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An elementary quantum network of single atoms in optical cavities by S. Ritter et al. in Nature
Posted: Jun 25, 2012
The authors demonstrate the existence of non-classical correlations between the spin states of two single atoms at a distance of 21 m, maintained for at least 100 ms.
Acoustic Analogue of Graphene:Observation of Dirac Cones in AZcoustic Surface Waves by D. Torrent et al. in Phys. Rev. Lett. , 2012
Posted: Jun 25, 2012
The authors showed theoretically and experimentally that a simple sheet of plastic, structured appropriately, exhibits wave behavior that is an exact analog of electron motion in a sheet of graphene. This opens the door to even more new and interesting ways of manipulating wave propagation in simple systems and offers an experimental analog of an exotic system.
Transformation-optics description of nonlocal effects in plasmonic nanostructures by A. I. Fernández-Domínguez, A. Wiener, F. J. García-Vidal, S. A. Maier, and J. B. Pendry in Phys. Rev. Lett.
Posted: May 7, 2012
Fernández-Domínguez et al. study the effect of nonlocality on the properties of metal nanoparticle dimmer using a clever approach based on conformal transformation optics.
Quantum Plasmonics: Nonlinear Effects in the Field Enhancement of a Plasmonic Nanoparticle Dimer by D.C. Marinica, A.K. Kazansky, P. Nordlander, J. Aizpurua, and A. G. Borisov in Nano Letters
Posted: May 5, 2012
Marinica et al. present a numerical three dimensional fully quantum mechanical investigation of a metal nanoparticle dimmer. Results indicate that tunnel conduction between the two nanoparticles strongly affect the properties of the dimmer.
Artificial Faraday rotation using a ring metamaterial structure without static magnetic field by Xianliang Liu, Talmage Tyler, Tatiana Starr, Anthony F. Starr, Nan Marie Jokerst, and Willie J. Padilla in Applied Physics Letters , 2011
Posted: May 3, 2012
Liu and colleagues show that metamaterials can change the spectrum of a thermal source, opening up opportunities for energy, lighting and light harvesting applications.