particle physics

Uncovering The Secrets Of The World’s Toughest Materials

Hexagonal boron nitride’s (h-BN) exceptional toughness comes from its unique structure and composition, helping the material withstand greater stress.

Pushing Diamond To Its Limits

Similar to how pressure turns coal into diamonds, subjecting diamonds to large amounts of strain gives desirable electronic properties to the gem.

Manipulating Materials On The Quantum Scale

With the help of tiny scaffolds called dendrimers, researchers from Japan have developed a new way to precisely control the production of quantum-sized materials.

Going To The Restroom? Keep Your Mask On

Flushing public restroom toilets or urinals can spew clouds of particles carrying viruses, including COVID-19.

Identifying Airborne Hazards In A Flash

Using a nanomaterial patch that traps gas molecules for laser analysis, a team of researchers in Singapore has found a way to profile airborne hazards almost instantaneously.

Graphene Origami At The Nano Scale

Using high-quality graphene nanoislands, researchers in China and the US have achieved graphene folding with a precision of 0.1°.

Illuminating How Light Induces Magnetism

Light may magnetize non-magnetic metals, say an international team of physicists.

Searching For Ultralight Bosons With Gravitational Waves

Scientists have proposed a way to use gravitational waves to detect the existence and properties of ultralight bosons.

Neutron Beam Sniffs Out Salty Concrete

Using a neutron beam, researchers in Japan were able to detect salt embedded in concrete structures, allowing more precise assessments of structural integrity.

Making Way For Muography

Scientists in Japan and Hungary have announced the opening of the NEWCUT laboratory, the world’s first facility dedicated to the study of muography.