Magnetic field turns handed superconductor into liquid crystal-like nematic state
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter (MPSD) in Hamburg and RWTH Aachen University have suggested a surprising connection between the nematic behavior of a superconductor in a magnetic field — a state that resembles liquid crystals used in LCDs — a ... more
Trapped photons make strontium titanate ferroelectric
Photons trapped in a cavity can cause a crystal known as strontium titanate (SrTiO₃) to become ferroelectric, according to a new study by the MPSD’s theory group. The photons that are randomly created and destructed in the vacuum of a cavity – as determined by the laws of quantum mechanics ... more
Team tracks real-time molecular motions
The efficiency of solar cells can be significantly increased with a certain physical effect. A research team has now observed in detail for the first time how molecular movements influence this effect.
Researchers from the Fritz Haber Institute (FHI) in Berlin, the Max Planck Institute for ... more