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Although high-temperature superconductivity seems like a complicated phenomenon, its basic features are captured by the very simple Fermi–Hubbard model. Researchers have been able to emulate this model using ultracold quantum gases...


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This year's graduating seniors and PhDs are...


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The Ellis Island Medals of Honor embody the spirit of America in their celebration of patriotism, tolerance, brotherhood and diversity. They recognize individuals who have made it their mission to share with those less fortunate their wealth of knowledge...


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Nabiha Saklayen, who is a 2017 graduating PhD in Physics, is a Program Director for the new campaign "I Am A Scientist." The campaign is a collaboration between artists, educators, and researchers in the Boston area...


Driving a quantum liquid - by subjecting it to some external force - can generate exotic phases of matter, but such phases are unstable. A suite of mathematical methods reveals the origins of these instabilities and identifies physical manifestations that can be observed in current experiments.


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Physicists considering a foray into the study of molecules are often warned that "a diatomic molecule is one atom too many!". Now John Doyle and colleagues at Harvard University have thrown this caution to the wind and tackled laser cooling of a triatomic molecule with success


Graduate students Shannon Harvey and Shiang Fang won the 2017 Maurice and Gertrude Goldhaber Prize (for experimental and theoretical physics, respectively)...


Traditionally speaking, crystals - like salt, sugar or even diamonds - are simply periodic arrangements of atoms in a three-dimensional lattice. Time crystals, on the other hand, take that notion of periodically-arranged atoms and add a fourth dimension...


Ken Wilson’s invention of the Renormalization Group for systems exhibiting criticality – especially as it led to the quantitatively effective "epsilon expansion" – will be explored...


The quantum Hall effect supports a set of chiral edge states at the boundary of a two-dimensional system. A superconductor contacting these states can provide correlations of the quasiparticles in the dissipationless edge states...


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