physics

Drag can lift birds to new heights

Recordings of birds taking off and landing have revealed that conventional ideas about the role of lift and drag during flight might need revisiting. The work could influence the design of aerial robotics.

Life-changing first glimpse of a laser

Physicist Robert Byer worked on lasers when they were still just an interesting technology, never imagining their myriad modern uses or how they would affect his life.

Precision physics with ‘tabletop’ experiments

With the future of large particle accelerators uncertain, Stanford theorists are exploring the use of smaller, more precise “tabletop” experiments to investigate fundamental questions in physics.

A different kind of gravitational wave detector

Stanford physicists are helping develop a device that turns frozen, falling atoms into an exquisitely sensitive gravitational wave detector that could provide a new glimpse into the most energetic and oldest events in the universe.

A radio that searches for dark matter

An “out there” theory inspired the development of the Dark Matter Radio, a device that could explain the mysterious matter that makes up 85 percent of the mass of our universe.

Making physics more inclusive

Physics faculty and students are working together to make their department a more inclusive community through clubs, courses and events.

New quantum trick for graphene: magnetism

Physicists were stunned when two twisted sheets of graphene showed signs of superconductivity. Now Stanford scientists have shown that the wonder material also generates a type of magnetism once only dreamed of theoretically.