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Group uses computer simulations to theorize characteristics of heaviest element oganesson

A team of researchers from the U.S., New Zealand and Norway has used computer simulations to predict several characteristics of the heaviest element, oganesson. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the group explains the factors that went into the simulation and discuss what it showed.

Tiny engine powered by demixing fluid

An international team of researchers has developed a tiny, liquid-based engine powered by a demixing fluid. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the group describes their little engine and possible uses for it.

Interference as a new method for cooling quantum devices

(Institute of Science and Technology Austria) Theoretical physicists propose to use negative interference to control heat flow in quantum devices. Study published in Physical Review Letters

A way to create liquid droplets inside of air bubbles

A team of researchers at Zhejiang University in China has developed a technique to create liquid droplets inside of air bubbles. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the group describes the technique and some possible commercial applications.

Electrons give resist layer electrical charge

Leiden physicists found a surprising interaction between electrons and a resist layer. The resist appears to charge and discharge due to incoming electrons. Publication in Physical Review Letters.

A Tractor Beam for Human Levitation?

Light as a feather, stiff as a board: It's a game you may have played growing up, anxiously repeating the phrase in the hopes that your friend would start levitating. Thanks to new research published Monday in Physical Review Letters...Show More Summary

Retrospective test for quantum computers can build trust

(Centre for Quantum Technologies at the National University of Singapore) Researchers in Singapore and Japan describe in Physical Review Letters two approaches that offer 'post-hoc verification' of quantum computations.

Engineering electron pathways in 2-D topological insulators

In a recent article published in Physical Review Letters a research collaborative has reported new insights into the electronic conduction and interference on 2-D topological insulators—an exotic kind of insulator that conducts only at the edge and that could be key for the development of a new generation of electronic devices.

Engineering electron pathways in 2-D-topological insulators

(Elhuyar Fundazioa) In a recent article published in Physical Review Letters researchers from CIC nanoGUNE, the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics of Oxford, together with colleagues from Wuerzburg and Stanford UniversityShow More Summary

Gravitational waves could shed light on the origin of black holes

A new study published in Physical Review Letters outlines how scientists could use gravitational wave experiments to test the existence of primordial black holes, gravity wells formed just moments after the Big Bang that some scientists have posited could be an explanation for dark matter.

Balloon shaped micro-robot able to move through highly viscous fluid

(Phys.org)—A team of researchers at Université Grenoble Alpes has developed a new way to propel an object through highly viscous fluids. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the group describes their idea and how well prototypes worked when tested.

Monopole current offers way to control magnets

In work published in Physical Review Letters, scientists from RIKEN in Japan have discovered interesting new magnetic properties of a type of materials known as "quantum spin ice." These materials demonstrate interesting properties as...Show More Summary

Quantum computing on the move

(Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainz) The work by Kaufmann and coworkers appeared in the high rank international journal Physical Review Letters 119, 150503 and marks a decisive milestone for bringing this idea for scaling up quantum computers into the realm of feasibility.

A bit of a 'quantum magic trick'

(Washington University in St. Louis) Is there a faster way to determine a frequency? It turns out there is, in a new discovery published this week in Physical Review Letters by a collaboration between a Washington University in St. Louis professor and graduate student along with a University of Rochester researcher.

New studies on disordered cathodes may provide much-needed jolt to lithium batteries

(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) In a pair of papers published this month in Nature Communications and Physical Review Letters (PRL), a team of scientists from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has come up with a set of rules for making new disordered materials, a process that had previously been driven by trial-and-error. Show More Summary

Wave nature of delocalized electrons in defective hydrocarbons at the origin of cosmic infrared emission

A new study in Physical Review Letters reveals that the series of infrared (IR) band peaks, collectively known as the cosmic unidentified IR emission, arises as a consequence of the wavelike behavior of delocalized electrons in hydrocarbon compounds. Show More Summary

New type of light interaction with atoms allows for manipulating cloud shape

A team of researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel has found a new way to manipulate atoms using light. In their paper published in Physical Review Letters, the team describes the new technique and possible uses for it.

Open-access collider data confirm subatomic particle patterns

(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) In a paper published today in Physical Review Letters, Jesse Thaler, an associate professor of physics at MIT, and his colleagues used the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) data to reveal, for the first time, a universal feature within jets of subatomic particles, which are produced when high-energy protons collide. Show More Summary

Experiment in a box suggests a few cold falling rain drops could lead to a rain shower

(Phys.org)—A team of researchers from Germany, France and the U.S. has found a possible explanation for the onset of sudden rainstorms. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the group describes experiments they conducted with stand-ins for water and atmospheric gases in a box in their lab and what they witnessed.

Molecules move faster near sticky surfaces

Molecules move faster as they get closer to adhesive surfaces, but this effect is not permanent. Such is the puzzling conclusion of a study published in Physical Review Letters, carried out by Simone Napolitano and his colleagues in the Laboratory of Polymers and Soft Matter Dynamics at the Université libre de Bruxelles.

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