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Polarons, bubbles of distortion in a perovskite lattice.

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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
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Theory suggests that quantum critical points may be analogous to black holes as places where all sorts of strange phenomena can exist in a...

Illustration of changes in charge stripes as a superconductor approaches a quantum critical point

Researchers have invented a way to slide atomically-thin layers of 2D materials over one another to store more data, in less space and using...

Illustration of experimental technology that stores data by shifting atomically thin layers of metal
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A new lithium-based electrolyte invented by Stanford University scientists could pave the way for the next generation of battery-powered electric vehicles.

Photo of vials containing new electrolyte for lithium metal batteries
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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
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Turning a brittle oxide into a flexible membrane and stretching it on a tiny apparatus flipped it from a conducting to an insulating state...

Close up of strain pattern produced by stretching membrane
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A better way to build diamonds

With the right amount of pressure and surprisingly little heat, a substance found in fossil fuels can transform into pure diamond.

Scientist holding diamondoid molecule moldels
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Discovered at SLAC and Stanford, this new class of unconventional superconductors is starting to give up its secrets – including a surprising 3D metallic...

Graphic showing electronic structure of nickelate superconductor
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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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Computer simulations yield a much more accurate picture of these states of matter.

Illustration of a Monte Carlo simulation
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The Hubbard model, used to understand electron behavior in numerous quantum materials, now shows us its stripes, and superconductivity too, in simulations for cuprate...

Diagram of electrons moving to neighboring atoms in Hubbard model
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Made with ‘Jenga chemistry,’ the discovery could help crack the mystery of how high-temperature superconductors work.

Illustration of 'Jenga chemistry' step of making new superconductor