physics

Q-FARM initiative to bolster quantum research at Stanford-SLAC

The newly launched Quantum Fundamentals, ARchitecture and Machines initiative will build upon existing strengths in theoretical and experimental quantum science and engineering at Stanford and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

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Tangled magnetic fields power cosmic particle accelerators

SLAC scientists find a new way to explain how a black hole’s plasma jets boost particles to the highest energies observed in the universe. The results could also prove useful for fusion and accelerator research on Earth.

How bacterial communities transport nutrients

Figuring out how bacteria bring in nutrients could point to ways of killing them without poison. This research could also reveal how small organisms cooperate by generating networks of flow patterns.

Tiny light detectors work like gecko ears

By structuring nanowires in a way that mimics geckos’ ears, researchers have found a way to record the incoming angle of light. This technology could have applications in robotic vision, photography and augmented reality.