Phoenix cluster is cooler than expected

With increasingly advanced data, Michael McDonald and colleagues study a galaxy cluster bursting with new stars.

Fernanda Ferreira | School of Science | Nov. 20, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

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Researchers generate terahertz laser with laughing gas

Device may enable “T-ray vision” and better wireless communication.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Nov. 14, 2019 | mit
~10 mins   

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Advancing nuclear detection and inspection

With new tech, assistant professor of nuclear science and engineering Areg Danagoulian probes deep inside cargo containers and ballistic warheads to ferret out fissile materials.

Leda Zimmerman | Nuclear science and engineering | Nov. 14, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

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Using light to generate order in an exotic material

Physics experiment with ultrafast laser pulses produces a previously unseen phase of matter.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Nov. 11, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

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Putting the “bang” in the Big Bang

Physicists simulate critical “reheating” period that kickstarted the Big Bang in the universe’s first fractions of a second.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Oct. 24, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

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Scientists discover fractal patterns in a quantum material

The X-ray-focusing lens used in the experiment is based on a design used in lighthouses for centuries.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Oct. 16, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

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Astronomers use giant galaxy cluster as X-ray magnifying lens

New lens technique spots tiny dwarf galaxy in the first, super-energetic stages of star formation.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Oct. 14, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

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Scientists observe a single quantum vibration under ordinary conditions

Studying a common material at room temperature, researchers bring quantum behavior “closer to our daily life.”

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Oct. 6, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

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This is how a “fuzzy” universe may have looked

Scientists simulate early galaxy formation in a universe of dark matter that is ultralight, or “fuzzy,” rather than cold or warm.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Oct. 3, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

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