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Where Randomness Meets Subatomic Precision

In 1960, Theodore Maiman and co-workers created the world’s first laser. Working on the principle of Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation, the beam produced by a laser is unique in that all the photons in the beam have both the same wavelength and the same phase. Because of this innocuous-sounding property, the humble… Continue reading Where Randomness Meets Subatomic Precision

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The Role of Disorder: Under the Microscope

One of the biggest problems with researching quantum mechanics is that it’s often hard to visualise what we’re dealing with. Are we talking particles, or are we talking waves? Or are we talking about abstract excitations of a quantum field, somewhere between neither and both? For the most part, we focus on calculating properties that… Continue reading The Role of Disorder: Under the Microscope

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100 Years of General Relativity

[This feature-length article was originally written for Popular Astronomy and appears in their November/December 2015 issue.] The early twentieth century was something of a golden age for physics. It was a time of upheaval, of bold new ideas overturning long-established concepts and the beginning of the quantum revolution. For many, one particular breakthrough from that… Continue reading 100 Years of General Relativity