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Semiconductor Physics

Synopsis: Plasmon Thermometers for Silicon

Electron oscillations in silicon may be used to map, with nanometer resolution, the temperatures across a silicon device. Read More »


Meetings: Travel Advice for a Trip to the Red Planet

Artificial intelligence could help scientists choose the best landing spots for rovers on Mars. Read More »

Condensed Matter Physics

Viewpoint: X-Ray Probe Targets Interfaces

A new spectroscopy technique employs x rays from a free electron laser to measure the properties of interfaces that may be hidden within a material. Read More »

Atomic and Molecular Physics

Viewpoint: A Multimode Dial for Interatomic Interactions

A tunable multimode optical cavity modifies interactions between atomic condensates trapped in its interior from long range to short range, paving the way towards exploring novel collective quantum phenomena. Read More »

Soft Matter

Focus: How to Sculpt a Crystal

A new technique allows researchers complete control over the shapes of individual subcrystals within a larger crystal, which could lead to new ways to modify material properties. Read More »


Synopsis: A Doubly Curved Light Wave

Using a combination of light-bending techniques, researchers have demonstrated a light beam that accelerates in a curved space. Read More »

Atomic and Molecular Physics

Synopsis: Twisted Cavity Is a One-Way Light Path

A cavity containing spin-polarized atoms can serve as an optical isolator that breaks time-reversal symmetry by letting only forward-moving light pass.   Read More »

Fluid Dynamics

Synopsis: The Coldest Water

A new technique has measured the lowest temperature ever recorded for liquid water. Read More »


Focus: Detecting Gravitational Waves by Watching Stars

A passing gravitational wave produces shifts in the apparent positions of the stars, and these motions should be detectable with the Gaia space telescope. Read More »

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