Physics

This super-strong hybrid particle could upend electronics

This super-strong hybrid particle could upend electronics

Physicists with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have published a new study detailing their discovery of a hybrid particle, one comprised of an electron and phonon combined together in a way that allows them to behave as a single particle. The team refers to this bond between the two particles as "glue," explaining that it is 10 times stronger than any previously discovered hybrid of this kind.

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Google’s quantum processors take stable time crystals beyond just theory

Google’s quantum processors take stable time crystals beyond just theory

Time crystals are back in the news, and not the ones from TimeSplitters. A study recently published in Nature builds upon previous research released earlier this year on time crystals, a new phase of matter that holds significant promise for the future of quantum computing. This time around, the researchers say Google's Sycamore quantum hardware was used to observe a stable time crystal.

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CERN researchers discover an exotic particle with a long life

CERN researchers discover an exotic particle with a long life

Researchers from the LHCb experiment at CERN recently presented a new discovery at the European Physical Society Conference on High Energy Physics. The team discovered a new particle they labeled as TCC+, which is a tetraquark. A tetraquark is an exotic hadron that contains two quarks and two antiquarks.

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Google’s quantum computer supposedly just made a time crystal

Google’s quantum computer supposedly just made a time crystal

Google's quantum computer has been used to build a "time crystal" according to freshly-published research, a new phase of matter that upends the traditional laws of thermodynamics. Despite what the name might suggest, however, the new breakthrough won't let Google build a time machine.

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Scientists slow a tiny sphere to its lowest quantum mechanical state

Scientists slow a tiny sphere to its lowest quantum mechanical state

Researchers at ETH Zürich have announced they have trapped a tiny sphere of glass 100 nanometers in diameter using laser light and slowed its motion to the lowest quantum mechanical state. Scientists have worked in recent years to coax larger and larger objects into behaving quantum mechanically to study them closely. When an object passes through a double slit, it forms an interference pattern characteristic of a wave.

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CERN physicists prove subatomic particles can switch into an antiparticle and back

CERN physicists prove subatomic particles can switch into an antiparticle and back

Physicists working with the LHCb experiment at CERN have proven that a subatomic particle can switch into its antiparticle and back again. The researchers were able to prove this using extremely precise measurements made using the LHCb experiment at CERN. During the experiment, the team gathered the first evidence that charm mesons can change into their antiparticle and back again.

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Researchers discover large galaxies strip star-making gas from nearby smaller galaxies

Researchers discover large galaxies strip star-making gas from nearby smaller galaxies

Astronomers published new research this week, discovering that small satellite galaxies contain less molecular gas in their centers. The team says that large galaxies are known to strip away gas occupying the space between the stars of smaller satellite galaxies. They now know that the larger galaxies can strip away molecular gas at the center of the smaller galaxies, which is the type of gas the smaller galaxies that need to create new stars.

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Scientists measure the shortest unit of time ever

Scientists measure the shortest unit of time ever

A group of scientists has measured the shortest unit of time ever with a measurement of the amount of time it takes a light particle to cross a hydrogen molecule. The measurement is called a zeptosecond and is a trillionth of a billionth of a second. That is a decimal point followed by 20 zeros and a one.

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Researchers discover the fastest possible speed of sound

Researchers discover the fastest possible speed of sound

Scientists from Queen Mary University of London, the University of Cambridge, and the Institute for High Pressure Physics in Troitsk have discovered the fastest possible speed of sound. The upper limit for the speed of sound is 36 kilometers per second. That is about twice as fast as the speed of sound in diamond, which is the hardest known material in the world.

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