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Interdisciplinary Physics

Focus: Rinsing is Key to Removing Stains

Experiments show that rinsing clothes after washing can create imbalances in detergent concentration that pulls dirt out of the fabric. Read More »


Synopsis: Two-Face Dipole

A proposed dipole source of electromagnetic waves can selectively couple its emission into either of two neighboring waveguides. Read More »


Synopsis: Cosmic Voids Under Pressure

An analysis of distortions in the cosmic microwave background reveals information about the gas inside large voids in space. Read More »


Meetings: Scenes from the 2018 APS March Meeting

Paper microscopes, Google’s new quantum computer, and a very unusual journal were just a few of the announcements at the world’s largest physics meeting. Read More »

Atomic and Molecular Physics

Synopsis: ARPES with Cold Atoms

A numerical study outlines how to perform measurements on cold atoms that mimic angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy studies of solids. Read More »

Quantum Physics

Viewpoint: Moiré Effect Could Enhance Neutron Interferometry

A new and more flexible neutron interferometer design relies on the moiré effect, in which two periodic patterns are combined to give a longer-period pattern. Read More »

Energy Research

Focus: City Structure Influences Nighttime Temperatures

Mathematical analysis of the two-dimensional layout of a city reveals much about its three-dimensional structure and provides useful measures of the urban heat island effect. Read More »


Q&A: Better Pixels for TVs and More Women in Physics

LED researcher Jess Wade devotes her time outside the lab to educating young women about the joys of a physics career. Read More »

Quantum Information

Synopsis: Quantum Simulators Tackle Energy Transfer

A quantum simulator made of two trapped-ion qubits can model quantum effects occurring during energy-transfer processes in molecules. Read More »

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