Physics


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The results from one of the most hotly-anticipated experiments in particle physics are in, and they could be about to fulfill every researcher’s wildest dreams: They maybe, perhaps, could break physics as we know it.   Evidence taken from the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory near Chicago appears to point to a minuscule subatomic particle known as the muon wobbling
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Russian scientists on Saturday launched one of the world’s biggest underwater space telescopes to peer deep into the Universe from the pristine waters of Lake Baikal. The deep underwater telescope, which has been under construction since 2015, is designed to observe neutrinos, the smallest particles currently known.   Dubbed Baikal-GVD, the telescope was submerged to
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Like the Universe’s tiniest matryoshka dolls, atoms are typically modelled as particles within particles – a nuclei built of protons and neutrons, which in turn contain trios of fundamental particles called quarks.   As convenient as this simple metaphor might be, the quantum engine operating within these subatomic particles is an incomprehensible ledger of quantum
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Causality is one of those difficult scientific topics that can easily stray into the realm of philosophy.  Science’s relationship with the concept started out simply enough: an event causes another event later in time.  That had been the standard understanding of the scientific community up until quantum mechanics was introduced.    Then, with the introduction of the
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From childhood, we are taught that the world exists in three physical dimensions. That’s true, for the most part, but it skips over something quite fascinating: the strange two-dimensional world of nanoscale materials, like the ‘wonder material’ graphene.   Graphene and its engineered, single-layer counterparts do in fact exist in three dimensions, albeit just barely
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A new technique involving entangled photons has just led to a world first. Physicists have overcome a significant limitation of traditional holography by using quantum mechanics to successfully encode information within a hologram.   This could result in a significant upgrade to holography, from entertainment purposes to more serious applications such as medical imaging. “Classical
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Polarons are important nanoscale phenomena: a transient configuration between electrons and atoms (known as quasiparticles) that exist for only trillionths of a second. These configurations have unique characteristics that can help us understand some of the mysterious behaviours of the materials they form within – and scientists have just observed them for the first time.  
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Metals and insulators are the yin and yang of physics, their respective material properties strictly dictated by their electrons’ mobility – metals should conduct electrons freely, while insulators keep them in place.    So when physicists from Princeton University in the US found a quantum quirk of metals bouncing around inside an insulating compound, they
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Scientists are edging closer to making a super-secure, super-fast quantum internet possible: they’ve now been able to ‘teleport’ high-fidelity quantum information over a total distance of 44 kilometres (27 miles).   Both data fidelity and transfer distance are crucial when it comes to building a real, working quantum internet, and making progress in either of