Condensed-Matter Physics

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September 10, 2020
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For decades Z-X Shen has ridden a wave of curiosity about the strange behavior of electrons that can levitate magnets.
Portrait of Stanford and SLAC Professor Z-X Shen
August 31, 2020
News Feature
Theory suggests that quantum critical points may be analogous to black holes as places where all sorts of strange phenomena can exist in a quantum material. Now scientists are trying to pin down where this particular quantum critical point might be.
Illustration of changes in charge stripes as a superconductor approaches a quantum critical point
August 5, 2020
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Researchers developed a way to measure the basic properties of matter at the highest pressures thus far achieved in a controlled laboratory experiment.
White dwarf
July 2, 2020
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New research could offer insights into the formation of planets like Earth and inform the design of more resilient materials.
Iron impact header
June 16, 2020
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It could offer insights into the evolution of planetary systems and guide scientists hoping to harness nuclear fusion as a new source of energy.
Scattered photons
May 18, 2020
News Feature
Learning how liquid silicates behave at these extreme temperatures and pressures has been a longstanding challenge in the geosciences.
liquid silicates
May 15, 2020
News Feature
The advance opens a path toward a new generation of logic and memory devices that could be 10,000 times faster than today's.
Fanciful illustration based on electron orbitals
April 2, 2020
News Feature
Turning a brittle oxide into a flexible membrane and stretching it on a tiny apparatus flipped it from a conducting to an insulating state and changed its magnetic properties. The technique can be used to study and design a broad range of materials for use in things like sensors and detectors.
Close up of strain pattern produced by stretching membrane
January 20, 2020
News Brief
Discovered at SLAC and Stanford, this new class of unconventional superconductors is starting to give up its secrets – including a surprising 3D metallic state.
Graphic showing electronic structure of nickelate superconductor
December 3, 2019
News Feature
It reveals an abrupt transition in cuprates where particles give up their individuality. The results flip a popular theory on its head.
Illustration of abrupt transition in normal state of a cuprate

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