Monthly Archives: September 2007

Partially Wetting Thin Films show no capillary dynamics

This week’s very short item is featuring recently published work by Christian Gutt et al. on XPCS studies of thin partially wetting liquid films: Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 096104 (2007). The basic summary of the result is that thin (unlike … Continue reading

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Sudoku, folding proteins and coherent diffraction

…all of these problems have a lot in common – they involve exhaustive search with a huge number of parameters, accompanied by a similarly large number of constraints, or rules. The picture on the left is from the cover illustration … Continue reading

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Quasi-Forbidden Bragg peaks from soft matter

This week’s item is a rather technical Nature Materials paper by Forster et al., “Order causes secondary Bragg peaks in soft materials”[Nature Materials 6, 888 – 893 (2007)]. Atomic crystals can often be well-ordered, meaning that the correlation length on … Continue reading

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Glass on cooling OR heating

This week’s item is a paper that just appeared on arxiv.org by Simon Mochrie’s Yale group and Argonne collaborators on a unique situation that occurs in a liquid that becomes a glass upon cooling OR heating: X. Lu et al., … Continue reading

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