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Biological Physics

Synopsis: Untangling Neurons with Scattered Light

Light-scattering measurements and high-performance computing enable mapping of complex nerve fiber organizations in the brain. Read More »

Biological Physics

Brain Maps Hint at Response to Music

Playing unfamiliar music to patients could improve music therapy outcomes. Read More »

Particles and Fields

Synopsis: Anomalous Magnetic Moment Still Anomalous

Supercomputer simulations rule out a known quantum effect as the cause of the muon’s unexpectedly strong magnetic moment. Read More »

Plasma Physics

Viewpoint: Lining Up for Wakefield Acceleration

A proposed design for plasma accelerators would use line-focused laser pulses to overcome the problem of particles outrunning the acceleration region. Read More »

Magnetism

Synopsis: Solving a Magnetic Puzzle

Spectroscopic measurements explain why a van der Waals ferromagnet displays different magnetic behavior in its layered and bulk forms. Read More »

FEATURE

Big Labs Replace Data Taking with New Priorities

Large research facilities have curtailed data collection and shut their doors—but their scientists are busier than ever, and some have joined the fight against COVID-19. Read More »

Condensed Matter Physics

Viewpoint: Finding Spin Hedgehogs in Chiral Crystals

The observation of radial spin texture in chiral tellurium crystals could lead to greater control over electron transport.  Read More »

Optics

Synopsis: Better Electron Bunches for X-Ray Lasers

Researchers show that they can better shape an electron bunch by using a hollow laser beam, something that could allow them to generate brighter x rays for x-ray free-electron lasers. Read More »

Soft Matter

Focus: Some Granular Columns Weigh Too Much

Particles packed inside a cylinder can experience a downward force from the walls, resulting in an apparent weight increase. Read More »

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