Tag Archives: Physics Today

Volcano topography can distort ground deformation data

Cliff-like features could explain the anomalous measurements taken by tiltmeters deployed at Hawaii’s Kilauea and other volcanoes. Continue reading

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The hydrodynamics of a quantum fluid

The behavior of a one-dimensional gas of ultracold atoms confirms a generalized theory. Continue reading

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A glimpse of a planetary system’s final stages

Detailed spectroscopy measurements may help astronomers discover bodies orbiting white dwarfs. Continue reading

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Ultracold atoms flow on a chip

An experiment confirms a generalized theory of hydrodynamics in the case of a one-dimensional quantum fluid. Continue reading

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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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