Probing the Ultimate Limits of Quantum Detection

Probing the Ultimate Limits of Quantum Detection

Suppose you only have enough energy to produce a dozen photons — what can you use them to see? In a new theoretical paper, the ultimate detection limits imposed by the laws of quantum physics have been derived, solving a decade-old open problem in quantum theory.

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Discovery of a Two-Dimensional Carborane Cluster

A new form of carborane, a cluster of carbon and boron atoms arranged in an unusual flat pattern, has been isolated by chemists at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. This discovery has overturned a 50-year old set of theoretical rules central to cluster chemistry, paving the way to a new family of chemicals.

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Physicists Create a Four Dimensional Synthetic Material

Physicists Create a Four Dimensional Synthetic Material

As we all know, space is three dimensional. Many aspects of physics, including the fundamental properties of matter, depend strongly on the dimensionality of space. For instance, 2D materials like graphene, in which the atoms are confined to a two dimensional plane, have properties very different from standard 3D materials. Now, researchers have created a synthetic material that behaves as though it has four dimensions (4D), higher than the number of dimensions in the space around us.

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Super Spreaders and Other Statistical Swings in Epidemic Models

Super Spreaders and Other Statistical Swings in Epidemic Models

Mathematical models of epidemics are crucial tools for preventing and controlling outbreaks of infectious diseases, such as the novel coronavirus currently ravaging the world. In such models, it is important to be able to describe the effects of ‘super spreaders’, infected individuals who go on to infect unusually many other people.

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Expanding Horizons Beyond the Red Dot (Part 2): Jing Xuan in Japan!

Expanding Horizons Beyond the Red Dot (Part 2): Jing Xuan in Japan!

Jing Xuan took part in the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) programme in 2019. In this year’s trip, besides top science & technology organisations, students had the opportunity to visit Minamisanriku, a town that was one of the worst hit during the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. Jing Xuan shares with us her takeaways from her meaningful experience in Japan!

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