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Neutron stars collision observed for the first time
Gravity waves

Hubble's constant measured

Heavy particles production

Physics World
  Astronomers have made one of the biggest breakthroughs of the decade after detecting both gravitational waves and gamma rays from the merger of two neutron stars
  Announced today at a co-ordinated set of media briefings in Washington DC, London, and elsewhere, the detection was made on 17 August, with the gravitational waves spotted by the LIGO–Virgo collaboration and the gamma rays picked up by the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope

  The observations prompted astronomers to point dozens of different telescopes and detectors around the world, and in space, at the origin of the signals in a distant galaxy
  Together, these facilities captured radiation from the aftermath of the merger across the electromagnetic spectrum from gamma rays to radio waves


Neutron stars collision gives a wealth of physics


Time crystals built in the lab
Wrinkles in time

Time crystals created

Physics World
  Two independent groups of physicists in the US have built what they describe as "time crystals" — systems of interacting particles that are driven by a periodic force but which appear to oscillate autonomously, the researchers report that their systems seem to break what is known as discrete time symmetry
  To create their time crystal, Monroe and colleagues used trapped ions. They exposed around a dozen strongly interacting ytterbium-ion spins to a sequence of periodic laser pulses. These pulses drove the system at a particular rate, while additional laser beams added randomness to each spin's rotation — creating disorder that prevented the system from heating up
  The researchers found that the oscillation period of the spins remained at the expected, fixed value — and, crucially, that it did so even when the pulse period changed slightly. “That is the smoking gun,” says Monroe. “It is a property of the system, like the fixed lattice of a crystal”


Time crystals built in the lab


Scorpius NGC 6357 revealed in detail : composite imaging
Composite imaging

Scorpius NGC 6357 in detail

CERN News
  This composite multi-wavelength image invokes thoughts of a frosty winter landscape. In reality, it is a rather hot place in our Galaxy about 5500 light-years from Earth in the constellation Scorpius
  The region called NGC 6357 is an association of at least three clusters of young stars, including many hot, massive luminous stars
  The purple-coded X-ray emission is based on observations from the Chandra X-ray Observatory and from the earlier ROSAT satellite, and reveals hundreds of point sources, which are young stars, as well as diffuse emission from hot interstellar gas bubbles
  The orange-coded infrared observations from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope trace dusty filaments of cold gas surrounding these cavities, while blue is used for the optical emission observed by the UK Infrared Telescope. Such star-forming clouds are called “HII” (pronounced “H-two”) regions, because the intense UV emission of the newborn stars photo-ionises the hydrogen gas


Scorpius constellation revealed in detail


Brain function linked to entropy : new findings
Consciousness

Brain function linked to entropy

Physics World
  Consciousness appears to arise naturally as a result of a brain maximizing its information content

  So says a group of scientists in Canada and France, which has studied how the electrical activity in people's brains varies according to individuals' conscious states

  The researchers find that normal waking states are associated with maximum values of what they call a brain's "entropy"

  The latest work stems from the observation that consciousness, or at least the proper functioning of brains, is associated not with high or even low degrees of synchronicity between neurons but by middling amounts
  Jose Luis Perez Velazquez, a biochemist at the University of Toronto, and colleagues hypothesized that what is maximized during consciousness is not connectivity itself but the number of different ways that a certain degree of connectivity can be achieved


Brain function linked to entropy


Black holes merge : LIGO observes gravitational wave
LIGO

Black holes merge,
detects Gravity waves

CERN News
  Twenty years of designing, building and testing innovative technologies, with the strong belief that the endeavour would lead to a historic breakthrough, have come to fruition in the first direct detection of gravitational waves

  The discovery opens two new areas of research for physics. One is on the general-relativity theory itself. Gravitational waves are a powerful way of testing the heart of the theory by investigating the strong-field realm of gravitational physics. Even with just this first event — the merging of two black holes — we have created a true laboratory where you can study all of this, and understanding general relativity at an absolutely fundamental level is now opening up

  The second huge consequence of the discovery is that we can now look at the universe with a completely new "telescope". So far, we have used and built all kinds of telescopes: infrared, ultraviolet, radio, optical … And the idea of recent years has been to look at the same things in different bandwidths


Gravity waves detected as Black holes merge


LIGO observes gravitaional wave
LIGO

observes Gravity waves

Physics World
Results and data from the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (aLIGO) collaboration - which revealed last week that it had observed a gravitational wave for the first time – are already providing astronomers and cosmologists the world over with previously unknown information about our universe

While the current results have posed intriguing questions for astronomers regarding binary black-hole systems, gravitational-wave astronomy will also revolutionize our understanding of the universe during its infancy, according to cosmologist and Perimeter Institute director Neil Turok.

Gravitational waves discovered


Our Milky Way's Black hole magnetic fields
Our Milky Way's

Black hole magnetic fields

Physics World
The first direct evidence of magnetic fields near a black hole has been found by researchers using the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), who have seen such fields around Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*) − the black hole at the centre of our Milky Way galaxy

While such magnetic fields have long been predicted, this is the first time that they have been detected close to the "event horizon" of the black hole

Magnetic fields near a black hole are thought to power the huge relativistic jets that emerge from many accreting black holes and blast across thousands of light-years − shaping entire galaxies along the way

Milky Way's black hole magnetic fields


New matter state
Optical property

Exceptional points

Physics World
A material with exotic optical properties that make it both transparent and reflective to light has been created by physicists in the US and Singapore.

The material, which resembles a thin piece of glass with tiny holes drilled in it, could be used to boost the output of some lasers and detect extremely small quantities of biological and chemical materials

Dirac Cone


New matter state
New matter state

Bucky balls

Physics World
A new type of metallic state of matter has been discovered by an international team of researchers studying a superconductor made from carbon-60 molecules or "buckyballs"
The team found the new state after changing the distance between neighbouring buckyballs by doping the material with rubidium. The study reveals that the material has a rich combination of insulating, magnetic, metallic and superconducting phases – including the hitherto unknown state, which the researchers have dub a “Jahn–Teller metal”

New matter state


Double slit thought experiment
Quantum foundations

Einstein-Bohr

Physics World
Physicists using the SOLEIL synchrotron in France are the closest yet to realizing a thought experiment first proposed in 1927 by Albert Einstein. A variation on the much-loved double-slit experiment, the measurement confirms an aspect of quantum theory that Einstein had sought to discredit. The SOLEIL experiment uses two excited atoms in place of the two slits of Einstein's experiment and shows that when one can determine which atom has emitted an electron, a quantum interference pattern vanishes
Double slit thought experiment


Planck updates WMAP in more detail
Cosmology

Particle physics

Physics World
As with WMAP, the previous CMB space-based mission, Planck has found almost perfect agreement with inflationary models and the standard model of cosmology
Known as "lambda-CMD" (lambda cold dark matter), this model describes a flat, homogenous universe dominated by dark matter and dark energy

"There is little doubt that we have now uncovered a fundamental truth of the universe,"says George Efstathiou of the University of Cambridge, speaking at the ESA press conference

Planck updates WMAP


Planck data may support Supersymmetry SUSY
Cosmology

Particle physics

Physics World
Back in March, the team behind the European Space Agency's Planck telescope released the most accurate map to date of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) – the relic radiation left over from the Big Bang
As well as putting tighter constraints on the age of the universe and its contents, the findings also strongly support the idea that the early universe underwent a rapid growth spurt known as inflation
In the first tiny fraction of a second, the infant universe swelled by a factor of 1078.
Physicists' simplest explanation is that a single field – the inflaton – provided the mechanism for this exponential increase. Natural quantum fluctuations within the inflaton would have been blown up too and are now imprinted as the speckled temperature variations seen in Planck's CMB map

Planck telescope


Experts answer audience questions at the Perimeter Institute
Quantum gravity

Perimeter Institute
Audience night
Questions from the audience to various experts
This image was computer generated, depicting quantum geometry in loop quantum gravity, from answers by Thomas Thiemann

View the video



The idea of the Multiverse, David Deutsch review - physicsworld link
Quantum foundations

Physics World
David Deutsch's book "The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations that Transform the World" reviewed :  You may need to log in,
 According to the quantum-information theorist David Deutsch, our modern understanding of how the world works has provided us with "good explanations" that open up essentially infinite possibilities for future progress. One of these explanations is the idea of the quantum multiverse, which Deutsch discussed in the May 2011 issue of Physics World (pp34–38, print version only) and to which he devotes a chapter in his book "The Beginning of Infinity"

The Multiverse



Orbital angular momentum twists light
Optics

Physics World
Scientists learn how to twist light :
Siyuan Yu of Bristol University and colleagues are working on changing the OAM values associated with a particular wavelength by varying the refractive index of the rings electrically. Indeed, he says that they aim to produce devices that can emit different OAM values at the same time. This, he claims, could enhance telecommunication bandwidth, by increasing the number of channels available, and boost the power of quantum computers – devices, still under development, that promise much faster data crunching by processing multiple quantum states simultaneously.
"Currently, quantum computers rely on electron spin or photon spin, which only have two states, whereas OAM has many states," he explains

Chip twists light

Science - detailed article

The Hunt for the elusive Higgs - physicsworld video
Particle  Physics

Physics World
Watch the video of the search for the Higgs particle and other topics at CERN

Competing research methods will give a way to verify statistical searches


Higgs particle
search at CERN


Watch Higgs video

Perimeter Institute
What is next for Higgs

Topological Quantum computing
Quantum Computing

Physics World
Error correction technique could make quantum computing a step closer

Based on data clusters of 8 highly entangled photons


Quantum computing moves closer

arXiV.org download




CERN lead ions collision
Inner space
cosmology
particle physics

CERN
Lead ions - latest ALICE / ATLAS programme with heavier, more energetic beams

For latest news from Pb ions at CERN,   click the link . . .


CERN LHC Lead ions





CERN particles collision
Inner space
cosmology
theoretical physics

CERN
CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is one of the world’s largest and most respected centres for scientific research. Its business is fundamental physics, finding out what the Universe is made of and how it works

At CERN, the world’s largest and most complex scientific instruments are used to study the basic constituents of matter - the fundamental particles. By studying what happens when these particles collide, physicists learn about the laws of Nature   click the link . . .


CERN particle collider

Short video on Jobs at CERN

YouTube CERNTV



small man dwarfed by CERN ATLAS detector
Particles physics

theoretical physics

CERN's Atlas detector
Data from experiments at CERN is to be analyzed to detect strange particles and confirm or disprove theories of particle physics and cosmology

Atlas at CERN :
Particle physics







Universe sky map
Space
cosmology


Universe map
This is a map of the variation in cosmic background radiation for the entire universe

The remnant low temperature noise is visible between tuned stations on a TV at microwave frequencies

It is highly uniform to parts in 10,000 by degrees as you scan the heavens, but the mapped variations can help to test some theories of inflationary cosmology and quantum gravity


Sloan digital Sky Survey

New Scientist

NASA Universe for kids




Universe map shown as two hemispheres
Space
cosmology


Universe map
This is a similar more recent WMAP microwave temperature map of the entire universe shown as two hemispheres.







Sloan digital Sky Survey

NASA WMAP info




tiny Spaceballs
Inner Space
cosmology
Superstrings


Calabi-Yau
spaceballs
This is an image to show tiny balls at each point in spacetime. From supersymmetric string theory, space is composed of tiny, tiny 10-dimensional strings with our 4D world appearing like ripples on the surface of a pond as viewed from below. The world below is special - curled up in tiny 6-dimensional balls called Calabi-Yau spaces.

From loop quantum gravity we have results that length, area, volume and entropy in black holes are discrete - multiples of very small units of each - everything is ultimately constrained by the geometry at small scales as depicted by the image.

Wikipedia

Ed Witten

Perimeter Institute


Six-dimensional Calabi-Yau torus shown in 3D
Inner space
string theory
theoretical physics

Calabi-Yau torus
Like the third image from the top, this is a depiction of the tiny curled up dimensions of superstring theory

The Perimeter Institute is now becoming the foremost research facility for theoretical physics

For a brief, understandable introduction to superstrings,   click the link . . .


Perimeter Institute :
Superstring theory







Quantum teleportation
Quantum
information theory

teleportation
of information

Star Trek
transporter

Teleport  Qbits
Some powerful theorems have proved that cloning is possible with a working quantum gate. First step to transport the state of spin or polarisation of electrons. Then to more complex structures such as 100 atom molecules, then to live objects

This sounds like complete science fiction, but is provably possible - along with saving the planet, this will ultimately enable humans to survive and explore the cosmos by using quantum compters like Orac from Blake's seven

The main difficulty is to stop the environment from interfering - hence the problems retrieving Captain Kirk at times . .


Foundational Questions
Institute :
understanding physics


David Deutsch



Computer simulation of cosmic evolution
Cosmology

Numerical
evolutionary physics

Cosmic evolution
Many equations and theories of cosmology, small scale physics cannot be solved except numerically using computers

This graphic shows in four stages the evolution of cosmic structures


Science Daily :
Cosmic evolution
simulation





Angry Sun
Space
cosmology



Angry  Sun
This is an infrared image of the Sun showing solar flares and the extreme heat of our star's massive fusion reactor






Space.com


M16 star birth
Space
cosmology

Eagle
Nebula
M16
Gas pillars in the Eagle Nebula M16 star-forming region







Hubblesite.org




Star birth
Space
cosmology



M16  closeup
This famous image of gaseous pillars M16a dust cloud is a star nursery. The image is awesome because it is what it looks like - a star being born

Every organic lifeform also starts here because stars provide the heavier than Helium atomic elements required in living systems. Eventually stars die and give back lots of matter and energy.


Hubblesite.org




Oil drops
Space
cosmology

Thackery's
globdules
These are what I call oils drops in space :
Thackery's globdules - dense opaque dust clouds in the star-forming region IC2944







Hubblesite.org


Messier 182
Space
cosmology

The 
Sombrero
galaxy
M104
This is the Sombrero galaxy M104. This composite image is a mixture of visible light and the infrared image.







Wikipedia

Hubblesite.org



Messier 82
Space
cosmology

Starburst
galaxy
M82
Starburst galaxy M82 is remarkable for its bright blue disk, webs of shredded clouds, and fiery-looking plumes of glowing hydrogen blasting out of its central regions. Throughout the galaxy's center, young stars are being born 10 times faster than they are inside our entire Milky Way Galaxy. The resulting huge concentration of young stars carved into the gas and dust at the galaxy's center. The fierce galactic superwind generated from these stars compresses enough gas to make millions of more stars.

In M82, young stars are crammed into tiny but massive star clusters. These, in turn, congregate by the dozens to make the bright patches, or "starburst clumps," in the central parts of M82. The clusters in the clumps can only be distinguished in the sharp Hubble images. Most of the pale, white objects sprinkled around the body of M82 that look like fuzzy stars are actually individual star clusters about 20 light-years across and contain up to a million stars.

Hubblesite.org


Sprial galaxy  M64
Space
cosmology

Sprial
Galaxy M64
This is an oblique M64 galaxy image
Hubblesite.org







NGC 4013
Space
cosmology

Edge on
galaxy
NGC 4013
Edge on galaxy NGC 4013








Hubblesite.org


Black hole blows bubbles
Space
cosmology

Black  hole
galaxy
NGC 4038
Black hole blows bubbles of gas in the galaxy NGC 4038








Wikipedia

Black holes info

Hubblesite.org

Robert Wald  eprintweb
Ants in Space
Space
cosmology

The
Ant  Nebula
Menzel 3
The Ant Nebula [ Menzel 3 ]: reveals the "ant's" body as a pair of fiery lobes protruding from a dying, Sun-like star. These Hubble images directly challenge old ideas about the last stages in the lives of stars. By observing Sun-like stars as they approach their deaths, shows that our Sun's fate probably will be more interesting, complex, and striking than astronomers imagined just a few years ago.

Though approaching the violence of an explosion, the ejection of gas from the dying star at the center of Mz 3 has intriguing symmetrical patterns unlike the chaotic patterns expected from an ordinary explosion. Scientists using Hubble would like to understand how a spherical star can produce such prominent, non-spherical symmetries in the gas that it ejects.

Hubblesite.org


Antennae galaxies
Space
cosmology

The
Antennae
galaxies
NGC 4038
NGC 4039
This is the Antennae galaxies NGC 4038 and 4039 tearing each other apart



Hubblesite.org







Dying star in NGC 2440
Space
cosmology

Dying  star
in  galaxy
NGC 2440
Depending on their mass, stars like our Sun can become inert white dwarfs, expand as red giants, or implode as black holes.

Large mass stars can then re-bound explode as supernovae



Hubblesite.org







Gas clouds in NGC 2974
Space
cosmology

NGC 2074
Early star
formation
This is panorama of early star formation and gas clouds


Hubblesite.org







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