Physics articles

Turning diamonds’ defects into long-term 3-D data storage

Turning diamonds’ defects into long-term 3-D data storage

By Siddharth Dhomkar, City College of New York and Jacob Henshaw, City College of New York. With the amount of data storage required for our daily lives growing and growing, and currently available technology being almost saturated, we’re in desparate need of a new method of data storage. The standard magnetic hard disk drive (HDD)

Physicists explore exotic states of matter inspired by Nobel-winning research

Nandini Trivedi, The Ohio State University The 2016 Nobel Prize in physics has been awarded to David Thouless, Duncan Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz, three theoretical physicists whose research used the unexpected mathematical lens of topology to investigate phases of matter and the transitions between them. Topology is a branch of mathematics that deals with understanding

Breakthrough Quantum Sensor can Image Skyrmions

Scientists have used a single atom to capture high-resolution images of nanoscale material. “This is the first tool of its kind,” says physicist Ania Jayich, associate director of the Materials Research Lab at UC Santa Barbara. “It operates from room temperature down to low temperatures where a lot of interesting physics happens. When thermal energy

‘Gorgeous’ Data from Enormous Neutrino Experiment [Video]

The NoVA Neutrino Experiment is the largest neutrino detector in the world at this time, and includes the largest plastic block structure ever built, known as the “Far Detector.” The 260 members of the NOvA Neutrino Experiment recently reported their initial findings in two papers. The team is trying get a clearer picture of the role

Explainer: what is antimatter?

By Roger Jones, Lancaster University. Antimatter was one of the most exciting physics discoveries of the 20th century. Picked up by fiction writers such as Dan Brown, many people think of it as an “out there” theoretical idea – unaware that it is actually being produced every day. What’s more, research on antimatter is actually

This is Likely the World’s Only 2D Superconductor

Scientists have determined that two-dimensional boron is a natural low-temperature superconductor. In fact, it may be the only 2D material with such potential. Theoretical physicist Boris Yakobson and colleagues at Rice University published their calculations that show atomically flat boron is metallic and will transmit electrons with no resistance. The work appears in journal Nano