Phys. Rev. Focus26, 11 (2010) – Published September 10, 2010
Simulated soils made of glass beads and various pastes dry at different rates, depending on the properties of their smallest particles. The work suggests new ways to study an aspect of soil that is critical for agriculture.
Phys. Rev. Focus26, 7 (2010) – Published August 13, 2010
The combination of stress and corrosion that can prove deadly in bridges and other structures also allows silicon to be sliced with the nanometer-scale precision required for the latest computer chips, according to simulations.
Phys. Rev. Focus26, 2 (2010) – Published July 9, 2010
Water molecules driven into a cell membrane spontaneously generate holes through the membrane, according to simulations. The process has been used in the lab but not fully understood at the molecular scale.
Phys. Rev. Focus25, 24 (2010) – Published June 25, 2010
Researchers beat the quantum-mechanical fluctuations in an atomic clock by linking many atoms into an entangled quantum state and pushing the fluctuations into a realm that doesn’t influence the time measurement.
Phys. Rev. Focus25, 20 (2010) – Published May 28, 2010
Drops of water striking a bed of grains can leave a wide range of crater shapes and sometimes a bigger impression at low and high impact speeds than at medium speeds. The work may help geoscientists identify ancient formations.
Phys. Rev. Focus25, 19 (2010) – Published May 21, 2010
The patterns in two spinning tanks of fluid representing different parts of the Earth’s atmosphere can synchronize with only a small amount of thermal coupling, suggesting that heat flow can transmit weather cycles over long distances.