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Jane Wang develops simulation to study how fruit flies sense and react during flight

fruit fly physics

Jane Wang used simulations of fruit fly flight to uncover how fast they must sense and react to maintain balance.

Itai Cohen's origami research featured in New York Times

Miura-ori by Koryo Miura

Itai Cohen’s research into origami mechanics and reprogammable materials has led to articles this week in Science and the

Davis group reveals that magnetism makes Cooper pairs

Quasiparticle interference imaging of heavy fermions reveals the momentum-space structure of the f-electron magnetism in CeCoIn5.

Séamus Davis's group have finally supplied the first experimental proof that magnetic interactions mediate Cooper pairs.

Mellnik and Ralph pioneer use of spin torque in efficient computer memory

The atomic layers of the topological insulator bismuth selenide are visible in this high-resolution electron microscope image

Alex Mellnik and Dan Ralph, in partnership with Nitin Samarth at Penn State, have a novel approach to computer memory they call a "topological insulator." Using the spin orientation of electrons th

Vaezi advances the quest for quantum computing

Schematic setup of a fractional topological superconductor.

Abolhassan Vaezi, Bethe posdoctoral fellow in LASSP, has come up with a key piece of the theoretical puzzle in the quest for quantum computing.

Remembering Geoffrey Chester

Geoffrey Chester

Geoffrey V. Chester, professor emeritus of physics and dean emeritus of Cornell’s College of Arts and Sciences, died June 27 at age 86 in Ithaca.

Christopher L. Henley Symposium - September 12, 2014

Christopher Henley Symposium Sept 12, 2014

Announcing a Symposium and Celebration for the 59th birthday of Professor Christopher L. Henley.

Mak, McEuen & McGill test out new semiconductor

Atoms of molybdenum (gray) and sulfur (yellow) are shown in a two-dimensional crystal formation

Kin Fai Mak, Paul McEuen, Jiwoong Park (chemistry and chemical biology) and Kathryn McGill have tested out molybdenum disulfide as a seminconductor with the potential to create smaller, more effici

Matthew Paszek links sugar coating of cancer cells to their enhanced survival

cancer cells

Matthew Paszek, now assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Cornell, recently published work from his days as a postdoctoral fellow in LASSP, studying cancer cells.

Matthew Reichl and Erich Mueller describe new way for lasers to generate flow in atomic clouds

atoms conduct along boundary of topological insulator system

Recent theoretical work by Reichl and Mueller (to be published in Physical Review A) describes how to engineer and probe an exotic state of matter called a "topological insulator" in a gas


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