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Nature has a way of making complex shapes from a set of simple growth rules. The curve of a petal, the swoop of a branch, even the contours of our face are shaped by these processes. What if we could unlock those rules and reverse engineer nature's ability to grow an infinitely diverse array of shapes?


photos of Prof. Markus Greiner and Dr. Susanne Yelin
Congratulations to Prof. Markus Greiner and Dr. Susanne Yelin for becoming 2017 Fellows of the American Physical Society!


Sketching Big Data
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When a wavelength of light moves through a material, its crests and troughs get condensed or stretched, depending on the properties of the material. How much the crests of a light wave are condensed is expressed as a ratio called the refractive index — the higher the index, the more squished the wavelength...


Research found that altering the volume of a cell changed its internal dynamics, including the rigidness of the matrix lining the outer surface. In stem cells, removing water condenses the cell, influencing the stem cells to become stiff pre-bone cells, while adding water causes the cells to swell, forming soft pre-fat cells...


Like a string of pearls, the spine is made of a series of similar vertebrae. A so-called segmentation clock creates this repetitive arrangement in developing embryos: Each time the clock ticks, a vertebra starts to form...


A future quantum computer might use photonic qubits to move information around, but the qubits need to be transferred to a stationary medium such as atoms to perform computations. Given the weakness of the light-matter interaction, the transfer often requires a large ensemble of atoms, which can collectively take on a single photonic qubit...


Understanding the differences between inanimate matter and living matter is one of the fundamental unsolved problems of science. Although this question might be framed as philosophical...


Portrait of Steven Torrisi
Steven Torrisi, a doctoral candidate in Kaxiras group, has been awarded a Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship to support his Materials Physics research. DOE CSGF was established in 1991 to train...


Significant improvements in molecular trapping techniques increase the trappable molecular density by an order of magnitude, furthering the quest for directly loading optical tweezers and lattices...


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