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 […]

Probing the reality of observations made by an artificial quantum intelligence. Credit: Artwork by Anthony Dunnigan. Quantum physicists at Griffith University have unveiled a new paradox that says, when it comes to certain long-held beliefs about nature, “something’s gotta give.” Quantum theory is practically perfect at predicting the behavior we […]

Planetary nebula NGC 2440’s central star, HD62166, is possibly the hottest known white dwarf star discovered yet. White dwarfs exhibit puzzling quantum phenomena: As they gain mass, they shrink in size. Credit: NASA/JPL/STScI/AURA A team led by students probes the mass-radius relation of white dwarf stars, observing in their data evidence of […]

An artistic impression sharing a secret using structured light. Credit: Wits University Wits Researchers have demonstrated a new quantum approach for sharing a secret amongst many parties, setting a new record for the highest dimensions and parties to date. Researchers at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, […]

The arrows represent the electron spins pointing up from a kagome lattice. The chirality is represented by the counterclockwise circle of fire, which represents the propagating electrons/current on the edge of the magnet. The two cones demonstrate that the bulk of the magnet contains Dirac fermions (linear or conical dispersion […]

Animation Clouds of supercooled atoms offer highly sensitive rotation sensors and tests of quantum mechanics. A new device that relies on flowing clouds of ultracold atoms promises potential tests of the intersection between the weirdness of the quantum world and the familiarity of the macroscopic world we experience every day. […]

The SpooQy-1 CubeSat contains a miniaturized quantum instrument that creates pairs of photons with the quantum property of entanglement. The entanglement is detected in correlations of the photons’ polarizations. Credit: Centre for Quantum Technologies, National University of Singapore and NASA Advance poised to enable cost-effective space-based global quantum network for […]

A loop of laser light connects the oscillations of a nanomechanical membrane and the spin of a cloud of atoms. Credit: University of Basel, Department of Physics Quantum technology is currently one of the most active fields of research worldwide. It takes advantage of the special properties of quantum mechanical […]

The French theoretical physicist Franck Laloë presents a modification of Schrödinger’s famous equation that ensures that all measured states are unique, helping to solve the problem that is neatly encompassed in the Schördinger’s cat paradox. The paradox of Schrödinger’s cat – the feline that is, famously, both alive and dead […]

How Supercomputers Helped Link Quantum Entanglement to Cold Coffee Theoretical physicists from Trinity have found a deep link between one of the most striking features of quantum mechanics – quantum entanglement – and thermalization, which is the process in which something comes into thermal equilibrium with its surroundings. Their results were […]