Simulation of a collision in the Large Hadron Collider, producing the Higgs boson. © 1997-2021 CERN (CC-BY-SA-4.0) Credit: University of Granada An international team of scientists proposes a new heavy particle with properties similar to those of the Higgs boson. Unlike the Higgs boson, discovered at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider in […]

ANIMATION Study by the University of Bonn determines minimum time for complex quantum operations. Even in the world of the smallest particles with their own special rules, things cannot proceed infinitely fast. Physicists at the University of Bonn have now shown what the speed limit is for complex quantum operations. […]

Credit: Greg Stewart/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory When upgrades to the X-ray laser at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory are complete, the powerful new machine will capture up to 1 terabyte of data per second; that’s a data rate equivalent to streaming about one thousand full-length movies in […]

Levitation of a magnet on top of a superconductor. Credit: Jubobroff, Fbouquet, LPS CC BY-SA 3.0 A new theory that could explain how unconventional superconductivity arises in a diverse set of compounds might never have happened if physicists Qimiao Si and Emilian Nica had chosen a different name for their […]

A quantum circuit. Credit: Aalto University Simulation of non-Hermitian quantum mechanics using a quantum computer goes beyond centuries-old conventions. Aalto researchers have used an IBM quantum computer to explore an overlooked area of physics, and have challenged 100-year-old cherished notions about information at the quantum level. The rules of quantum […]

Artist’s representation of the nanoscopic structure of a new ferroelectric material developed by MIT researchers and colleagues. Blue and gold dots represent the boron and nitride atoms in two atomically thin sheets of boron nitride. Between these sheets are two layers of graphene; the whitish/blue dots represent carbon atoms. The […]