Physics

Hannah Williams is a postdoctoral researcher in experimental atomic physics at the Institut d’Optique, just south of Paris, France. This post is part of a series on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the personal and professional lives of physicists around the world. If you’d like to share your own perspective, please contact us at pwld@ioppublishing.org.  Making
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Benjamin Nelms is an inventor, scientist, and entrepreneur in the radiation therapy industry. Since 2005, Ben’s company called Canis Lupus LLC has invented, designed, and commercialized a host of products across multiple vendors. In 2016, Ben co-founded the company ProKnow to bring ‘big data’ analytics and vital cloud-based capabilities to the field of radiation oncology.
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Mercuric researchers: Georgia Tech’s Thomas Orlando (left) Brant Jones. (Courtesy: Rob Felt) Some of the ice on Mercury is created by chemical reactions triggered by the planet’s extreme daytime heat according to Brant Jones and Thomas Orlando at the Georgia Institute of Technology and NASA’s Menelaos Sarantos.  The trio discovered the process by modelling the
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Most of the time science appears in the media – including in this podcast – the focus is on the scientific results. Rightly so, as scientific research consistently delivers inspiring breakthroughs. But this type of coverage can present an idealised version of science. Researchers are presented as dispassionate beings working together seamlessly to uncover the
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“Bacteria always find new ways to manipulate their environment to protect themselves,” says Harshitha Kotian, a PhD candidate at the Indian Institute of Science. Like many physics students, Kotian once thought research on bacteria and antibiotics should be left to the biologists and chemists. Now she’s part of an interdisciplinary research team that recently uncovered
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Bill Atkinson is a professor at Trent University in Canada This post is part of a series on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the personal and professional lives of physicists around the world. If you’d like to share your own perspective, please contact us at pwld@ioppublishing.org.  Seasonal renewal: Bill Atkinson enjoys the first signs of
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Forward thinker: physicist Philip Anderson made a vital contribution to our understanding of how electrons move in solids. (Courtesy: P W Anderson via Wikimedia Commons) The US condensed-matter physicist Philip Warren Anderson died yesterday aged 96. One of the most celebrated condensed-matter physicists of his generation, Anderson’s theoretical research into the electronic structure of magnetic
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Formation of defect-pairs in GaN under high-energy particle irradiation. Courtesy: S Chen Gallium nitride (GaN) is the world’s second-favourite semiconductor, present in devices ranging from light-emitting diodes and photodetectors to high-temperature electron mobility transistors. When these devices are exposed to irradiation from high-energy particles – as they often are in fields such as satellite communications,
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Taken from the March 2020 issue of Physics World. Members of the Institute of Physics can enjoy the full issue via the Physics World app. (Courtesy: Cather Simpson) What skills do you use every day in your job? At Engender Technologies, our technology is physics-based, so that’s our most critical expertise. Microfluidics and light–matter interactions are
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Joanne O’Meara is a professor and second year coordinator at the University of Guelph in Canada This post is part of a series on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the personal and professional lives of physicists around the world. If you’d like to share your own perspective, please contact us at pwld@ioppublishing.org.  Video shoot: Joanne
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Taken from the March 2020 issue of Physics World. Members of the Institute of Physics can enjoy the full issue via the Physics World app. Libby Jackson is human exploration programme manager at the UK Space Agency. Jackson is one of 10 physicists profiled in the March issue of Physics World to launch our new Ask Me
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