Credit: University of Nottingham Researchers have developed a new theory for observing a quantum vacuum that could lead to new insights into the behavior of black holes. The Unruh effect combines quantum physics and the theory of relativity. So far it has not been possible to measure or observe it, […]

Majorana constellations of some of the most quantum states in various dimensions. Credit: Luis L. Sánchez Soto Investigators develop a method to determine how quantum the state of a system is. Large objects, such as baseballs, vehicles, and planets, behave in accordance with the classical laws of mechanics formulated by […]

ANIMATION In a new realm of materials, PhD student Thanh Nguyen uses neutrons to hunt for exotic properties that could power real-world applications. Thanh Nguyen is in the habit of breaking down barriers. Take languages, for instance: Nguyen, a third-year doctoral candidate in nuclear science and engineering (NSE), wanted “to […]

Light moves through a fiber and stimulates the metal electrons in nanotip into collective oscillations called surface plasmons, assisting electrons to leave the tip. This simple electron nano-gun can be made more versatile via different forms of material composition and structuring. Credit: Ali Passian/ORNL, U.S. Dept. of Energy Scientists at […]

The Standard Model includes the matter particles (quarks and leptons), the force carrying particles (bosons), and the Higgs boson. Credit: Artwork courtesy of Sandbox Studio, Chicago for Symmetry The Standard Model of Particle Physics is scientists’ current best theory to describe the most basic building blocks of the universe. It […]

Micrograph of the quantum tunneling sensor chipset and the matched Fowler-Nordheim tunneling barriers. Credit: Chakrabartty Lab, McKelvey School of Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis Shantanu Chakrabartty’s laboratory has been working to create sensors that can run on the least amount of energy. His lab has been so successful at […]