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Particle physicists discuss JUNO neutrino experiment
The construction of the facilities for the JUNO neutrino experiment has been initiated with an official groundbreaking ceremony near the south Chinese city of Jiangmen. Involved in the Jiangmen Underground Neutrino Observatory (JUNO) will be more than fifty institutions from China, the US and Europe - with six from Germany alone. Starting in 2020, JUNO will begin to produce new information about the particle characteristics of the neutrino. "The aim of JUNO is to precisely measure the oscillations of neutrinos for the purpose of investigating one of the major issues in neutrino physics today - the sequence or hierarchy of neutrino masses," explains Prof. Michael Wurm of the Institute of Physics at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU). He is acting as one of the German JUNO partners and was at the site to watch the start of work on the underground lab.
Phys.org: General Physics News, Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:04:02 GMT

New pathway to valleytronics
A potential avenue to quantum computing currently generating quite the buzz in the high-tech industry is "valleytronics," in which information is coded based on the wavelike motion of electrons moving through certain two-dimensional (2D) semiconductors. Now, a promising new pathway to valleytronic technology has been uncovered by researchers with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab).
Phys.org: General Physics News, Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:04:02 GMT

Broadest set of results to date about the properties of the Higgs boson
With the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) preparing to restart in a few months, data from its first run has already been bearing fruit.
Phys.org: General Physics News, Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:04:02 GMT

New portable vacuum standard
A novel Portable Vacuum Standard (PVS) has been added to the roster of NIST's Standard Reference Instruments (SRI). It is now available for purchase as part of NIST's ongoing commitment to disseminate measurement standards and thereby reduce the need for the expensive and time-consuming process of transporting customer instruments to NIST for calibration.
Phys.org: General Physics News, Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:04:02 GMT

Researchers use sound to slow down, speed up, and block light
How do you make an optical fiber transmit light only one way? Researchers have experimentally demonstrated, for the first time, the phenomenon of Brillouin Scattering Induced Transparency (BSIT), which can be used to slow down, speed up, and block light in an optical waveguide. The BSIT phenomenon permits light to travel in the forward direction while light traveling in the backward direction is strongly absorbed. This non-reciprocal behavior is essential for building isolators and circulators.
Physics News -- ScienceDaily, Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:04:02 GMT

Nanoscale mirrored cavities amplify, connect quantum memories
Constructing tiny "mirrors" to trap light increases the efficiency with which photons can pick up and transmit information about electronic spin states -- which is essential for scaling up quantum memories for functional quantum computing systems and networks.
Physics News -- ScienceDaily, Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:04:02 GMT

Researchers tune friction in ionic solids at the nanoscale
New experiments have uncovered a way of controlling friction on ionic surfaces at the nanoscale using electrical stimulation and ambient water vapor.
Physics News -- ScienceDaily, Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:04:02 GMT

Climate-change denier given top Brazilian science job
Appointment of Aldo Rebelo gets mixed response from Brazil's scientific community
physicsworld.com: news, Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:04:02 GMT

Heart-muscle model could help pinpoint regions of atrial fibrillation
Research could lead to better surgical treatments for preventing strokes
physicsworld.com: news, Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:04:02 GMT

Rosetta data deluge reveals dynamic comet with sand dunes and jets
Measurements show 67P differs from previously studied comets in same class
physicsworld.com: news, Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:04:02 GMT

Researchers use sound to slow down, speed up, and block light
How do you make an optical fiber transmit light only one way? Researchers have experimentally demonstrated, for the first time, the phenomenon of Brillouin Scattering Induced Transparency (BSIT), which can be used to slow down, speed up, and block light in an optical waveguide. The BSIT phenomenon permits light to travel in the forward direction while light traveling in the backward direction is strongly absorbed. This non-reciprocal behavior is essential for building isolators and circulators.
Physics News -- ScienceDaily, Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:04:02 GMT

Nanoscale mirrored cavities amplify, connect quantum memories
Constructing tiny "mirrors" to trap light increases the efficiency with which photons can pick up and transmit information about electronic spin states -- which is essential for scaling up quantum memories for functional quantum computing systems and networks.
Physics News -- ScienceDaily, Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:04:02 GMT

Researchers tune friction in ionic solids at the nanoscale
New experiments have uncovered a way of controlling friction on ionic surfaces at the nanoscale using electrical stimulation and ambient water vapor.
Physics News -- ScienceDaily, Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:04:02 GMT

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