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    Quantum Cycles Power Cold-atom Pump

    The idea of a pump is at least as old as the ancient Greek philosopher and scientist Archimedes. More than 2000 years ago, Archimedes allegedly invented a corkscrew pump (link is external) that could lift water up an incline with the turn of a Read More
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    Space Mission First to Observe Key Interaction Between Magnetic Fields of Earth and Sun

    Most people do not give much thought to the Earth’s magnetic field, yet it is every bit as essential to life as air, water and sunlight. The magnetic field provides an invisible, but crucial, barrier that protects Earth from the sun’s magnetic field, which Read More
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    Experiments at the LHC are once again recording collisions at extraordinary energies

    After months of winter hibernation the world’s most powerful particle accelerator is once again smashing protons and taking data. The Large Hadron Collider will run around the clock for the next six months and produce roughly 2 quadrillion high-quality proton collisions, six times more Read More
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    Novel gate may enhance power of Majorana-based quantum computers

    Quantum computers hold great potential, but they remain hard to build because their basic components—individual quantum systems like atoms, electrons or photons—are fragile. A relentless and noisy background constantly bombards the computer’s data. One promising theoretical approach, known as topological quantum computing, uses groups Read More
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    Oscillating currents point to practical application for topological insulators

    Scientists studying an exotic material have found a potential application for its unusual properties, a discovery that could improve devices found in most digital electronics. Under the right conditions the material, a compound called samarium hexaboride, is a topological insulator—something that conducts electricity on Read More
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    HAWC Gamma-Ray Observatory Reveals New Look at the Very-high-energy Sky

    UMD physicists pioneered development of observatory that has located new high-energy sources in the universe and provided more detail on known sources in first year of full operation. Read More
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    Measuring the Magnetization of Wandering Spins

    The swirling field of a magnet—rendered visible by a sprinkling of iron filings—emerges from the microscopic behavior of atoms and their electrons. In permanent magnets, neighboring atoms align and lock into place to create inseparable north and south poles. For other materials, magnetism can Read More
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    Rogue rubidium leads to atomic anomaly

    The behavior of a few rubidium atoms in a cloud of 40,000 hardly seems important. But a handful of the tiny particles with the wrong energy may cause a cascade of effects that could impact future quantum computers. Some proposals for quantum devices use Read More
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    Characterizing Quantum Hall Light Zooming Around a Photonic Chip

    When it comes to quantum physics, light and matter are not so different. Under certain circumstances, negatively charged electrons can fall into a coordinated dance that allows them to carry a current through a material laced with imperfections. That motion, which can only occur Read More
  • 1 Quantum Cycles Power Cold-atom Pump
  • 2 Space Mission First to Observe Key Interaction Between Magnetic Fields of Earth and Sun
  • 3 Experiments at the LHC are once again recording collisions at extraordinary energies
  • 4 Novel gate may enhance power of Majorana-based quantum computers
  • 5 Oscillating currents point to practical application for topological insulators
  • 6 HAWC Gamma-Ray Observatory Reveals New Look at the Very-high-energy Sky
  • 7 Measuring the Magnetization of Wandering Spins
  • 8 Rogue rubidium leads to atomic anomaly
  • 9 Characterizing Quantum Hall Light Zooming Around a Photonic Chip
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