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Items tagged with "phonons"

Two hexagonal grids are twisted relative to each other to create hexagonal snowflake-like repeating patterns against a blue background.
October 18, 2021

Graphene’s Magic Act Relies on a Small Twist

Carbon is not the shiniest element, nor the most reactive, nor the rarest. But it is one of the most versatile.

A computer generated graphic showing intersecting blue beams holding pink cigar shaped tubes that represent atoms levitated in the optical cavity by laser beams.
July 30, 2020

Quantum Simulation Stars Light in the Role of Sound

Inside a material, such as an insulator, semiconductor or superconductor, a complex drama unfolds that determines the physical properties. Physicists work to observe these scenes and recreate the script that the actors—electrons, atoms and other particles—play out. It is no surprise that electrons are most frequently the stars in the stories behind electrical properties. But there is an important supporting actor that usually doesn’t get a fair share of the limelight.