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Illustration of the anomalous spin-orbit torque, or ASOT. Image credit: Jose Vazquez, ITG, Beckman Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
A torque on conventional magnetic wisdom

August 14, 2019

Physicists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign announced they have observed a magnetic phenomenon called the “anomalous spin-orbit torque,”…
Experiments explore the mysteries of ‘magic’ angle superconductors

August 2, 2019

In spring 2018, the surprising discovery of superconductivity in a new material set the scientific community abuzz. Built…
Electron (or ‘Hole’) Pairs May Survive Effort to Kill Superconductivity

June 17, 2019

Emergence of unusual metallic state supports role of “charge stripes” in formation of charge-carrier pairs essential to resistance-free…
Physics at the Edge of Topological Insulators

June 13, 2019

In 2005, condensed matter physicists Charles Kane and Eugene Mele considered the fate of graphene at low temperatures.…
Discrete energy levels without confinement – a new quantum trick

May 6, 2019

Nanostructures can be designed such a way that the quantum confinement allows only certain electron energy levels. Researchers…
The spin doctors: Researchers discover surprising quantum effect in hard disk drive material

April 26, 2019

Scientists find surprising way to affect information storage properties in metal alloy. Sometimes scientific discoveries can be found…
New tool lets researchers see what’s never been seen before

February 4, 2019

Researchers in Ben McMorran’s University of Oregon physics lab had a great 2018, publishing four papers about their efforts to bring…
Novel electron microscopy offers nanoscale, damage-free tracking of isotopes in amino acids

February 2, 2019

A new electron microscopy technique that detects the subtle changes in the weight of proteins at the nanoscale—while…
Startup Time for Ion Collisions Exploring the Phases of Nuclear Matter

January 8, 2019

19th year of operations at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider will continue search for critical point in transition…
In this artist's representation, an electron orbits an atom's nucleus, spinning about its axis as a cloud of other subatomic particles are constantly emitted and reabsorbed. Some theories in particle physics predict particles, as yet undetected, that would cause the cloud to appear very slightly pear-shaped when seen from a distance. With the support of the National Science Foundation, ACME researchers created an experimental setup look at that shape with extreme precision. To the limits of their experiment, they saw a perfectly round sphere, implying that certain types of new particles, if they exist at all, have properties different from those theorists expected. Image credit: Nicolle R. Fuller, NSF
Extremely close look at electron advances frontiers in particle physics

October 22, 2018

An unprecedented, close examination of the electron has opened a window into the mind-bending nature of particles, energy…
Relativity in Atoms Revealed by “Quantum Boiling”

October 10, 2018

X-ray experiments show impact on atomic structure. In a way of “quantum boiling” with intense X-ray flashes, scientists…
Optical Rocket Boosts Electrons to Nearly the Speed of Light

September 27, 2018

A team of researchers from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln recently conducted an experiment where they were able to…
‘Optical rocket’ created with intense laser light

September 18, 2018

Physics professor Donald Umstadter, who led the research, said the new application might aptly be called an “optical…
Harnessing single electrons to accelerate chemical reactions

September 14, 2018

A Florida State University chemistry professor has described an unusual phenomenon in which the energy of an electron…
Ultracold atoms used to verify 1963 prediction about 1D electrons

September 5, 2018

Rice University atomic physicists have verified a key prediction from a 55-year-old theory about one-dimensional electronics that is…
Electrons ride plasma wave

September 3, 2018

There is a good chance that soon a new door will open to physicists, offering them new insights…
A valley so low: Electrons congregate in ways that could be useful to ‘valleytronics’

August 31, 2018

A Princeton University-led study has revealed an emergent electronic behavior on the surface of bismuth crystals that could lead…
Tying electrons down with nanoribbons

August 13, 2018

Scientists are experimenting with narrow strips of graphene, called nanoribbons, in hopes of making cool new electronic devices,…
‘Strange metal’ superconductors just got stranger

August 7, 2018

High-temperature superconductors have remained a scientific mystery for more than 30 years. Their electrical resistance, which increases linearly…
Nanocrystals Emit Light by Efficiently ‘Tunneling’ Electrons

July 24, 2018

Using advanced fabrication techniques, engineers at the University of California San Diego have built a nanosized device out…
Study reveals electron accelerator in thundercloud was destroyed by lightning

July 16, 2018

An international research group including University of Tokyo researchers revealed that the electron-acceleration mechanism inside a thundercloud was…
Collaboration yields discovery of 12-sided silica cages

June 28, 2018

What do you call a materials science discovery that was given a major boost by a lecture from…
Thermal spin currents confirmed in both space and time

June 7, 2018

Electrons possess their own angular momentum. They turn on their own axis. In physics, the technical term for…
A first for quantum physics: electron orbitals manipulated in diamonds

April 20, 2018

While defects in a diamond are mostly undesirable, certain defects are a quantum physicist’s best friend, having the…
Sending electrons on a roller-coaster ride

April 13, 2018

A first-of-its-kind X-ray instrument for frontier research with high-brightness X-rays is now in operation at the U.S. Department…
Putting quantum scientists in the driver’s seat

April 1, 2018

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are conducting fundamental physics research that will lead…
Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider Begins 18th Year of Experiments

March 21, 2018

First smashups with ‘isobar’ ions and low-energy gold-gold collisions will test earlier hints of exciting discoveries as accelerator…
Physicists discover new quantum electronic material

March 20, 2018

A motif of Japanese basketweaving known as the kagome pattern has preoccupied physicists for decades. Kagome baskets are…
Researchers demonstrate existence of new form of electronic matter

March 15, 2018

Researchers have produced a “human scale” demonstration of a new phase of matter called quadrupole topological insulators that…
Researchers develop spectroscopic thermometer for nanomaterials

March 14, 2018

A scientific team led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has found a new way…
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