Using this billion-dollar laser, physicists hope to probe the quantum world for new discoveries

Say you’re an aspiring physicist, probing the quantum world to gain insight into the fundamental nature of reality. There are two ways to go about your scientific odyssey, but both involve very expensive machinery. One way is to smash a bunch of atoms together, revealing their subatomic guts; another is to toss them under a […]
September 13, 2021

‘Holy grail discovery’ in solid-state physics could usher in new technologies

There are many mysteries still to unravel in the world of quantum mechanics, but scientists at Northeastern believe they’ve made a “holy grail” discovery that could help pave the way for the next generation of electronic devices. Their findings, published recently in Nature, center mostly on the discovery of a so-called topological axion insulator, a […]
August 10, 2021

Sculpture meets science when physicist Albert-László Barabási makes art from network patterns

Albert-László Barabási wanted to be a sculptor. Then he discovered physics and pioneered a new field of network science. Now, the Northeastern professor has also developed a new form of art, too. Photo by Ruby Wallau/Northeastern University
April 30, 2021

Existing drugs may hold the key to curing COVID-19

Developing new disease treatments can take years. That's why Northeastern researcher Deisy Morselli Gysi and her colleagues looked at existing drugs to treat COVID-19. And now they have four strong contenders. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
April 29, 2021

His parents wanted a better life for Max Bi: Their gamble paid off.

Max Bi was 14 years old when his parents moved from Beijing to New York to create more opportunities for their only child. “It was for me to get a better education,” says Bi, an assistant professor of physics at Northeastern. “The competition is fierce in China, and I wasn’t a top student in middle […]
April 07, 2021
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Understanding Networks: The power to predict pandemics, information spread, and quantum gravity

Dr. Krioukov’s lab recently published two papers in the field of network science. These papers show that (1) the geometry of networks can be elucidated by understanding the network’s latent properties and (2) For networks living in latent space, finding their geometry is possible using a previously known standard called Ollivier Curvature.
March 10, 2021