Physics and Astronomy News Archive: April 2016

Image: New state of water molecule discovered
New state of water molecule discovered
Source: ORNL   Posted: 4/29/16
Researchers have discovered a new state of water molecule using neutron scattering & computational modeling.

Image: A brand-new way to produce electron spin currents
A brand-new way to produce electron spin currents
Source: ColoState   Posted: 4/28/16
For the first time, scientists have used non-polarized light to produce what’s called a spin voltage – a unit of power produced from the quantum spinning of an individual electron.

Image: Mars surface revealed in unprecedented detail
Mars surface revealed in unprecedented detail
Source: UCL   Posted: 4/27/16
The surface of Mars – including the location of Beagle-2 – has been shown in unprecedented detail by scientists using a revolutionary image stacking and matching technique.

Image: Team builds first quantum cascade laser on silicon
Team builds first quantum cascade laser on silicon
Source: Eurekalert   Posted: 4/21/16
The advance may have applications that span from chemical bond spectroscopy and gas sensing, to astronomy and free-space communications.

Image: A New Way To Get Electricity From Magnetism
A New Way To Get Electricity From Magnetism
Source: UUtah   Posted: 4/20/16
By showing that a phenomenon dubbed the “inverse spin Hall effect” works in several organic semiconductors – including carbon-60 buckyballs - physicists changed magnetic “spin current” into electric current.

Image: New state of matter detected in a 2D material
New state of matter detected in a 2D material
Source: UCam   Posted: 4/9/16
Researchers have observed the ‘fingerprint’ of a mysterious new quantum state of matter in a two-dimensional material, in which electrons break apart.