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Viewpoint: Chasing the Exciton Condensate

Unusual interactions between charges have been observed in two closely separated graphene bilayers, a promising system in which to create a condensate of electron-hole pairs. Read More »


Focus: Detecting Photons With a Thermometer

A new technique detects as few as 200 microwave photons at a time by the heat they supply to an electrical circuit. Read More »

Quantum Information

Synopsis: Making Hard Problems for Quantum Computers

Researchers have developed a computer algorithm that doesn’t solve problems but instead creates them for the purpose of evaluating quantum computers. Read More »

Statistical Physics

Synopsis: In, Yet Out of Equilibrium

An analysis of a popular model for active matter, like bacteria and buffalo herds, defines the conditions under which such systems can be described with the tools of equilibrium statistics. Read More »


Meetings: Highlights from CLEO 2016

High-tech silk, attosecond science, and tools for imaging arteries were among the topics discussed at the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics in San Jose, California. Read More »


Synopsis: How Spin Waves Bend

Researchers have verified experimentally that the reflection and refraction of spin waves at an interface follow a Snell’s-like law. Read More »

Quantum Physics

Viewpoint: Squeezed Light Reengineers Resonance Fluorescence

By bathing a superconducting qubit in squeezed light, researchers have been able to confirm a decades-old prediction for the resulting phase-dependent spectrum of resonance fluorescence. Read More »

Condensed Matter Physics

Focus: Tiny Digital Bits in Ferroelectric Material

Electrons hitting a ferroelectric material can produce a single digital bit 100 times smaller than the bits in today’s commercial memories. Read More »

Fluid Dynamics

Synopsis: Forming Granular Plugs

Experiments on grain-water-air mixtures flowing through a tube find that frictional forces between the grains and the tube lead to the creation of a series of plugs. Read More »

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