Monthly Archives: December 2007

Metal-Insulator transition in VO2

There were a number of papers in the past month or so on Metal-Insulator transition in vanadium dioxide. The first work is the near-scanning infrared microscopy measurements done by Mumtaz Qazilbash et al. from Basov group at UCSD published last … Continue reading

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Flying Carpets

A recent paper by M. Argentina et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 224503 (2007), titled Settling and Swimming of Flexible Fluid-Lubricated Foils, addresses an intriguing questions – can “carpets fly?”. Some flat, sheet-like shaped fish, like rays and skates, can … Continue reading

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