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Finding the “magic angle” to create a new superconductor

October 4, 2019

Researchers at The Ohio State University, in collaboration with scientists around the world, have made a discovery that…
New class of metal materials is its strong suit

October 1, 2019

In a perfect world, engineers would like metals to be strong and electrically conducive without any defects. But…
Light work for superconductors

September 30, 2019

For the first time researchers successfully used laser pulses to excite an iron-based compound into a superconducting state.…
Finding the Magic in the Magic Angle

August 14, 2019

Just over a year after researchers at MIT stunned the physics world with the discovery of the “magic…
Physicists Make Graphene Discovery that Could Help Develop Superconductors

August 2, 2019

When two mesh screens are overlaid, beautiful patterns appear when one screen is offset. These “moiré patterns” have…
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…
Stanford physicists discover new quantum trick for graphene: magnetism

July 29, 2019

Sometimes the best discoveries happen when scientists least expect it. While trying to replicate another team’s finding, Stanford…
A Graphene Superconductor That Plays More Than One Tune

July 18, 2019

What’s thinner than a human hair but has a depth of special traits? A multitasking graphene device developed…
Characterizing the ‘arrow of time’ in open quantum systems

July 10, 2019

Even in the strange world of open quantum systems, the arrow of time points steadily forward — most…
New material shows high potential for quantum computing

July 4, 2019

A joint team of scientists at the University of California, Riverside, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is…
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…
National MagLab creates world-record magnetic field with small, compact coil

June 13, 2019

A novel magnet half the size of a cardboard toilet tissue roll usurped the title of “world’s strongest…
Artist’s rendering of a 2D material undergoing phase change using a transistor-scale platform developed in the lab of Stephen Wu, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and of physics. (University of Rochester illustration / Michael Osadciw)
Researchers ‘stretch’ the ability of 2D materials to change technology

June 12, 2019

Two-dimensional (2D) materials—as thin as a single layer of atoms—have intrigued scientists with their flexibility, elasticity, and unique…
Superconductor’s magnetic persona unmasked

May 21, 2019

In the pantheon of unconventional superconductors, iron selenide is a rock star. But new experiments by U.S., Chinese and…
Unlocking graphene’s superconducting powers with a twist and a squeeze

February 4, 2019

Graphene has been heralded as a wonder material. Not only is it the strongest, thinnest material ever discovered,…
Superconductors due for a tuneup

January 21, 2019

Some iron-based superconductors could benefit from a tuneup, according to two studies by Rice University physicists and collaborators.…
Supercomputing—Memory boost

January 10, 2019

Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Hypres, a digital superconductor company, have tested a novel cryogenic, or…
Physicists record “lifetime” of graphene qubits

January 2, 2019

Researchers from MIT and elsewhere have recorded, for the first time, the “temporal coherence” of a graphene qubit…
To explore what happens when electrical resistance develops in unconventional metals, researchers led by Princeton University physicists sent a density wave through a gas of ultracold atoms (top left). The researchers observed the dissipation of the density wave over time, which is analogous to what happens in metals when resistance slows the flow of electricity. They found that the atoms exhibited behaviors of so-called “bad” and “strange” metals, findings that may help researchers understand high-temperature superconductivity. The bottom row shows the same experiment using a finer ripple. Photo courtesy of the researchers
Studying how unconventional metals behave, with an eye toward high-temperature superconductors

December 17, 2018

The results may help explain how certain types of superconductors made from copper oxides are able to conduct…
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,…
First two-dimensional material that performs as both topological insulator and superconductor

November 2, 2018

A transistor based on the 2-D material tungsten ditelluride (WTe2) sandwiched between boron nitride can switch between two…
Superconducting Metamaterial Traps Quantum Light

September 29, 2018

Conventional computers store information in a bit, a fundamental unit of logic that can take a value of…
A superconductor story with a twist

August 16, 2018

There’s a literal disturbance in the force that alters what physicists have long thought of as a characteristic…
Update: ‘Strange metals’ just got stranger

August 7, 2018

Scientists at the Florida State University-headquartered National High Magnetic Field Laboratory have discovered a behavior in materials called…
‘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…
Theory for one type of superconductor solves puzzle in another

May 10, 2018

A 2017 theory proposed by Rice University physicists to explain the contradictory behavior of an iron-based high-temperature superconductor…
A surprising new superconductor

May 1, 2018

CIRES expert and NIST colleagues discover electroplated rhenium’s unexpected superconductive characteristics Last September, CIRES chemist and instrument designer…
Some superconductors can also carry currents of ‘spin’

April 17, 2018

Researchers have shown that certain superconductors – materials that carry electrical current with zero resistance at very low…
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…
Mirror, Mirror

April 7, 2018

The world on the other side of Alice in Wonderland’s looking-glass is not what it seems, but the…
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