Physics and Astronomy

This area deals with the fundamental laws and building blocks of nature and how they interact, the properties and the behavior of matter, and research into space and time and their structures.

innovations-report provides in-depth reports and articles on subjects such as astrophysics, laser technologies, nuclear, quantum, particle and solid-state physics, nanotechnologies, planetary research and findings (Mars, Venus) and developments related to the Hubble Telescope.

Unconventional superconductivity found in kagome metal

Physicists using advanced muon spin spectroscopy at Paul Scherrer Institute PSI make the missing link between their recent breakthrough in a kagome metal and unconventional superconductivity. The team uncovered an…

Oxygen in Earth’s Higher Atmosphere

A study of the upper atmosphere’s composition has successfully measured an increased presence of 18O, a heavier oxygen issotope with 10 instead of eight neutrons. Helmut Wiesemeyer (MPIfR Bonn) and…

The first lab-created “quantum abacus”

A new study reports the first experimental creation of a quantum potential with energies given by sequences of prime numbers, paving the way for a new approach to the investigation…

The bubbling universe

A previously unknown phase transition in the early universe. Think of bringing a pot of water to the boil: As the temperature reaches the boiling point, bubbles form in the…

‘Ghostly mirrors’ for high-power lasers

The ‘mirrors’ exist for only a fragment of time but could help to reduce the size of ultra-high power lasers, which currently occupy buildings the size of aircraft hangars, to…

Biological patterns: Directed by intracellular flows

LMU physicists have shown how fluid flows influence the formation of complex patterns. The formation of patterns is a universal phenomenon that underlies fundamental processes in biology. An example are…

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