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Physics - 22.07.2024
A bright future for high-energy muon beams
What will be the next high-energy particle accelerator after the Large Hadron Collider (LHC)- While a much larger proton-proton collider, such as the Future Circular Collider (FCC) being studied at CERN, or a linear electron-positron collider are two possibilities, a high-energy muon collider could be an attractive alternative to understand the fundamental constituents of matter at energies not currently accessible by the LHC.

Physics - 17.07.2024
Powerful new particle accelerator a step closer with muon-marshalling technology
Powerful new particle accelerator a step closer with muon-marshalling technology
New experimental results show particles called muons can be corralled into beams suitable for high-energy collisions, paving the way for new physics. Particle accelerators are best known for colliding matter to probe its make-up, but they are also used for measuring the chemical structure of drugs, treating cancers, and manufacturing silicon microchips.

Physics - 17.07.2024
Top quark measurement research supported by University of Glasgow particle physicists
Researchers from the School of Physics & Astronomy have been involved an important new measurement of the top quark made using data provided by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). ATLAS and CMS are general-purpose particle detectors at CERN's LHC in Geneva. Physicists from the University of Glasgow have played key roles in the international ATLAS collaboration for decades.

Physics - Chemistry - 17.06.2024
The nanotechnological revolution requires standardised 'screws' - here is a way to measure them
The nanotechnological revolution requires standardised ’screws’ - here is a way to measure them
Physicists at the University of Bath lead on the discovery of a new optical property that measures the twist in tiny helices. A new nonlinear optical property of tiny particles has been discovered by an international team of scientists led by physicists at the University of Bath, with important implications for researchers working in fields as diverse as display technology, chemical catalysis and medicine.

Materials Science - Physics - 07.06.2024
Researchers engineer new approach for controlling thermal emission
The University of Manchester's National Graphene Institute has spearheaded an international team to engineer a novel approach for controlling thermal emission, detailed in a paper published in Science . This breakthrough offers new design strategies beyond conventional materials, with promising implications for thermal management and camouflage technologies.

Astronomy / Space - Physics - 05.06.2024
Scientists detect slowest-spinning radio emitting neutron star ever recorded
Artist's depiction of CSIRO's ASKAP radio telescope with two versions of the mysterious celestial object: neutron star or white dwarf Most collapsed stars rotate faster than once per second. This one takes nearly an hour. Scientists have detected what they believe to be a neutron star spinning at an unprecedentedly slow rate -slower than any of the more than 3,000 radio emitting neutron stars measured to date.

Astronomy / Space - Physics - 30.05.2024
Earliest, most distant galaxy discovered with James Webb Space Telescope
Earliest, most distant galaxy discovered with James Webb Space Telescope
The two earliest and most distant galaxies yet confirmed, dating back to only 300 million years after the Big Bang, have been discovered using NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), an international team of astronomers today announced.

Chemistry - Physics - 23.05.2024
Sponge-like material that could boost nuclear energy and hydrogen tech
Sponge-like material that could boost nuclear energy and hydrogen tech
Chemists have developed breakthrough porous materials that could be used for the future of energy, including in the nuclear industry or for storing hydrogen. The discovery was made by experts from the universities of Southampton and Liverpool. The new materials, which have sponge-like holes, were developed using powerful computer simulations.

Physics - Innovation - 20.05.2024
Scientists make quantum breakthrough in 2D materials
Scientists have discovered that a 'single atomic defect' in a layered 2D material can hold onto quantum information for microseconds at room temperature, underscoring the potential of 2D materials in advancing quantum technologies. The defect, found by researchers from the Universities of Manchester and Cambridge using a thin material called Hexagonal Boron Nitride (hBN) , demonstrates spin coherence-a property where an electronic spin can retain quantum information- under ambient conditions.

Physics - Computer Science - 07.05.2024
Quantum breakthrough: World’s purest silicon brings scientists one step closer to scaling up quantum computers
More than 100 years ago, scientists at The University of Manchester changed the world when they discovered the nucleus in atoms, marking the birth of nuclear physics. Fast forward to today, and history repeats itself, this time in quantum computing.

Physics - Materials Science - 25.04.2024
Novel One-Dimensional Superconductor
Novel One-Dimensional Superconductor
In a significant development in the field of superconductivity, researchers at The University of Manchester have successfully achieved robust superconductivity in high magnetic fields using a newly created one-dimensional (1D) system. This breakthrough offers a promising pathway to achieving superconductivity in the quantum Hall regime, a longstanding challenge in condensed matter physics.

Astronomy / Space - Physics - 08.04.2024
Lovell telescope detects unprecedented behaviour from nearby magnetar
The two studies uses data from the Effelsberg radio telescope in Germany (left), the Lovell telescope in the UK (middle), and Murriyang, the Parkes radio telescope in Australia (right). Norbert Junkes / Mike Peel / Marcus Lower An international team of astronomers have made a significant breakthrough in understanding the unprecedented behaviour of a previously dormant star with a powerful magnetic field.

Astronomy / Space - Physics - 08.04.2024
University of Glasgow researchers part of collaboration behind new gravitational wave detection
Researchers from the University of Glasgow are part of the international collaboration behind the detection of a gravitational wave signal which casts new light on the diversity of cosmic objects. In a paper presented at a meeting of the American Physical Society on Friday 5 April, researchers from LIGO-VIRGO-Kagra collaboration revealed a remarkable new gravitational wave signal detected in May last year.

Astronomy / Space - Physics - 02.04.2024
Researchers make most precise ever measurement of expanding Universe
Researchers make most precise ever measurement of expanding Universe
The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) collaboration, led by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the US and involving UCL researchers, has made the most precise measurements to date of how fast the universe has expanded throughout its history. The analysis, based on the largest 3D map of the cosmos ever created with just the first year of data from DESI, confirms the basics of our current best model of the universe - with some tantalising areas to explore with more data.

Astronomy / Space - Physics - 27.03.2024
’Cosmic Cannibals’ expel jets into space at 40% speed of light
Astronomers including those at the University of Warwick, have observed jets of matter being expelled into space at more than one-third the speed of light. These jets play an important role in the universe, from forming stars to transporting elements deep into space. Jets are produced by many different astronomical objects but studying them is hard, as they are so energetic.

Physics - Life Sciences - 21.03.2024
High speed protein movies to aid drug design
High speed protein movies to aid drug design
Researchers from the University of Southampton have developed technology to help scientists observe proteins in motion. Understanding how proteins move will allow novel drugs to be designed. X-ray crystallography is a scientific method which produces a 3D picture of molecules with exquisite, atomic-level detail.

Physics - 07.03.2024
Quantum imaging could create bright future for advanced microscopes
The unique properties of quantum physics could help solve a longstanding problem that prevents microscopes from producing sharper images at the smallest scales, researchers say. The breakthrough, which uses entangled photons to create a new method of correcting for image distortion in microscopes, could lead to improved classical microscope imaging of tissue samples to help advance medical research.

Astronomy / Space - Physics - 06.03.2024
Astrophysicists unveil new phenomenon challenging textbook definition of white dwarf stars
Scientists have revealed why some white dwarfs mysteriously stop cooling - changing ideas on just how old stars really are, and what happens to them when they die. White dwarf stars are universally believed to be 'dead stars' that continuously cool down over time. However, in 2019, data from the European Space Agency's (ESA's) Gaia satellite discovered a population of white dwarf stars that have stopped cooling for more than eight billion years.

Physics - Environment - 01.03.2024
Scientists make nanoparticles dance to unravel quantum limits
Two optically trapped nanoparticles are coupled together by photons bouncing back and forth between mirrors The image shows two nanoparticles (green) trapped by optical tweezers / laser beams (red) and placed in between two mirrors (white) which forms an optical cavity (periodic blue blobs). The photons scattered by the nanoparticles (squiggly purple arrows) are trapped in the cavity, resulting in an interaction between the two nanoparticles (straight purple line).

Physics - Astronomy / Space - 26.02.2024
Scientists closer to solving mysteries of universe after measuring gravity in quantum world
Scientists closer to solving mysteries of universe after measuring gravity in quantum world
Scientists are a step closer to unravelling the mysterious forces of the universe after working out how to measure gravity on a microscopic level. Experts have never fully understood how the force which was discovered by Isaac Newton works in the tiny quantum world. Even Einstein was baffled by quantum gravity and, in his theory of general relativity, said there is no realistic experiment which could show a quantum version of gravity.
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