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Condensed Matter Physics

Viewpoint: Questioning a Universal Law for Electron Attenuation

A law describing electron attenuation in solids has long helped researchers determine the size of nanoscale objects, but experiments show that it is less general than previously thought. Read More »

Soft Matter

Focus: Friction, Not Inertia, Controls Avalanches

By tuning the friction between tiny beads suspended in water, researchers gain new understanding of how avalanches begin. Read More »

Quantum Information

Synopsis: Quantum Teleportation Now Comes in 3D

The first experiment to teleport qutrits rather than qubits paves the way to teleporting the complete quantum state of a particle. Read More »

Quantum Information

Viewpoint: A Random Approach to Quantum Simulation

A new way to simulate a molecule is potentially much faster than other approaches because it relies on random—as opposed to deterministic—sequences of operations. Read More »

Materials Science

Synopsis: Static Electricity Needs Water

Experiments pressing two materials together show that static electricity accumulates when surface water lets ions move from one surface to another. Read More »

Fluid Dynamics

Synopsis: Hydrodynamic Cloaks

Two separate groups have designed structures that can hide objects from fluid flows and surface waves so that no wake is visible. Read More »

Astrophysics

Synopsis: Seeking Stardust in the Snow  

Iron-60 found in fresh Antarctic snow was forged in nearby supernovae and could help deduce the structure and origin of interstellar dust clouds.   Read More »

Quantum Information

Focus: Entangling Photon Sources on a Tiny Bridge

Researchers entangled a pair of atomic-scale light emitters in a micrometer-scale device, which could potentially be useful for quantum communication and cryptography. Read More »

Quantum Physics

Synopsis: Entangling the Radial Parts of Photons

Correlations between the radial position and radial momentum of entangled photons demonstrate the suitability of these properties for quantum information applications.   Read More »

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