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Ion qubits offer early glimpse of quantum error detection

Computers based on quantum physics promise to solve certain problems much faster than their conventional counterparts. By utilizing qubits—which can have more than just the two values of ordinary bits—quantum computers of the future could perform complex simulations and may solve difficult problems in chemistry, optimization and pattern-recognition.

Electronics and optics on one chip

Electronics and light don't go well together on a standard "CMOS' chip. Researcher Satadal Dutta of the University of Twente now succeeds in introducing a light connection into the heart of a semiconductor chip. In this way, two circuits can be isolated and still communicate. Or: the worlds of electronics and photonics are connected.

How ice in clouds is born

Something almost magical happens when you put a tray full of sloshing, liquid water into a freezer and it comes out later as a rigid, solid crystal of ice. Chemists at the University of Utah have pulled back the curtain a little more on the freezing process, particularly in clouds.

Scientists narrow down the search for dark photons using decade-old particle collider data

In its final years of operation, a particle collider in Northern California was refocused to search for signs of new particles that might help fill in some big blanks in our understanding of the universe.

Droplet friction found to be similar to that of solid objects

(—A team of researchers working at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research has found through experimentation that friction in sliding drops is similar in some ways to that of solid objects. In their paper published inShow More Summary

Nickel-78 confirmed to be doubly magic

(—Two teams of researchers working independently of one another and using wildly different approaches have confirmed nickel-78 to be doubly magic. In the first effort, an international team led by Louis Olivier with the National...Show More Summary

New architecture could prove essential for high-performance quantum photonic circuits

Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and their collaborators have taken a new step forward in the quest to build quantum photonic circuits—chip-based devices that rely on the quantum properties of light to process and communicate information rapidly and securely.

Researchers develop flexible, stretchable photonic devices

Researchers at MIT and several other institutions have developed a method for making photonic devices—similar to electronic devices but based on light rather than electricity—that can bend and stretch without damage. The devices could...Show More Summary

Theoretical physicists model complex quantum processes with cold atoms and ions

A group of researchers from Russia, Germany and Iran have developed computational methods toward a theory describing the behavior of cold atoms and ions in optical and electromagnetic traps. Such methods could allow modeling with completely controlled quantum systems of complex processes in solid-state physics and high-energy physics. Show More Summary

Neutrino detector could see radioactive potassium deep within the Earth

Proposed experiment would boost our understanding of what heats our planet's interior

Consciously quantum: How you make everything real

The idea that we create reality seems absurd. But an audacious new take on quantum theory suggests the fundamental laws of nature emerge from our own experiences

Synopsis: Magnetic Wand Directs Particles in Microfluidic Device

Researchers propose a scheme to position, focus, and sort magnetic particles in a microchannel with a magnetic field. [Physics] Published Wed Nov 08, 2017

Researchers discover a novel layered superconductor based on tin and arsenic

The layered superconducting material is characterized by a crystal structure in which a SnAs layer (wherein Sn and As are two-dimensionally bonded to develop superconductivity) and a Na layer (the spacer layer) are alternately laminated. Show More Summary

Wireless handheld spectrometer transmits data to smartphone

Spectral images, which contain more color information than is obtainable with a typical camera, reveal characteristics of tissue and other biological samples that can't be seen by the naked eye. A new smartphone-compatible device that...Show More Summary

Hard computing problem might be solvable only by quantum computers

(—Researchers have introduced a new computing problem and shown that it would be extremely difficult, if not impossible, for a classical computer to solve, but in theory it could be efficiently solved using quantum techniques. Show More Summary

New insights on 'captured' electrons could improve flash memory

An entirely new model of the way electrons are briefly trapped and released in tiny electronic devices suggests that a long-accepted, industry-wide view is just plain wrong about the way these captured electrons affect the behavior of hardware components such as flash memory cells.

Big Science Business Forum 2018

Conference/exhibition: 26 Feb 2018 - 28 Feb 2018, Copenhagen, Denmark. Organized by Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science.

Charles Thangaraj receives Accelerator Stewardship grant for wastewater treatment project

The money will further a novel conceptual technique for Chicago water treatment with high-power electron beams.

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