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Water is not simply water

May 29, 2018

Experiment proves different chemical reactivity of para- and ortho-water. Water molecules exist in two different forms with almost…
Surprising Result Shocks Scientists Studying Spin

January 9, 2018

Findings on how differently sized nuclei respond to spin offer new insight into mechanisms affecting particle production in…
Exciting population of nuclear spins: Decade of work pays off

September 7, 2017

Since he was a graduate student, Washington University in St. Louis systems engineer Jr-Shin Li has provided specific…
Whirling particles are fastest ever detected

August 3, 2017

The spin of the strongest tornado is a pale shadow of the vortex seen at the heart of…
Quantum probes dramatically improve detection of nuclear spins

July 4, 2017

Researchers at the University of Melbourne have demonstrated a way to detect nuclear spins in molecules non-invasively, providing…
Researchers flip the script on magnetocapacitance

June 2, 2017

Capacitors, electronic components that store and quickly release a charge, play an important role in many types of…
How did the Proton Get Its Spin?

April 2, 2017

Calculating a proton’s spin used to be an easy college assignment. In fact, Carl Gagliardi remembers answering that…
New spin state discovered near absolute zero

June 19, 2016

Researchers at the University of Tokyo have discovered two stable states in a tetrahedral spin material, a result…
Researchers See ‘Spin Current’ in Motion for the First Time

September 4, 2015

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have for the first time seen a spin…
Smashing Polarized Protons to Uncover Spin and Other Secrets

February 12, 2015

If you want to unravel the secrets of proton spin, put a “twist” in your colliding proton beams.…
Spin designers: manipulating nanomagnets to create faster, more energy-efficient computers

January 8, 2015

Computers are basically machines that process information in the form of electronic zeros and ones. But two MIT…
Novel spin gas-liquid transition in quantum magnets

November 13, 2014

Materials change their form between three states — solid, liquid, and gas — depending on factors such as…
Physicists Narrow Search for Solution to Proton Spin Puzzle

November 6, 2014

Results from experiments at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), a particle collider located at the U.S. Department…
First observation of phase shift of an electron wave function scattered off a Kondo state

October 20, 2014

The Kondo effect first proposed theoretically by Jun Kondo in 1964 is one of the best known many-body…
Researchers part water: ‘Electric prism’ separates water’s nuclear spin states

September 9, 2014

Using an “electric prism”, scientists have found a new way of separating water molecules that differ only in…
JILA Team Finds First Direct Evidence of ‘Spin Symmetry’ In Atoms

August 22, 2014

Just as diamonds with perfect symmetry may be unusually brilliant jewels, the quantum world has a symmetrical splendor…
Finding a piece of the proton-spin puzzle

August 14, 2014

What causes a proton to spin? This fundamental question has been a longstanding mystery in particle physics, although…
Electron spin changes as a general mechanism for general anesthesia?

August 12, 2014

Effect of the anesthetic noble gas Xenon on the electronic structure of two short peptides. Top: the highest…
The Quantum Cheshire Cat: Can neutrons be located at a different place than their own spin?

August 4, 2014

Can neutrons be located at a different place than their own spin? A quantum experiment, carried out by…
Exploring the magnetism of a single atom

May 12, 2014

Cobalt atoms (blue) interacting with the MgO surface, microscope tip (gold) and X-rays © 2014 EPFL An EPFL-led…
A Glassy Look for Manganites: Researchers Observe Glass-like Behavior in the Electron-Spins of PCMO Crystals

April 29, 2014

Manganites – compounds of manganese oxides – show great promise as “go-to” materials for future electronic devices because…
Could diamonds be a computer’s best friend?

March 25, 2014

For the first time, physicists have demonstrated that information can flow through a diamond wire. In the experiment,…
Researchers detect elusive quantum property known as ‘Berry’s phase’ in a semiconductor

March 24, 2014

The experimental detection of an important quantum phenomenon in a semiconductor could lead to improved control of electron…
Helical electron and nuclear spin order in quantum wires

February 12, 2014

Physicists at the University of Basel have observed a spontaneous magnetic order of electron and nuclear spins in…
Scientists predict coreless vortex in ultracold atoms

December 10, 2013

Swirling, persistent vortices can be created in superfluid helium. Generally no atoms sit at the eye of these…
Manipulating electron spin mechanically

December 5, 2013

Contrary to many textbook illustrations, electrons aren’t just balls floating around an atom. In quantum theory, they’re more…
Towards power-saving spintronics memory devices: Controlling size and helicity of a spin-vortex skyrmion

October 2, 2013

Current magnetic memory devices such as the stripes on credit cards and computer hard disks store information using…
The ferromagnetic Kondo effect

July 24, 2013

A group of physicists that includes scientists of the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) of Trieste have…
Russia to Build a Heavy Ion Accelerator in Dubna

July 23, 2013

Russian town Dubna will become a site for construction of new heavy ion collider. According to government plans the…
Researchers at CERN take most precise measure of magnetic moment of antiproton

April 9, 2013

A research team made up of physicists from the US, Canada and Germany has succeeded in making the…
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