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Chains of atoms move at lightning speed inside metals
A phenomenon that has previously been seen when researchers simulate the properties of planet cores at extreme pressures has now also been observed in pure titanium at atmospheric pressure. (2019-10-15)
Solving the mystery of quantum light in thin layers
Tungsten diselenide emits light with very special properties. Nobody could tell why -- but now, scientists at TU Wien (Vienna) have solved the riddle: a combination of atomic defects in the material and microscopic distortion is responsible for the remarkable effect. (2019-10-15)
UCI scientists reveal mechanism of electron charge exchange in molecules
Through a new scanning transmission electron microscopy method, researchers at the University of California, Irvine are able to observe electron distribution between atoms and molecules and uncover clues to the origins of ferroelectricity, the capacity of certain crystals to possess spontaneous electric polarization that can be switched by the application of an electric field. (2019-10-14)
Graphene substrate improves the conductivity of carbon nanotube network
Scientists at Aalto University, Finland, and the University of Vienna, Austria, have combined graphene and single-walled carbon nanotubes into a transparent hybrid material with conductivity higher than either component exhibits separately. (2019-10-09)
Atomic-level imaging could offer roadmap to metals with new properties
A team of researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology has developed a new process that could help gain new insights into high-entropy alloys and help characterize their properties. (2019-10-09)
A close up on the real world --- atomic migration under ambient conditions
Osaka University researchers have reported an environmental transmission electron microscopy technique that has allowed in situ visualization of the atomic changes of a metal surface in an electric field under ambient conditions. (2019-10-08)
Creating a single phonon in ambient conditions
EPFL physicists have for the first time successfully observed a single quantum of vibrational energy at ambient conditions, involving the oscillation of more than 100 billion atoms. (2019-10-08)
Molecular nanocarbons with mechanical bonds
Scientists at Nagoya University have succeeded in synthesizing molecular nanocarbons with knots and catenanes by using a novel method in which silicon atoms are used. (2019-10-07)
2D topological physics from shaking a 1D wire
Published in Physical Review X, this new study propose a realistic scheme to observe a 'cold-atomic quantum Hall effect.' (2019-10-03)
Why some greens turn brown in historical paintings 
Enticed by the brilliant green hues of copper acetate and copper resinate, some painters in the Renaissance period incorporated these pigments into their masterpieces. (2019-10-02)
Hard as ceramic, tough as steel: Newly discovered connection could help design of nextgen alloys
A new way to calculate the interaction between a metal and its alloying material could speed the hunt for a new material that combines the hardness of ceramic with the resilience of metal. (2019-10-02)
Inventing the world's strongest silver
A team of scientists has made the strongest silver ever--42 percent stronger than the previous world record. (2019-10-02)
Researchers synthesize 'impossible' superconductor
Researchers from the US, Russia, and China have bent the rules of classical chemistry and synthesized a 'forbidden' compound of cerium and hydrogen -- CeH9 -- which exhibits superconductivity at a relatively low pressure of 1 million atmospheres. (2019-10-01)
Intriguing discovery provides new insights into photoelectric effect
The discovery that free electrons can move asymmetrically provides a deeper understanding of one of the basic processes in physics: the photoelectric effect. (2019-10-01)
Borophene on silver grows freely into an atomic 'skin'
Borophene has a nearly perfect partner in a form of silver that could help the trendy two-dimensional material grow to unheard-of lengths. (2019-09-30)
Shocking heat waves stabilize single atoms
Single atom catalysts are highly desirable, but difficult to stabilize. (2019-09-26)
Researchers can now place single ions into solids
New technique enables implantation of individual ions into crystals with an accuracy of 35 nanometers. (2019-09-24)
Missing electrons reveal the true face of a new copper-based catalyst
A collaboration between researchers from Cornell, Harvard, Stanford and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory has resulted in a reactive copper-nitrene catalyst that pries apart carbon-hydrogen (C-H) bonds and transforms them into carbon-nitrogen (C-N) bonds, which are a crucial building block for chemical synthesis, especially in pharmaceutical manufacturing. (2019-09-24)
Graphene is 3D as well as 2D
Graphene is actually a 3D material as well as a 2D material, according to a new study from Queen Mary University of London. (2019-09-23)
How molecular footballs burst in an x-ray laser beam
An international research team has observed in real time how football molecules made of carbon atoms burst in the beam of an X-ray laser. (2019-09-23)
Cracking the ethylene code
Separating pure ethylene from ethane is a difficult and costly process, but one that new research from the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering is poised to streamline. (2019-09-23)
Clarification of a new synthesis mechanism of semiconductor atomic sheet
Researchers at Tohoku University in Japan succeeded in clarifying a new synthesis mechanism regarding transition metal dichalcogenides (TMD), which are semiconductor atomic sheets having thickness in atomic order. (2019-09-20)
Quantum physics -- Simulating fundamental interactions with ultracold atoms
An international team of physicists succeeded in precisely engineering key ingredients to simulate a specific lattice gauge theory using ultracold atoms in optical lattices. (2019-09-18)
Platinum-graphene fuel cell catalysts show superior stability over bulk platinum
Films of platinum only two atoms thick supported by graphene could enable fuel cell catalysts with unprecedented catalytic activity and longevity, according to a study published recently by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology. (2019-09-18)
Scientists create fully electronic 2-dimensional spin transistors
Physicists from the University of Groningen constructed a two-dimensional spin transistor, in which spin currents were generated by an electric current through graphene. (2019-09-17)
JILA's novel atomic clock design offers 'tweezer' control
JILA physicists have demonstrated a novel atomic clock design that combines near-continuous operation with strong signals and high stability, features not previously found together in a single type of next-generation atomic clock. (2019-09-12)
Conductivity at the edges of graphene bilayers
For nanoribbons of bilayer graphene, whose edge atoms are arranged in zigzag patterns, the bands of electron energies which are allowed and forbidden are significantly different to those found in monolayer graphene. (2019-09-11)
Little heaps of silver, all wrapped up
Nanoclusters are little 'heaps' of a few atoms that often have interesting optical properties and could become useful probes for imaging processes in areas such as biomedicine and diagnostics. (2019-09-11)
Discovery of periodic tables for molecules
Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) develop tables similar to the periodic table of elements but for molecules. (2019-09-09)
NIST team shows atoms can receive common communications signals
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a new type of sensor that uses atoms to receive commonly used communications signals. (2019-09-05)
A novel recipe for efficiently removing intrinsic defects from hard crystals
A team of researchers from Osaka University, the Institute for High Pressure Physics and the Institute for Nuclear Research of Russian Academy of Sciences (Russia), and TU Dresden (Germany), discovered an effective method for removing lattice defects from crystals. (2019-09-04)
Single atoms as catalysts
Only the outermost layer of a catalyst can play a role in chemical reactions. (2019-09-02)
First report of superconductivity in a nickel oxide material
Scientists at SLAC and Stanford have made the first nickel oxide material that shows clear signs of superconductivity - the ability to transmit electrical current with no loss. (2019-08-28)
Can't get thinner than this: synthesis of atomically flat boron sheets
Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) find a simple method for producing atomically thin layers of oxidized borophene, a promising 2D boron-based nanomaterial that could serve in a variety of fields. (2019-08-23)
Slow electrons to combat cancer
Slow electons can be used to destroy cancer cells - but how exactly this happens has not been well understood. (2019-08-22)
Stardust in the Antarctic snow
The rare isotope iron-60 is created in massive stellar explosions. (2019-08-20)
Towards an 'orrery' for quantum gauge theory
Physicists at ETH Zurich have developed a new approach to couple quantized gauge fields to ultracold matter. (2019-08-19)
Lab-based dark energy experiment narrows search options for elusive force
An experiment to test a popular theory of dark energy has found no evidence of new forces, placing strong constraints on related theories. (2019-08-19)
HKUST-PKU unveiled first quantum simulation of 3D topological matter with ultracold atoms
Physicists from HKUST and PKU have successfully created the world's first 3D simulation of topological matter consisting of ultracold atoms. (2019-08-19)
Stanford builds a heat shield just 10 atoms thick to protect electronic devices
Atomically thin materials developed by Stanford researchers could create heat-shields for cell phones or laptops that would protect people and temperature-sensitive components and make future electronic gadgets even more compact. (2019-08-16)
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