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David Thouless, Duncan Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz win 2016 Nobel Prize for Physics

October 4, 2016 - 1:20pm
The Nobel Prize for Physics 2016 has been divided, one half awarded to David J Thouless, the other half jointly to F Duncan M Haldane and J Michael Kosterlitz "for theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter".

Quantum zone explains non-local STM effects

October 3, 2016 - 9:40am
(with movie) Researchers have visualized the quantum propagation of a charge at the site of injection from a scanning tunnelling microscope for the first time, offering a better understanding of how these charges (electrons or holes) propagate.

Room-temperature multiferroic goes magnetoelectric

October 3, 2016 - 4:25am
Material made from two types of lutetium iron oxide could be used in ultra low-power microprocessors, storage devices and next-generation electronics.

Silica nanoparticles suppress tumour growth

September 30, 2016 - 4:56am
Particles less than 10 nm in diameter induce ferroptosis on their own, without the need for any conjugated cytotoxic molecules.

Memristor behaves like a synapse

September 29, 2016 - 6:56am
New device could be used as a key element in integrated circuits and next-generation computers that mimic how the human brain works.

Light drives titania nanotube micro-engines

September 28, 2016 - 6:56am
New devices, which can carry cargo, might also be used to photocatalytically degrade organic pollutants.

Finding the Goldilocks zone for multilayer silicene growth

September 26, 2016 - 7:59am
(with audio) X-ray diffraction measurements provide evidence of multilayer silicene growth and highlight the important role of growth temperatures for achieving the pure silicene phase.

Thermophoresis assembles plasmonic nanoparticles

September 26, 2016 - 1:57am
New optical technique could assemble nanoparticles into functional superstructures and devices.

NV magnetometer could help make write heads smaller

September 23, 2016 - 5:08am
Sensor can characterize the broadband magnetic fields produced by these devices, and so help miniaturize them further.

Knitted nanotubes make an elastic yarn

September 21, 2016 - 5:32am
New fabric based on CNTs and Spandex could be used to make actuators and sensors for use in applications such as artificial muscles and smart clothing.

Revealing nanotexture in correlated oxides

September 20, 2016 - 3:01am
Cryogenic near-field infrared microscopy reveals how the electrical properties of vanadium oxide evolve as it switches from being a metal to an insulator.

Simple silicon etch has multiple photovoltaic benefits

September 19, 2016 - 5:20am
(with audio) A standard silicon nanostructuring process is found to decrease not only the reflectivity but also the carrier recombination, both of which improve solar-cell efficiencies.

Thermal noise helps image soft matter in 3D

September 16, 2016 - 4:56am
A collaboration of researchers has obtained nanoscale 3D images of optically dense collagen networks from the negative space excluded from the random walk of a particle in an optical trap.

2D semiconducting transistor breaks new record

September 16, 2016 - 12:56am
Molybdenum sulphide device is on a par with silicon in terms of ON-current density.

Catalyst surface affects graphene growth

September 15, 2016 - 1:30am
New studies on CVD-grown material could help produce large sheets of carbon with a well-defined structure and properties for specific electronics applications.

Chirped laser pulses could deliver high-quality ion beams

September 15, 2016 - 1:30am
Proposed technique could be used for cancer therapy.

Water flows almost without friction through carbon nanotubes

September 12, 2016 - 3:17am
New measurements on extremely fast water flow through CNTs will be important for fundamental studies in nanofluidics and for applications in desalination and water purification.

Biocompatible piezoelectric generator is made from fish scales

September 12, 2016 - 3:17am
Non-toxic device could be used in battery-free electronics.

Watching semiconductor superlattices grow

September 9, 2016 - 7:40am
X-ray scattering and electron microscopy studies could help us better understand these technologically important new materials.

Graphite nanopipes are smallest ever

September 8, 2016 - 12:27am
The nanostructures could be employed in a wide range of applications, such as filtration, separation and many other technologies.