Ultracold atoms reveal a new type of quantum magnetic behavior

The findings may help researchers design “spintronic” devices and novel magnetic materials.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 16, 2020 ~8 min

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New type of atomic clock keeps time even more precisely

The design, which uses entangled atoms, could help scientists detect dark matter and study gravity’s effect on time.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 16, 2020 ~7 min

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An LED that can be integrated directly into computer chips

The advance could cut production costs and reduce the size of microelectronics for sensing and communication.

Daniel Ackerman | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 14, 2020 ~7 min

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Physicists capture the sound of a “perfect” fluid

The results should help scientists study the viscosity in neutron stars, the plasma of the early universe, and other strongly interacting fluids.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 3, 2020 ~8 min

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Lighting up the ion trap

Fiber optics built into a chip can deliver all the laser light needed to control ions for quantum computing and sensing.

Kylie Foy | MIT Lincoln Laboratory • mit
Nov. 4, 2020 ~8 min

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Scaling up the quantum chip

MIT engineers develop a hybrid process that connects photonics with “artificial atoms,” to produce the largest quantum chip of its type.

Becky Ham | MIT News correspondent • mit
July 8, 2020 ~7 min

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A new facet for germanium

MIT researchers grow perfectly shaped germanium tunnels on silicon oxide with controllable length.

Denis Paiste | Materials Research Laboratory • mit
Jan. 31, 2020 ~10 min

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Researchers discover a new way to control infrared light

The new method could impact devices used in imaging, machine learning, and more.

Anne McGovern | Lincoln Laboratory • mit
Jan. 30, 2020 ~7 min

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A trapped-ion pair may help scale up quantum computers

Qubits made from strontium and calcium ions can be precisely controlled by technology that already exists.

Kylie Foy | Lincoln Laboratory • mit
Jan. 28, 2020 ~8 min

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