjammed Emulsions Collapse to Liquids

Screenshot 2020-05-27 at 09.46.48An emulsion’s rigidity disappears when the droplets’ random thermal motion overcomes the confining pressure that binds them.  Read more in APS Physics…

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Efficient Detection of Microwave Photons

Screenshot 2020-05-18 at 14.04.08A new single-photon detector minimizes false positives by ensuring that a qubit switches to its excited state if and only if a photon enters a microwave resonator.  Read more in APS Physics…

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Pressure alters rock magnetization

Screenshot 2020-05-18 at 10.02.16A rock buried in Earth’s crust or a meteorite compressed on impact may end up with increased magnetization.  Read more in Physics Today…

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Food residues help date ancient pottery

Screenshot 2020-05-06 at 09.46.50.pngRadiocarbon dating of carefully extracted fatty-acid compounds could become a robust archaeological tool.  Read more in Physics Today…

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Localized electric field manipulates a nuclear spin

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The atom-level control could provide the precision required for some quantum computing applications. Read more in Physics Today…

 

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