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The beginning of the end of order

Classical physics states that a crystal consists of perfectly ordered particles from a continuous symmetrical atomic structure. The Mermin-Wagner theorem from 1966 broke with this view: it states that in one-dimensional and two-dimensional atomic structures (for example in an atomic chain or membrane) there cannot be perfect ordering of particles over long ranges.

Posted: Mar 30th, 2017

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Nanomagnets for future data storage

An international team of researchers has developed a method for depositing single magnetisable atoms onto a surface. This is especially interesting for the development of new miniature data storage devices.

Posted: Mar 30th, 2017

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Watching atoms race

Scientists have been able to observe the movement of a one-dimensional material in real-time. Their research confirms that the acceleration of the atoms could leave even a Porsche standing.

Posted: Mar 30th, 2017

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Stretchy silver for flexible phones

Working with silver nanowires just a few hundred atoms thick, researchers discovered that they could make wires that were both super-strong and stretchy like gum.

Posted: Mar 29th, 2017

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