How growth of the scientific enterprise influenced a century of quantum physics

In a new book, Professor David Kaiser describes dramatic shifts in the history of an evolving discipline.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
April 29, 2020 ~9 min

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MIT researchers realize “ideal” kagome metal electronic structure

Newly synthesized compound of iron and tin atoms in 1-to-1 ratio displays unique behavior.

Materials Research Laboratory • mit
Dec. 12, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: physics electronics spintronics quantum-mechanics research metals school-of-science materials-research-laboratory magnetism

Chemists observe “spooky” quantum tunneling

Extremely large electric fields can prevent umbrella-shaped ammonia molecules from inverting.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 4, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: chemistry quantum-mechanics research school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf

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 • mit
Oct. 16, 2019 ~8 min

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Quantum dots can spit out clone-like photons

System that generates coherent single particles of light could help pave the way for quantum information processors or communications.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 21, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: chemistry quantum-dots quantum-mechanics research school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf materials-science-and-engineering department-of-energy-doe

A new window into electron behavior | MIT News

Scientists invent technique to map energy and momentum of electrons beneath a material’s surface.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 16, 2017 ~9 min

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Experiments confirm theory of “superballistic” electron flow | MIT News

Behaving like particles in a viscous fluid can help bunches of electrons squeeze through a tight space.

Helen Knight | MIT News correspondent • mit
Aug. 23, 2017 ~6 min

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Mapping the effects of crystal defects | MIT News

Study sheds light on interactions that change the way heat and electricity move through microchips.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
March 14, 2017 ~5 min

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Electrons go superballistic | MIT News

Newly discovered phenomenon accelerates electrons as they enter a viscous state.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
March 6, 2017 ~6 min

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Stars align in test supporting “spooky action at a distance” | MIT News

Physicists address loophole in tests of Bell’s inequality, using 600-year-old starlight.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 6, 2017 ~10 min

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