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.

Motorised droplets thanks to feedback effects

A team of physicists from Germany and Sweden working with first author Jens Christian Grauer from Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU) has examined a special system of colloidal particles that…

Astronomers see white dwarf “switch on and off” for first time

Astronomers have used a planet-hunting satellite to see a white dwarf abruptly switching on and off for the first time. The researchers led by Durham University, UK, used NASA’s Transiting…

Experiments reveal formation of a new state of matter – electron quadruplets

The central principle of superconductivity is that electrons form pairs. But can they also condense into foursomes? Recent findings have suggested they can, and a physicist at KTH Royal Institute…

Scientists measure radioactive molecules at the extremes of physics

Creating and studying radioactive molecules advances nuclear structure and fundamental symmetry studies. The Science An international team performed the world’s first measurement of how the size of the radium nucleus…

Ultrafast magnetism: heating magnets, freezing time

This study on Gadolinium is completing a series of experiments on Nickel, Iron-Nickel Alloys. The results are useful for developing ultrafast data storage devices. New materials should make information processing…

Ultrafast optical switching can save overwhelmed datacenters

Services from all hyper-scale cloud providers like Microsoft are powered by massive datacenters that employ hundreds of thousands of servers, whose performance depends heavily on the quality of the network…

How do ice giants maintain their magnetic fields?

Probing the structures and properties of superionic ice. A layer of “hot,” electrically conductive ice could be responsible for generating the magnetic fields of ice giant planets like Uranus and…

Direct photons offer glimpse of gluons’ dynamic motion

PHENIX data validate approach for future studies of proton spin and structure. Scientists seeking to explore the teeming microcosm of quarks and gluons inside protons and neutrons report new data delivered by…

A crystal ball into our solar system’s future

Giant gas planet orbiting a dead star gives glimpse into the predicted aftermath of our sun’s demise. Astronomers have discovered the very first confirmed planetary system that resembles the expected…

New metalens focuses light with ultra-deep holes

Holey metalens! Metasurfaces are nanoscale structures that interact with light. Today, most metasurfaces use monolith-like nanopillars to focus, shape and control light. The taller the nanopillar, the more time it…

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