Cracking the secrets of an emerging branch of physics

In a new realm of materials, PhD student Thanh Nguyen uses neutrons to hunt for exotic properties that could power real-world applications.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
Nov. 20, 2020 ~8 min

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Newly observed phenomenon could lead to new quantum devices

Exotic states called Kohn anomalies could offer clues to why some materials have the electronic properties they do.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
June 12, 2020 ~7 min

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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

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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

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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 • 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

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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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