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Dark Energy Survey physicists open new window into dark energy

The universe is expanding at an ever-increasing rate, and while no one is sure why, researchers with the Dark Energy Survey (DES) at least had a strategy for figuring it out: They would combine measurements of the distribution of matter, galaxies and galaxy clusters to better understand what’s going on.

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First closeups of how a lithium-metal electrode ages

Scientists have documented a process that makes these next-gen batteries lose charge – and eventually some of their capacity for storing energy – even when a device is turned off.

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A new hands-off probe uses light to explore the subtleties of electron behavior in a topological insulator

Just as pressing a guitar string produces a higher pitch, sending laser light through a material can shift it to higher energies and higher frequencies. Now scientists have discovered how to use this phenomenon to explore quantum materials in a new and much more detailed way.

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Two Stanford scholars have been named American Physical Society Fellows

Stanford scholars James Cryan and Alison Marsden have been honored by the American Physical Society as 2020 American Physical Society Fellows.

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Scientists launch quest to develop quantum sensors for probing quantum materials

SLAC and Stanford partner with two Illinois universities to create the Center for Quantum Sensing and Quantum Materials, which aims to unravel mysteries associated with exotic superconductors, topological insulators and strange metals.

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A day in the life of a SLAC machine maker

At the Machine Shop, Pete Franco crafts beautiful, intricate and precise parts for the lab’s latest scientific tools.

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