Classic idea clarifies weird quantum action in ultracold gas

An odd new experiment may offer a path towards a connection between classical and quantum physics. It's a goal scientists have chased for decades.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
Sept. 17, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: physics temperature atoms quantum-physics science-and-technology gases

What is the slowest thing on Earth?

Physicists can use bright, hot lasers to slow atoms down so much that they measure -459 degrees Fahrenheit.

Katie McCormick, Postdoctoral Scholar of Physics, University of Washington • conversation
June 22, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: physics quantum-mechanics laser light photons molecules curious-kids curious-kids-us temperature cold atoms absolute-zero warmblood sloths

A new type of chemical bond: The charge-shift bond

The laws and principles of chemistry seem pretty set in stone. But as a chemist explains, the field is always evolving, including such fundamental principles as what is a chemical bond.

John Morrison Galbraith, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Marist College • conversation
May 14, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: chemistry atoms electrons periodic-table

Will we ever be able to shrink and grow stuff?

The movies make it seem like someday we'll be able to make people and objects grow really big or shrink really small. Whether this will be possible comes down to the smallest of things.

Salvatore Rappoccio, Associate Professor of Physics, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York • conversation
May 4, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: physics curious-kids curious-kids-us matter atoms crystal mummies avengers-endgame

Protons are smaller than we thought (and that’s a big deal)

New research indicates protons aren't as big as scientists thought. They're 4% smaller than the best previous measurement, and that has major implications.

Karl Bates-Duke • futurity
Nov. 11, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: physics atoms protons featured science-and-technology

‘Mini quantum collider’ may lead to better spintronics

A new testing ground for quantum systems could offer insights into spintronics, which could revolutionize computing.

Kayla Zacharias-Purdue • futurity
Feb. 4, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: spintronics lasers atoms electrons quantum-physics science-and-technology

Physicists measure ‘weak force’ inside atoms for first time

The new observation "deepens our understanding of one of the four fundamental forces of nature."

Kevin Fryling-Indiana • futurity
Jan. 15, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: physics atoms neutrons protons science-and-technology

A faster way to make Bose-Einstein condensates | MIT News

Method of laser cooling may speed up investigations into magnetism and superconductivity.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 23, 2017 ~8 min

Tags:  physics  research  atoms  school-of-science  research-laboratory-of-electronics  national-science-foundation-nsf

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