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 […]

In a study published in Physical Review Letters, the team led by academician GUO Guangcan from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) made progress in high dimensional quantum teleportation. The researchers demonstrated the teleportation of high-dimensional states in a three-dimensional six-photon system. […]

The first-ever shot with explosives was recently conducted at the National Ignition Facility. Credit: LLNL The first-ever shot to study a high explosive sample was recently conducted at the National Ignition Facility (NIF), the world’s most energetic laser. The results from the shot included novel data that will help researchers unlock the […]

As muons race around a ring at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, their spin axes twirl, reflecting the influence of unseen particles. FERMI NATIONAL ACCELERATOR LABORATORY In 1986, the TV journalist Dan Rather was attacked in New York City. A deranged assailant pummeled him while cryptically demanding, “Kenneth, what’s the […]

Credit: Daria Sokol/MIPT Press Office Dotty graphene and doping: Whatever it takes for Russia’s record plasmonics to shine. Physicists from MIPT and Vladimir State University, Russia, have achieved a nearly 90% efficiency converting light energy into surface waves on graphene. They relied on a laser-like energy conversion scheme and collective resonances. The […]

Schematic of light-induced formation of Weyl points in a Dirac material of ZrTe5. Jigang Wang and collaborators report how coherently twisted lattice motion by laser pulses, i.e., a phononic switch, can control the crystal inversion symmetry and photogenerate giant low dissipation current with an exceptional ballistic transport protected by induced […]