Category archives: Quantum physics

Quantum physics: our study suggests objective reality doesn’t exist

Quantum physics: our study suggests objective reality doesn’t exist

Quantum physics

By Invited Researcher

Alternative facts are spreading like a virus across society. Now it seems they have even infected science – at least the quantum realm. This may seem counter intuitive. The scientific method is after all founded on the reliable notions of observation, measurement and repeatability. A fact, as established by a measurement, should be objective, such […]

A theory of spin hall magnetoresistance to study magnetism at interfaces

A theory of spin hall magnetoresistance to study magnetism at interfaces

Condensed matterMaterialsQuantum physicsTheoretical physics

By DIPC

The interactions between moving charges and magnetic fields can be quite complicated; more if we consider the quantum effects. One example is the collection of Hall effects. Imagine that we have a conductor or a semiconductor through which a current is flowing. Then we apply a strong transverse magnetic field. As a result, we can […]

Inverse-square law interaction at the nanoscale

Inverse-square law interaction at the nanoscale

Condensed matterQuantum physicsTheoretical physics

By DIPC

Any physical law in which the magnitude of a physical quantity is proportional to the reciprocal of the square of the distance (1/r2) from the source of that property is known as an inverse-square law. Newton’s law of gravitation and Coulomb’s law are both examples. When Newton proposed his law of gravitation in his Philosophiæ […]

Tensor networks everywhere

Tensor networks everywhere

Condensed matterQuantum physics

By DIPC

Originally developed in the context of condensed-matter physics and based on renormalization group ideas, tensor networks have been revived thanks to quantum information theory and the progress in understanding the role of entanglement in quantum many-body systems. Ikerbasque Research Professor Román Orús, one of the world foremost authorities in the field, has just published in […]

Using an optical antenna to launch phonon polaritons in a low-dimensional van der Waals crystal

Using an optical antenna to launch phonon polaritons in a low-dimensional van der Waals crystal

Condensed matterMaterialsNanotechnologyQuantum physics

By DIPC

The so-called van der Waals materials consist of two-dimensional layers bound by weak van der Waals forces. After the isolation of graphene, the field of two-dimensional van der Waals materials has experienced an explosive growth and new families of two-dimensional systems and block-layered bulk materials have been created. This growth has been fueled mainly by […]

The extreme nanophotonics of the plasmonic nanopatch

The extreme nanophotonics of the plasmonic nanopatch

Condensed matterMaterialsNanotechnologyQuantum physics

By DIPC

For centuries, metals were employed in optical applications only as mirrors and gratings. New vistas opened up in the late 1970s and early 1980s with the discovery of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) and the use of surface plasmon (collective electronic oscillations at the surface of metals) resonances for sensing. In a simplified picture and in […]