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July 10, 2017
Neutrons detect elusive Higgs amplitude mode in quantum material
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A team led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has used sophisticated neutron scattering techniques to detect an elusive quantum state known as the Higgs amplitude mode in a two-dimensional material. The Higgs amplitude mode is a condensed matter cousin of the Higgs boson, the storied quantum particle theorized in the 1960s and proven experimentally in 2012. It is one of a number of quirky, collective modes of matter found in materials at the quantum level. By studying thes ... read more

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Groundbreaking discovery confirms existence of orbiting supermassive black holes
For the first time ever, astronomers at The University of New Mexico say they've been able to observe and measure the orbital motion between two supermassive black holes hundreds of millions of ligh ... more
Extremely fine measurements of motion in orbiting supermassive black holes
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Astronomers detect orbital motion in pair of supermassive black holes
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Shining light on low-energy electrons
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