Record-Breaking Experiment Could Solve a Huge Challenge in Quantum Computing

Record-Breaking Experiment Could Solve a Huge Challenge in Quantum Computing

Two atoms inflated to an almost comical size and cooled to a fraction above absolute zero have been used to generate a robust, insanely fast two-qubit quantum gate that could help overcome some of quantum computing’s persistent challenges. Since a two-qubit gate is the fundamental building block of efficient quantum computers, this breakthrough has huge … Read more

Physicists Finally Measure a Long Theorized Molecule Made From Light And Matter

Physicists Finally Measure a Long Theorized Molecule Made From Light And Matter

Physicists have just caught light acting the part of ‘glue’ between atoms, in a kind of loosely bonded molecule. “We have succeeded for the first time in polarizing several atoms together in a controlled way, creating a measurable attractive force between them,” says University of Innsbruck physicist Matthias Sonnleitner. Atoms connect to form molecules in … Read more

Scientists Reveal The First Images of Atoms ‘Swimming’ in Liquid

Scientists Reveal The First Images of Atoms 'Swimming' in Liquid

The motion of single atoms through liquid has been caught on camera for the first time. Using a sandwich of materials so thin they’re effectively two-dimensional, scientists trapped and observed platinum atoms ‘swimming’ along a surface under different pressures. The results will help us better understand how the presence of liquid alters the behavior of … Read more

Chemists Just Rearranged Atomic Bonds in a Single Molecule For The First Time

Chemists Just Rearranged Atomic Bonds in a Single Molecule For The First Time

If chemists built cars, they’d fill a factory with car parts, set it on fire, and sift from the ashes pieces that now looked vaguely car-like. When you’re dealing with car-parts the size of atoms, this is a perfectly reasonable process. Yet chemists yearn for ways to reduce the waste and make reactions far more … Read more

Physicists Say They’ve Built an Atom Laser That Can Run ‘Forever’

Physicists Say They've Built an Atom Laser That Can Run 'Forever'

A new breakthrough has allowed physicists to create a beam of atoms that behaves the same way as a laser, and that can theoretically stay on “forever”. This might finally mean the technology is on its way to practical application, although significant limitations still apply. Nevertheless, this is a huge step forward for what is … Read more

The ‘Cosmic Dawn’ of Our Universe Ended Far Later Than We Thought

The 'Cosmic Dawn' of Our Universe Ended Far Later Than We Thought

For tens of millions of years, our newborn Universe was shrouded in hydrogen. Bit by bit, this vast mist was torn apart by the light of the very first stars in a dawn that defined the shape of the emerging cosmos. Having a timeline for this colossal shift would go a long way in helping … Read more

Physicists Caught Sound Moving at Two Different Speeds in 3D Quantum Gas

Physicists Caught Sound Moving at Two Different Speeds in 3D Quantum Gas

After previously studying the phenomena of two sound waves in quantum liquids, scientists have now observed sound moving at two different speeds in a quantum gas. If you were somehow immersed in the three-dimensional gas used for this study, you would hear every sound twice: each individual sound carried by two different sound waves moving … Read more

Scientists Have Broken a Staggering Record on The Melting Point of Platinum

Scientists Have Broken a Staggering Record on The Melting Point of Platinum

Scientists have figured out how to make platinum more affordable as a catalyst: turn it into a low-temperature liquid. It’s been known for centuries that noble metals like platinum, gold, ruthenium, and palladium make excellent catalysts for chemical reactions, because they help break the chemical bonds between atoms more efficiently than other metals. But noble … Read more

Two Time Crystals Have Been Successfully Linked Together For The First Time

Two Time Crystals Have Been Successfully Linked Together For The First Time

Physicists have just taken an amazing step towards quantum devices that sound like something out of science fiction. For the first time, isolated groups of particles behaving like bizarre states of matter known as time crystals have been linked into a single, evolving system that could be incredibly useful in quantum computing. Following the first … Read more