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Condensed Matter Physics

Focus: Magnetic Fluctuations without a Magnet

Magnetic waves in a permanent magnet can survive even when the material is too hot for large-scale magnetism to exist. Read More »

Optoelectronics

Synopsis: Mimicking the Brain with Superconductors and LEDs

A proposed computer made of superconductors communicating via light could carry out more operations than a human brain while using less energy.   Read More »

Quantum Information

Synopsis: Traveling with a Quantum Salesman

Quantum computing could speed up certain algorithms for solving the famous traveling salesman problem. Read More »

Geophysics

Synopsis: How Ice Bridges Form

New theoretical work predicts the conditions under which sea ice will clog a narrow channel to create a natural bridge across it. Read More »

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Meetings: Seen and Heard at the 2017 APS March Meeting

In case you missed it, or weren’t able to attend all 700-plus sessions, here are some highlights from the world’s largest physics meeting. Read More »

Mechanics

Focus: Hard and Soft Bounces Explain Asteroid’s Surface Structure

Experiments and computer simulations show that the segregation of small and large rocks on an asteroid’s surface can arise from the way particles hitting the surface collide with the rocks already present. Read More »

Nonlinear Dynamics

Viewpoint: Searching for Order in Turbulent Flow

The observation of ordered flow patterns in a weakly turbulent liquid may lead to new ways of predicting the evolution of turbulent flow. Read More »

Semiconductor Physics

Synopsis: Straining After Quantum Dots

The positions of quantum dots inside a microstructure can be determined by monitoring how an applied strain affects the dots’ photoluminescence.   Read More »

Complex Systems

Synopsis: Straying from the Norm in Pedestrian Movements

Experiments tracking people as they walk down a corridor reveal universal behaviors that, if incorporated into models, could ensure safe flow in large crowds. Read More »

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