Don Monroe

Don Monroe is a freelance science writer in Murray Hill, New Jersey.

Don Monroe Published December 9, 2011


Researchers spatially vary the strength of superconductivity on a nanometer scale using a ferroelectric material on top.

Don Monroe Published January 27, 2012

Optics | Graphene | Plasmonics

A sheet of tiny structures, such as nanoscale graphene disks, can absorb all incident light of a specific wavelength coming from any direction, theory suggests.

Don Monroe Published February 17, 2012

Fluid Dynamics

A uniform stream of liquid can form one big drop or break up into many droplets. Experiments test the conditions that lead to breakup.

Don Monroe Published March 16, 2012

Metamaterials | Acoustics

The propagation of sound waves can be dramatically altered by forcing them to follow meandering channels, according to simulations.

Don Monroe Published March 30, 2012

Quantum Information | Electronics

Researchers propose a way to transfer quantum information between ions and electronic circuits, opening up new options for quantum computation.

Don Monroe Published May 4, 2012

Biological Physics

The binding of two proteins is strongest in regions where the packing of surrounding water molecules is already disrupted.

Don Monroe Published June 1, 2012

Atomic and Molecular Physics | Quantum Physics

Variations in density in an ultracold gas reveal sound waves of quantum origin.

Don Monroe Published June 22, 2012

Biological Physics

Models show how the length of filaments in cells can be tightly controlled by balancing continual growth with shrinkage caused by molecular motors.

Don Monroe Published August 3, 2012

Quantum Information | Optics

Researchers measure the complex “shape” of individual photons, which could lead to new ways of encoding information.

Don Monroe Published September 14, 2012


Thin filaments of intense laser light have many potential uses but are unstable. Experiments demonstrate that they can be stabilized by sending them through glass whose properties vary periodically in space.

Don Monroe Published October 5, 2012


Combining experiment and theory, two research teams uncover new connections between the shape and the rigidity of ellipsoidal shells.

Don Monroe Published November 26, 2012

Soft Matter

Charged beads floating in a plasma spontaneously form a two-dimensional liquid consisting of small, ordered regions that slide past one another and may mimic the motions in real liquids.

Don Monroe Published January 11, 2013

Particles and Fields | Cosmology

Invisible sheetlike structures, which might pervade space and contribute to dark matter or dark energy, could be revealed as they pass by Earth-based detectors.

Don Monroe Published February 15, 2013

Fluid Dynamics | Biological Physics

Experiments show that blood plasma has elastic properties that could influence the way blood flows through small vessels.

Don Monroe Published March 8, 2013

Fluid Dynamics

Tiny “ball bearings” could drastically reduce the friction between two liquids sliding past one another.

Don Monroe Published April 19, 2013

Statistical Physics

Dynamical systems that maximize their future possibilities behave in surprisingly “intelligent” ways.

Don Monroe Published May 10, 2013


Experimenters guide heat around a two-dimensional object without leaving a trace.

Don Monroe Published May 31, 2013

Semiconductor Physics | Materials Science | Electronics

Materials in which heat flows perpendicular to an electric current could lead to better devices for cooling electronics.

Don Monroe Published September 6, 2013

Soft Matter | Optoelectronics

A new way to rapidly switch the state of a liquid crystal could be useful for video displays and related technologies.

Don Monroe Published September 27, 2013


In a new technique, light pulses accelerate electrons more efficiently than traditional accelerators.

Don Monroe Published November 22, 2013


Researchers precisely time the motions of individual, energetic electrons moving in a solid.

Don Monroe Published December 20, 2013

Statistical Physics

Violently shaking a Bose-Einstein condensate of atoms can force them to separate into many condensates, according to simulations. The results should apply to other particles as well.

Don Monroe Published February 7, 2014

Semiconductor Physics | Metamaterials

Adding extra material on top of a sheet of silicon could, surprisingly, reduce its ability to transport heat, according to simulations, and this property could benefit future refrigeration or energy-generating devices.

Don Monroe Published February 28, 2014

Atomic and Molecular Physics

Researchers measured an atomic distance in a molecule without using a crystal, which is usually required. Instead they used a beam of isolated molecules.

Don Monroe Published May 9, 2014

Soft Matter

Grain in a silo is supported to some extent by static friction with the walls, which couldn’t happen in a water-filled silo. But a similar granular material can behave more like water.

Don Monroe Published November 14, 2014

Optics | Plasma Physics

The polarization of an intense laser beam can theoretically be controlled by mixing it with a second beam in a plasma.

Don Monroe Published January 23, 2015


Researchers generated an electron beam with very high orbital angular momentum—potentially good for atomic-scale images of the magnetism in materials.