Physics and Astronomy News Archive: October 2003
A new and improved way to measure light has been unveiled by physicists at NASA’s JPL.The technology exploits the strange but predictable characteristics of superconductivity, and has a number of properties that should lead to uses in a variety of fields, from medicine to astrophysics.
JPL Researchers Unveil Superconductor-Based Light Detector
Source: NASA/JPL Posted: 10/26/03
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2003 "for pioneering contributions to the theory of superconductors and superfluids" jointly to three scientists, Abriskosov, Ginzburg and Leggett.
The 2003 Nobel Prize in Physics
Source: Nobel Posted: 10/22/03
U of T scientists have developed a new class of hybrid materials combining organic and inorganic elements that could lead to improved computer chips, among other applications.
New hybrid material has potential use in microelectronics
Source: UToronto Posted: 10/22/03
The Dutch solar car Nuna II, using ESA space technology, finished first in the World Solar Challenge, a 3010 km race right across Australia for cars powered by solar energy.
Nuna II breaks all records in the World Solar Challenge!
Source: ESA Posted: 10/22/03
Researchers at the University of Warwick have found that phosphorus, an element commonly found in teeth, can act as a “superconductor” – but you would have to have the strength of Superman to clench your teeth hard enough for it to work.
Researchers Find That Superman’s Teeth Can Superconduct
Source: UWarwick Posted: 10/14/03
An experiment by Italian scientists using data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, currently en route to Saturn, confirms Einstein's theory of general relativity with a precision that is 50 times greater than previous measurements.
Saturn-Bound Spacecraft Tests Einstein's Theory
Source: NASA/JPL Posted: 10/13/03
Size matters, but so does shape, at least in the world of semiconducting nanocrystals, report chemists at Washington University in St. Louis. Their findings, published in the August 2003 issue of Nature Materials, demonstrate experimentally that the shape of a semiconductor nanocrystal can affect its electronic and optical properties.
For quantum confinement, size matters, but so does shape
Source: WUSTL Posted: 10/13/03
There's a new glass in town. The glass, developed with the help of a unique NASA levitator facility, is available for numerous commercial applications including lasers and optical communications.
NASA research propels development of new glass
Source: NASA/MSFC Posted: 10/8/03
On October 10th the Magic Telescope (Major Atmospheric Gamma Imaging Cherenkov telescope) will be inaugurated. With his 17-meter-diameter-mirror and 240 square meters surface, it’s the largest telescope in the world dedicated to ‘gamma astronomy’, that is devoted to the detection of gamma rays.
World's biggest gamma radiation telescope begins operation
Source: INFN Posted: 10/7/03