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Materials scientists watch electrons "melt"

When a skier rushes down a ski slope or a skater glides across an ice rink, a very thin melted layer of liquid water forms on the surface of the ice crystals, which allows for a smooth glide instead of a rough skid. In a recent experiment, scientists have discovered that the interface between the surface and bulk electronic structures of certain crystalline materials can act in much the same way.

Nov 22nd, 2011

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Ultrakalte Atome an Nano-Membran gekoppelt

Winzige mechanische Oszillatoren sind interessante Objekte, um die Grenze zwischen klassischer und Quantenphysik auszuloten. Forschern der Universitaet Basel ist es gelungen, eine nur 50 Nanometer dicke Membran und ultrakalte Atome aneinander zu koppeln.

Nov 22nd, 2011

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When it comes to churning out electrons, metal glass beats plastics

Field emission devices, which produce a steady stream of electrons, have a host of consumer, industrial, and research applications. Recent designs based on nanotubes and other nanomaterials embedded in plastics show initial promise, but have a number of drawbacks that hinder their wide-scale application. Researchers developed a promising and easily manufactured replacement for plastics: amorphous bulk metallic glass.

Nov 21st, 2011

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Tunnelling electrons under the microscope

Scientists have proved three years ago that so-called tunnelling ionization in helium atoms takes place without any appreciable time delay. They have now shown this is also true for more complex atoms. However, there are several significant effects that need to be taken into account here.

Nov 21st, 2011

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