Scientists have performed a unique experiment involving the optical manipulation of individual Abrikosov vortices in a superconductor. This raises the possibility of designing new logic units based on quantum principles for use in supercomputers.
Scientists have invented a new way to probe the valence electrons of atoms deep inside a crystalline solid, using laser light to excite, steer, and bounce the valence electrons off other atoms, giving clues to the material's atomic structure and function.
Researchers have revealed new atomic-scale details about pesky deposits that can stop or slow chemical reactions vital to fuel production and other processes. This disruption to reactions is known as deactivation or poisoning.