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Quantum Physics

Viewpoint: Watching a Quantum Magnet Grow in Ultracold Atoms

Two experiments watch an antiferromagnetic phase of matter emerge in ultracold Rydberg atoms, opening up a new platform for quantum simulation. Read More »

Fluid Dynamics

Focus: Puzzling Tropical Wind Pattern Generated with Simple Model

2D simulations of the atmosphere, with few assumptions, can generate a slowly oscillating, tropical wind pattern that has puzzled atmospheric scientists. Read More »

Atomic and Molecular Physics

Synopsis: Three-Body Problem Solved for 1D Boson Trio

Three research groups have solved the three-body problem for bosons confined in a one-dimensional system. Read More »

Astrophysics

Synopsis: Off-Axis Jets from Neutron Star Merger

Simulations suggest that the gamma rays accompanying the neutron star merger detected in 2017 came from a short gamma-ray burst viewed at a 30° angle. Read More »

Particles and Fields

Synopsis: How to Untangle Quark and Gluon Jets

Inspired by a text-mining technique, scientists have developed a more direct way to distinguish quark jets from gluon jets in high-energy particle collisions. Read More »

Biological Physics

Viewpoint: The Dance of Water Molecules around Proteins

A combination of experiments, simulations, and modeling has revealed the anomalous diffusion of water molecules along the surfaces of proteins. Read More »

Meetings: Building a Molecule Atom by Atom

Researchers demonstrated the simplest possible chemical reaction by using optical tweezers to bring together two atoms to form a molecule. Read More »

Nuclear Physics

Focus: Laser Bags a Giant Nucleus

A laser-based technique provides the most precise measurements to date of nuclear properties for an element above atomic number 100. Read More »

Astrophysics

Synopsis: Dark Matter Undetectable in Gravitational Waves

Calculations show that dark matter affects the propagation of gravitational waves but at a level far below the sensitivity of current detectors. Read More »

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