Physics

Zinc oxide

Zinc oxide: It’s not just for sunscreen and diaper cream!

For many, zinc oxide conjures images of bright stripes down lifeguards' noses. But for researchers in Concordia's Faculty of Arts and Science, ZnO is an...
How do six-sided snowflakes form

Answer: How do six-sided snowflakes form?

More than 400 years ago, renowned mathematician and scientist Johannes Kepler speculated about the creation of one of nature's most angelic and unique shapes:...
Biggest X-Ray Laser in the World Generates its First Laser Light

Biggest X-ray laser in the world generates its first laser light

The European XFEL, the biggest X-ray laser in the world, has reached the last major milestone before the official opening in September. The 3.4 km...
Light has new capacity for electronics

Light has new capacity for electronics

Characters in some of the more futuristic science fiction films, like "Minority Report" and "Iron Man," control computer displays with slick and deliberate hand...
New 2-D materials could conduct electricity at almost the speed of light

New 2-D materials could conduct electricity at almost the speed of light

Physicists have fabricated new two-dimensional quantum materials with breakthrough electrical and magnetic attributes that could make them building blocks of future quantum computers and...
Penn Researchers Provide New Insight Into Dark Matter Halos

Penn researchers provide new insight into dark matter halos

Research from the University of Pennsylvania could shed light on the distribution of one of the most mysterious substances in the universe. In the 1970s,...
Columbia engineers invent method to control light propagation in waveguides

Columbia engineers invent method to control light propagation in waveguides

A team of Columbia Engineering researchers, led by Applied Physics Assistant Professor Nanfang Yu, has invented a method to control light propagating in confined...
Discovery of a source of fast magnetic reconnection

Discovery of a source of fast magnetic reconnection

Magnetic reconnection, a universal process that triggers solar flares and northern lights and can disrupt cell phone service and fusion experiments, occurs much faster...
The physics of wealth inequality

The physics of wealth inequality

A Duke University professor has proposed an explanation for why the income disparity in America between the rich and poor continues to grow. It is,...
Unexpected, star-spangled find may lead to advanced electronics

Unexpected, star-spangled find may lead to advanced electronics

For several years, a team of researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas has investigated various materials in search of those whose electrical...