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Confined to a two-dimensional plane, electrons in a strong magnetic field travel along the edge in one-dimensional quantum Hall channels that are protected against backscattering. These channels can be used as solid-state analogs of monochromatic beams of light...


Multiple descriptions of the half-filled Landau level, an exotic phase of matter seen in two-dimensional electron gases, have led to incompatible pictures that are widely believed to represent two distinct phases of matter. A new analysis suggests...


Self-healing materials aren’t new — researchers at SEAS have developed self-healing hydrogels, which rely on water to incorporate reversible bonds that can promote healing. However, engineering self-healing properties in dry materials — such as rubber — has proven more challenging...


Strongly interacting electrons lined up along a string can experience the so-called spin-charge separation, where the electrons "split" into effective carriers of spin and charge, which then move independently. This phenomenon has been observed, somewhat indirectly, in solids...


So, you’ve genetically engineered a malaria-resistant mosquito, now what? How many mosquitos would you need to replace the disease-carrying wild type? How many mosquitos would you need to replace the disease-carrying wild type? What is the most effective distribution pattern?...


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Wednesday,
September 13, 2017
Nantasket Beach Resort, Hull, MA
(Transportation provided)




Harvard Physics grad student Seth Whitsitt, Prof. Subir Sachdev, and colleagues from Universität Innsbruck, recently published their study of the finite-size energy spectrum of the O(N) symmetric Wilson-Fisher conformal field theory (CFT) on the spatial torus...


In a new paper in Physical Review Letters, physicists in Prof. Mikhail Lukin's group, together with colleagues from Spain and Austria, propose a platform for studying topological effects in quantum optical systems which involves 2D atomic emitter arrays in optical lattices...


Information technologies of the future will likely use electron spin — rather than electron charge — to carry information. But first, scientists need to better understand how to control spin and learn to build the spin equivalent of electronic components, from spin transistors, to spin gates and circuits...


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Congratulations to Prof. Daniel Jafferis for his promotion to Associate Professor of Physics!


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