Monday, March 27, 2023

This Week in Physics — Superconducting Vortices Made Without Magnetic Fields


This Week in Physics Magazine — March 27, 2023


Superconducting Vortices Made Without Magnetic Fields

Niladri Banerjee and Jason W. A. Robinson – March 27, 2023

A quantum phase of matter detected in an iron-based superconductor could host Majorana zero modes—quasiparticles that may serve as building blocks for future quantum computers.

Research News

Publishing Science in a War Zone

March 24, 2023

The Ukrainian Journal of Physics has managed to keep publishing during the past year, offering an outlet for physicists in the war-torn country.


Heavy-Flavor Properties Get an Update

March 23, 2023

The Heavy Flavor Averaging Group has released new world averages for properties of "heavy-flavor" particle decays—an update aimed at improving our understanding of flavor physics.


Beaming in a Spin Texture

March 24, 2023

Researchers use an optical vortex beam to create a stable pattern of electron spins in a thin layer of semiconductor material.

Research News

Eyes Help Shrimp Hide

March 23, 2023

Using a photonic glass made of crystalline nanospheres crustaceans can change the color of their eyes for effective camouflaging.


Sensing Fish at a Distance

March 22, 2023

The whiskers of some marine mammals are sensitive to the turbulent wakes left by fish. A new experiment investigates how this process works over different distances.


Highest-Order Electromagnetic Transition Observed

March 24, 2023

Observations deliver evidence of an exotic "sixth-order" electromagnetic transition in the gamma-ray emission of an iron isotope, a finding that could provide new ways to test nuclear models.


Droplets Come to Life

David Zwicker – March 20, 2023

Phase separation within cells creates droplets whose chemical activity leads to surprising mobility that serves cellular function and hints at the origin of life.


Deciphering Single-Molecule Fluorescence

March 21, 2023

Spatial maps of the light emitted by an excited molecule reveal how the emission depends on the molecule's charge states.


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