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Thinnest Optical Waveguide Channels Light Within Just Three Layers of Atoms

August 12, 2019

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed the thinnest optical device in the world—a waveguide…
Seeking new physics, scientists borrow from social networks

July 26, 2019

When two protons collide, they release pyrotechnic jets of particles, the details of which can tell scientists something…
Researchers imaged subtle motions of a molecule known as N-methyl morpholine when excited by UV light. Credit: Brown University / SLAC
Caught in the act: Images capture molecular motions in real time

July 24, 2019

Researchers have shot a “movie” of subtle molecular motions in unprecedented detail, shedding light on previously unseen chemical…
Quantum sensor breakthrough using naturally occurring vibrations in artificial atoms

July 11, 2019

When individual atoms emit light, they do so in discrete packets called photons. When this light is measured,…
A tool for identifying phases of matter

June 20, 2019

Even if you’re not a physicist, phases of matter … really matter. They’re the distinct physical forms taken…
Predicting Molecular Properties

May 31, 2019

Think you can use your data science smarts to make big predictions at a molecular level? This challenge…
Manipulating atoms one at a time with an electron beam

May 22, 2019

The ultimate degree of control for engineering would be the ability to create and manipulate materials at the…
Hydrogen Sticks to Graphene More Than Expected and Now We Know Why

April 26, 2019

For all its complexity, chemistry amounts to just two things: making and breaking bonds between atoms. Understanding how…
UCI scientists are first to observe and image all-important molecular vibrations

April 5, 2019

By focusing light down to the size of an atom, scientists at the University of California, Irvine have…
How hot are atoms in the shock wave of an exploding star?

January 22, 2019

A new method to measure the temperature of atoms during the explosive death of a star will help…
Study shows single atoms can make more efficient catalysts

January 11, 2019

Catalysts are chemical matchmakers: They bring other chemicals close together, increasing the chance that they’ll react with each…
The Coolest Experiment in the Universe

December 21, 2018

What’s the coldest place you can think of? Temperatures on a winter day in Antarctica dip as low…
Atoms stand in for electrons in system for probing high-temperature superconductors

December 10, 2018

High-temperature superconductors have the potential to transform everything from electricity transmission and power generation to transportation. The materials,…
Single Atoms Break Carbon’s Strongest Bond

October 8, 2018

Scientists discovered that single atoms of platinum can break the bond between carbon and fluorine, one of the…
Protons get zippier in neutron-rich nuclei

August 28, 2018

It’s a case of acting differently when outmanned — or rather out-neutroned. Protons appear to get extra pep in their…
Dressing atoms in an ultracold soup

March 1, 2018

Using lasers, U.S. and Austrian physicists have coaxed ultracold strontium atoms into complex structures unlike any previously seen…
Captured electrons excite nuclei to higher energy states

February 15, 2018

For the first time, physicists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory and their collaborators,…
Cryogenic microscopy reveals atomic shifts of a manganite

February 6, 2018

Recent work from the lab of Lena Kourkoutis, assistant professor of applied and engineering physics, describes a new approach to characterizing…
A new window into electron behavior

November 17, 2017

For the first time, physicists have developed a technique that can peer deep beneath the surface of a…
Where did those electrons go? Decades-old mystery solved

November 3, 2017

The concept of “valence” – the ability of a particular atom to combine with other atoms by exchanging…
Organic/inorganic sulfur may be key for safe rechargeable lithium batteries

October 12, 2017

We have come a long way from leaky sulfur-acid automobile batteries, but modern lithium batteries still have some…
Ultracold atoms point toward an intriguing magnetic behavior

October 5, 2017

The researchers found that applying a strong magnetic field to these ultracold atoms caused them to line up…
Researchers get first look at electrons escaping atoms

October 4, 2017

Researchers have—for just a fraction of a second—glimpsed an electron’s-eye view of the world. That is, they have…
Quantum particles in a synchronized dance

May 25, 2017

As if by magic, seemingly independent pendulum clocks can come together to tick simultaneously and in synchrony. The…
Taking flight with ultracold atoms

May 24, 2017

On a recent warm, sunny morning at Boulder’s municipal airport, CU Boulder physics professor and JILA Fellow Dana Anderson…
Researchers observe heat exchange in an exotic material

April 18, 2017

In an article published in the journal Nature, physicists report the first ever observation of heat conductance in…
Super sensitive devices work on recycling atoms

April 14, 2017

Next-generation sensors to be used in fields as diverse as mineral exploration and climate change will be turbo…
OLYMPUS experiment sheds light on structure of protons

March 7, 2017

A mystery concerning the structure of protons is a step closer to being solved, thanks to a seven-year…
World’s ‘smallest magnifying glass’ makes it possible to see individual chemical bonds between atoms

November 15, 2016

Using the strange properties of tiny particles of gold, researchers have concentrated light down smaller than a single…
Trickling electrons

November 9, 2016

What would happen if an electric current no longer flowed, but trickled instead? This was the question investigated…
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