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Jonte R Hance et al 2023 New J. Phys. 25 113028

We analyse the quantum Cheshire cat using contextuality theory, to see if this can tell us anything about how best to interpret this paradox. We show that this scenario can be analysed using the relation between three different measurements, which seem to result in a logical contradiction. We discuss how this contextual behaviour links to weak values, and coherences between prohibited states. Rather than showing a property of the particle is disembodied, the quantum Cheshire cat instead demonstrates the effects of these coherences, which are typically found in pre- and post-selected systems.

Caroline Cohen et al 2015 New J. Phys. 17 063001

The conical shape of a shuttlecock allows it to flip on impact. As a light and extended particle, it flies with a pure drag trajectory. We first study the flip phenomenon and the dynamics of the flight and then discuss the implications on the game. Lastly, a possible classification of different shots is proposed.

Ran Finkelstein et al 2023 New J. Phys. 25 035001

This tutorial introduces the theoretical and experimental basics of electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) in thermal alkali vapors. We first give a brief phenomenological description of EIT in simple three-level systems of stationary atoms and derive analytical expressions for optical absorption and dispersion under EIT conditions. Then we focus on how the thermal motion of atoms affects various parameters of the EIT system. Specifically, we analyze the Doppler broadening of optical transitions, ballistic versus diffusive atomic motion in a limited-volume interaction region, and collisional depopulation and decoherence. Finally, we discuss the common trade-offs important for optimizing an EIT experiment and give a brief 'walk-through' of a typical EIT experimental setup. We conclude with a brief overview of current and potential EIT applications.

Rossana Mastrandrea et al 2014 New J. Phys. 16 043022

Network topology plays a key role in many phenomena, from the spreading of diseases to that of financial crises. Whenever the whole structure of a network is unknown, one must resort to reconstruction methods that identify the least biased ensemble of networks consistent with the partial information available. A challenging case, frequently encountered due to privacy issues in the analysis of interbank flows and Big Data, is when there is only local (node-specific) aggregate information available. For binary networks, the relevant ensemble is one where the degree (number of links) of each node is constrained to its observed value. However, for weighted networks the problem is much more complicated. While the naïve approach prescribes to constrain the strengths (total link weights) of all nodes, recent counter-intuitive results suggest that in weighted networks the degrees are often more informative than the strengths. This implies that the reconstruction of weighted networks would be significantly enhanced by the specification of both strengths and degrees, a computationally hard and bias-prone procedure. Here we solve this problem by introducing an analytical and unbiased maximum-entropy method that works in the shortest possible time and does not require the explicit generation of reconstructed samples. We consider several real-world examples and show that, while the strengths alone give poor results, the additional knowledge of the degrees yields accurately reconstructed networks. Information-theoretic criteria rigorously confirm that the degree sequence, as soon as it is non-trivial, is irreducible to the strength sequence. Our results have strong implications for the analysis of motifs and communities and whenever the reconstructed ensemble is required as a null model to detect higher-order patterns.

Roger Bach et al 2013 New J. Phys. 15 033018

Double-slit diffraction is a corner stone of quantum mechanics. It illustrates key features of quantum mechanics: interference and the particle-wave duality of matter. In 1965, Richard Feynman presented a thought experiment to show these features. Here we demonstrate the full realization of his famous thought experiment. By placing a movable mask in front of a double-slit to control the transmission through the individual slits, probability distributions for single- and double-slit arrangements were observed. Also, by recording single electron detection events diffracting through a double-slit, a diffraction pattern was built up from individual events.

Tiziano Squartini et al 2015 New J. Phys. 17 023052

Sampling random graphs with given properties is a key step in the analysis of networks, as random ensembles represent basic null models required to identify patterns such as communities and motifs. An important requirement is that the sampling process is unbiased and efficient. The main approaches are microcanonical, i.e. they sample graphs that match the enforced constraints exactly. Unfortunately, when applied to strongly heterogeneous networks (like most real-world examples), the majority of these approaches become biased and/or time-consuming. Moreover, the algorithms defined in the simplest cases, such as binary graphs with given degrees, are not easily generalizable to more complicated ensembles. Here we propose a solution to the problem via the introduction of a 'Maximize and Sample' ('Max & Sam' for short) method to correctly sample ensembles of networks where the constraints are 'soft', i.e. realized as ensemble averages. Our method is based on exact maximum-entropy distributions and is therefore unbiased by construction, even for strongly heterogeneous networks. It is also more computationally efficient than most microcanonical alternatives. Finally, it works for both binary and weighted networks with a variety of constraints, including combined degree-strength sequences and full reciprocity structure, for which no alternative method exists. Our canonical approach can in principle be turned into an unbiased microcanonical one, via a restriction to the relevant subset. Importantly, the analysis of the fluctuations of the constraints suggests that the microcanonical and canonical versions of all the ensembles considered here are not equivalent. We show various real-world applications and provide a code implementing all our algorithms.

Jarrod R McClean et al 2016 New J. Phys. 18 023023

Many quantum algorithms have daunting resource requirements when compared to what is available today. To address this discrepancy, a quantum-classical hybrid optimization scheme known as 'the quantum variational eigensolver' was developed (Peruzzo et al 2014 Nat. Commun. 5 4213 ) with the philosophy that even minimal quantum resources could be made useful when used in conjunction with classical routines. In this work we extend the general theory of this algorithm and suggest algorithmic improvements for practical implementations. Specifically, we develop a variational adiabatic ansatz and explore unitary coupled cluster where we establish a connection from second order unitary coupled cluster to universal gate sets through a relaxation of exponential operator splitting. We introduce the concept of quantum variational error suppression that allows some errors to be suppressed naturally in this algorithm on a pre-threshold quantum device. Additionally, we analyze truncation and correlated sampling in Hamiltonian averaging as ways to reduce the cost of this procedure. Finally, we show how the use of modern derivative free optimization techniques can offer dramatic computational savings of up to three orders of magnitude over previously used optimization techniques.

L S Liebovitch et al 2019 New J. Phys. 21 073022

Peace is not merely the absence of war and violence, rather 'positive peace' is the political, economic, and social systems that generate and sustain peaceful societies. Our international and multidisciplinary group is using physics inspired complex systems analysis methods to understand the factors and their interactions that together support and maintain peace. We developed causal loop diagrams and from them ordinary differential equation models of the system needed for sustainable peace. We then used that mathematical model to determine the attractors in the system, the dynamics of the approach to those attractors, and the factors and connections that play the most important role in determining the final state of the system. We used data science ('big data') methods to measure quantitative values of the peace factors from structured and unstructured (social media) data. We also developed a graphical user interface for the mathematical model so that social scientists or policy makers, can by themselves, explore the effects of changing the variables and parameters in these systems. These results demonstrate that complex systems analysis methods, previously developed and applied to physical and biological systems, can also be productively applied to analyze social systems such as those needed for sustainable peace.

Andrzej Dragan and Artur Ekert 2020 New J. Phys. 22 033038

Quantum mechanics is an incredibly successful theory and yet the statistical nature of its predictions is hard to accept and has been the subject of numerous debates. The notion of inherent randomness, something that happens without any cause, goes against our rational understanding of reality. To add to the puzzle, randomness that appears in non-relativistic quantum theory tacitly respects relativity, for example, it makes instantaneous signaling impossible. Here, we argue that this is because the special theory of relativity can itself account for such a random behavior. We show that the full mathematical structure of the Lorentz transformation, the one which includes the superluminal part, implies the emergence of non-deterministic dynamics, together with complex probability amplitudes and multiple trajectories. This indicates that the connections between the two seemingly different theories are deeper and more subtle than previously thought.

Guillaume Dupeux et al 2010 New J. Phys. 12 093004

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A Smekhova et al 2024 New J. Phys. 26 023036

V Marulanda Acosta et al 2024 New J. Phys. 26 023039

Future quantum communication infrastructures will rely on both terrestrial and space-based links integrating high-performance optical systems engineered for this purpose. In space-based downlinks in particular, the loss budget and the variations in the signal propagation due to atmospheric turbulence effects impose a careful optimization of the coupling of light in single-mode fibers required for interfacing with the receiving stations and the ground networks. In this work, we perform a comprehensive study of the role of adaptive optics (AO) in this optimization, focusing on realistic baseline configurations of prepare-and-measure quantum key distribution, with both discrete and continuous-variable encoding, and including finite-size effects. Our analysis uses existing experimental turbulence datasets at both day and night time to model the coupled signal statistics following a wavefront distortion correction with AO, and allows us to estimate the secret key rate for a range of critical parameters, such as turbulence strength, satellite altitude and ground telescope diameter. The results we derive illustrate the interest of adopting advanced AO techniques in several practical configurations.

Arnav Arora et al 2024 New J. Phys. 26 023038

Semiconducting nanowires with strong Rashba spin–orbit coupling in the proximity with a superconductor and under a strong Zeeman field can potentially manifest Majorana zero modes (MZMs) at their edges and are a topical candidate for topological superconductivity. However, protocols for their detection based on the local and the non-local conductance spectroscopy have been subject to intense scrutiny. In this work, by taking current experimental setups into account, we detail mathematical ideas related to the entanglement entropy and the fermion parity fluctuations to faithfully distinguish between true MZMs and trivial quasi-MZMs. We demonstrate that the disconnected entanglement entropy, derived from the von Neumann entanglement entropy, provides a distinct and robust signature of the topological phase transition which is immune to system parameters, size and disorders. In order to understand the entanglement entropy of the Rashba nanowire system, we establish its connection to a model of interacting spinfull Kitaev chains. Moreover, we relate the entanglement entropy to the fermionic parity fluctuation, and show that it behaves concordantly with entanglement entropy, hence making it a suitable metric for the detection of MZMs. In connection with the topological gap protocol that is based on the conductance spectra, the aforesaid metrics can reliably point toward the topological transitions even in realistic setups.

Xuedong Zhao et al 2024 New J. Phys. 26 023037

We propose a scheme to investigate and witness edge modes of general one-dimensional photonic trimers in a circuit quantum electrodynamic lattice. These in-gap edge modes are strictly and analytically solved and the criteria for their emergence are indicated respectively. Moreover, the energy spectrum of the system shows two different regimes characterized by a discrepancy in the number of edge modes. Specifically, while there are always a couple of edge modes only present at one single boundary in both the regimes, one of the regimes also shows another pair of edge modes localized on the opposite boundary. Furthermore, these edge modes are witnessed with the aid of continuous-time quantum walks and average photon number measurements. Our scheme provides a comprehensive method for studying the edge modes of matter.

Tao Liu et al 2024 New J. Phys. 26 023035

Boundary modes localized on the boundaries of a finite-size lattice experience a finite size effect (FSE) that could result in unwanted couplings, crosstalks and formation of gaps even in topological boundary modes. It is commonly believed that the FSE decays exponentially with the size of the system and thus requires many lattice sites before eventually becoming negligibly small. Here we consider a two-dimensional strip geometry that is periodic along one direction and truncated along the other direction, in which we identify a special type of FSE of some boundary modes that apparently vanishes at some particular wave vectors along the periodic direction. Meanwhile, the number of wave vectors where the FSE vanishes equals the number of lattice sites across the strip. We analytically prove this type of FSE in a simple model and prove this peculiar feature. We also provide a physical system consisting of a plasmonic sphere array where this FSE is present. Our work points to the possibility of almost arbitrarily tunning of the FSE, which facilitates unprecedented manipulation of the coupling strength between modes or channels such as the integration of multiple waveguides and photonic non-abelian braiding.

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J Lambert and E S Sørensen 2023 New J. Phys. 25 081201

Recently, there has been considerable interest in the application of information geometry to quantum many body physics. This interest has been driven by three separate lines of research, which can all be understood as different facets of quantum information geometry. First, the study of topological phases of matter characterized by Chern number is rooted in the symplectic structure of the quantum state space, known in the physics literature as Berry curvature. Second, in the study of quantum phase transitions, the fidelity susceptibility has gained prominence as a universal probe of quantum criticality, even for systems that lack an obviously discernible order parameter. Finally, the study of quantum Fisher information in many body systems has seen a surge of interest due to its role as a witness of genuine multipartite entanglement and owing to its utility as a quantifier of quantum resources, in particular those useful in quantum sensing. Rather than a thorough review, our aim is to connect key results within a common conceptual framework that may serve as an introductory guide to the extensive breadth of applications, and deep mathematical roots, of quantum information geometry, with an intended audience of researchers in quantum many body and condensed matter physics.

Quentin Glorieux et al 2023 New J. Phys. 25 051201

Nonlinear optics has been a very dynamic field of research with spectacular phenomena discovered mainly after the invention of lasers. The combination of high intensity fields with resonant systems has further enhanced the nonlinearity with specific additional effects related to the resonances. In this paper we review a limited range of these effects which has been studied in the past decades using close-to-room-temperature atomic vapors as the nonlinear resonant medium. In particular we describe four-wave mixing and generation of nonclassical light in atomic vapors. One-and two-mode squeezing as well as photon correlations are discussed. Furthermore, we present some applications for optical and quantum memories based on hot atomic vapors. Finally, we present results on the recently developed field of quantum fluids of light using hot atomic vapors.

F Luoni et al 2021 New J. Phys. 23 101201

Realistic nuclear reaction cross-section models are an essential ingredient of reliable heavy-ion transport codes. Such codes are used for risk evaluation of manned space exploration missions as well as for ion-beam therapy dose calculations and treatment planning. Therefore, in this study, a collection of total nuclear reaction cross-section data has been generated within a GSI-ESA-NASA collaboration. The database includes the experimentally measured total nucleus–nucleus reaction cross-sections. The Tripathi, Kox, Shen, Kox–Shen, and Hybrid-Kurotama models are systematically compared with the collected data. Details about the implementation of the models are given. Literature gaps are pointed out and considerations are made about which models fit best the existing data for the most relevant systems to radiation protection in space and heavy-ion therapy.

S Al Kharusi et al 2021 New J. Phys. 23 031201

The next core-collapse supernova in the Milky Way or its satellites will represent a once-in-a-generation opportunity to obtain detailed information about the explosion of a star and provide significant scientific insight for a variety of fields because of the extreme conditions found within. Supernovae in our galaxy are not only rare on a human timescale but also happen at unscheduled times, so it is crucial to be ready and use all available instruments to capture all possible information from the event. The first indication of a potential stellar explosion will be the arrival of a bright burst of neutrinos. Its observation by multiple detectors worldwide can provide an early warning for the subsequent electromagnetic fireworks, as well as signal to other detectors with significant backgrounds so they can store their recent data. The supernova early warning system (SNEWS) has been operating as a simple coincidence between neutrino experiments in automated mode since 2005. In the current era of multi-messenger astronomy there are new opportunities for SNEWS to optimize sensitivity to science from the next galactic supernova beyond the simple early alert. This document is the product of a workshop in June 2019 towards design of SNEWS 2.0, an upgraded SNEWS with enhanced capabilities exploiting the unique advantages of prompt neutrino detection to maximize the science gained from such a valuable event.

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Two-dimensional (2D) Bi grown on semiconductor substrate, a large-gap quantum spin Hall (QSH) insulator characterized by a (px, py)-orbital hexagonal lattice, has been theoretically proposed and experimentally confirmed. Here, by combining tight-binding modeling with first-principles calculations, we investigate the electronic structures and quantum transport properties of Bi nanoribbons (NRs), focusing on the topological edge states for nanoelectronics. We reveal that band gap emerges due to the quantum confinement, and the gaps size depends crucially on the width and edge shape: For zigzag NRs, the gap decreases monotonically with the increase of width; while for armchair NRs, it can be categorized into three subgroups with band-gap hierarchies of Eg(3p-1)> Eg(3p)> Eg(3p+1), so that the overall relation is an oscillating dependence dumped by 1/width decay. Quantum transport calculations demonstrate that the conductance is quantized to 2e2/h, and an applied gate voltage can efficiently regulate the conductance plateau, originating from the interplay between gate voltage and topological gaps. Furthermore, the quantized conductance remains robust against strong disorder, suggesting the unique advantage of topological states for electronic transport. This work not only provides fundamental insights into the electronic properties of topological insulator nanostructures, but also sheds light on the potential applications of exotic states for quantum devices compatible with semiconductor technology.

Winnel et al 

In typical laser communications classical information is encoded by modulating the amplitude of the laser beam and measured via direct detection. We add a layer of security using quantum physics to this standard scheme, applicable to free-space channels. We consider a simultaneous classical-quantum communication scheme where the classical information is encoded in the usual way and the quantum information is encoded as fluctuations of a sub-Poissonian noise-floor. For secret key generation, we consider a continuous-variable quantum key distribution protocol (CVQKD) using a Gaussian ensemble of squeezed states and direct detection. Under the assumption of passive attacks secure key generation and classical communication can proceed simultaneously. Compared with standard CVQKD. which is secure against unrestricted attacks, our added layer of quantum security is simple to implement, robust and does not affect classical data rates. We perform detailed simulations of the performance of the protocol for a free-space atmospheric channel. We analyse security of the CVQKD protocol in the composable finite-size regime.

Hoeppe et al 

Single bubble sonoluminescence (SBSL) is the phenomenon of synchronous light emission due to the violent collapse of a single spherical bubble in a liquid, driven by an ultrasonic field. During the bubble collapse, matter inside the bubble reaches extreme conditions of several gigapascals and temperatures on the order of 10 000 K, leading to picosecond flashes of visible light. To this day, details regarding the energy focusing mechanism rely on simulations due to the fast dynamics of the bubble collapse and spatial scales below the optical resolution limit. In this work we present phase-contrast holographic imaging with single XFEL pulses of a SBSL cavitation bubble in water. X-rays probe the electron density structure and by that provide a uniquely new view on the bubble interior and its collapse dynamics. The involved fast time-scales are accessed by sub-100 fs XFEL pulses and a custom synchronization scheme for the bubble oscillator. We find that during the whole oscillation cycle the bubble's density profile can be well described by a simple step-like structure, with the radius R following the dynamics of the Gilmore model. The quantitatively measured internal density and width of the boundary layer exhibit a large variance. Smallest reconstructed bubble sizes reach down to R ≃0.8 μm, and are consistent with spherical symmetry. While we here achieved a spatial resolution of a few 100 nm, the visibility of the bubble and its internal structure is limited by the total X-ray phase shift which can be scaled with experimental parameters.

Gong et al 

Based on the extended Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert (LLG) method, the properties of current driven domain wall movement in U-shaped magnetic nanowires and the effect of spin wave assistance on their properties have been investigated. The results show that changes of the curvature radius of magnetic nanowire can cause the additional pinning action and the pinning action will weaken the speed of current driven domain wall movement. For U-shaped magnetic nanowires, the changes of curvature radius can be represented by the radius R at the bend. The results show that the decline of its speed non-monotonically increases with the decrease of the bending radius of magnetic nanowires. On the other hand, the assistance of applying spin waves not only enhances the movement of magnetic domain walls but also weakens the pinning action. Further research has shown that applying the appropriate spin waves at the bend changing point can completely eliminate the influence induced by bend changing, in order to ensure uniform and stable movement of current driven magnetic domain walls in U-shaped magnetic nanowires, and achieve the current driven three-dimensional racetrack memory technology.

Sehrawat et al 

Coupling between multipolar modes of different orders has not been investigated in depth, despite its fundamental and practical relevance in the context of optical metamaterials and metasurfaces. Here, we use an electromagnetic multipole expansion of both the scattered fields and the oscillating electric currents to reveal the multipolar excitations in a nanoparticle positioned close to another nanoparticle. The considered single-particle multipoles radically differ from multipoles excited in a pair of nanoparticles. Using the expansion, we reveal the multipole character of the electric currents and the contributions of the multipole moments to the scattering cross section of each particle, including the effect of their interaction. We find that light scattered by the particles plays the role of an inhomogeneous incident field for each of the particles, leading to hybridization of the originally independent orthogonal multipole resonances. For an incident plane wave polarized along the nanoparticle pair, the hybridization of the dipole and quadrupolar resonances gives rise to a significant narrowband resonance in the spectrum of the dipole scattering, which can be of interest for various applications, e.g., in surface-enhanced fluorescence and Raman spectroscopy. In general, this work shows that the multipole-multipole interaction between nanoparticles must be treated by taking into account also such hybridized multipole resonances.

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Open-inquiry opens doors to intriguing optics experiments at home: a case study.

Paul R. DeStefano and Ralf Widenhorn Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 20 , 010108 (2024)

Investigating an optical phenomenon during pandemic remote learning supports experimental design and modeling skills.

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Designing e-learning courses for classroom and distance learning in physics: The role of learning tasks

Daniel Laumann et al. Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 20 , 010107 (2024)

Open-ended tasks, while useful for in-person physics courses, should be used less frequently in completely online courses.

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Using continua to analyze qualitative data investigating epistemic beliefs about physics knowledge: Visualizing beliefs

Ellen Watson and Gregory Thomas Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 20 , 010106 (2024)

Novel means of analyzing interview data to construct profiles to describe epistemic beliefs on physics knowledge.

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Exploring student reasoning in statistical mechanics: Identifying challenges in problem-solving groups

Ebba Koerfer and Bor Gregorcic Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 20 , 010105 (2024)

The strong reliance on idealized toy model’ to illustrate concepts in statistical mechanics may not be sufficient to support high quality student learning.

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Short papers in Physical Review Physics Education Research (PRPER) were originally intended for articles that either extended a previous work (by the authors or someone else) or were initial results from a larger effort that were interesting enough to merit this type of publication.

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December 14, 2023.

Artificial intelligence (AI) has increasingly found its way into more and more areas of our lives, including education. This focused collection aims to address opportunities, challenges, and issues around the use of a broad variety of AI tools in physics education and physics education research.

Editorial: Call for Papers for Focused Collection of Physical Review Physics Education Research : Investigating and Improving Quantum Education through Research

December 4, 2023.

In the year 2025, we will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the formulation and development of quantum theory. The United Nations is working toward a declaration of 2025 as the International Year of Quantum Science and Technology (IYQST). In the spring of 2025, Physical Review Physics Education Research (PRPER) will join the celebration by rolling out a special issue of the journal focused on investigating and improving quantum education.

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Meet new prper associate editor eric brewe, june 30, 2023.

Dr. Eric Brewe is a Professor in Physics and Science Education at Drexel University. Much of his research into the teaching and learning of physics at the university level is focused on the Modeling Instruction method. Dr. Brewe publishes frequently in PRPER and has received significant external funding to support his research. He is an APS Fellow and has served as Chair of the APS Education Policy Committee and Chair of the APS Topical Group on Physics Education Research.



Restructuring classes can level the playing field, september 6, 2023.

A study of university-level physics classes shows that changes in course structure can help to eliminate grade gaps between student groups with different races, ethnicities, or genders.

Feature on: David J. Webb and Cassandra A. Paul Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 19 , 020126 (2023)



Examining racial diversity and identity in physical review physics education research, july 1, 2020.

In the following special collection from Physical Review Physics Education Research , authors examine and highlight racial diversity, specifically how Black physicists and people of color navigate within the physics community at large.

Editorial: Announcing the PRPER Statistical Modeling Review Committee (SMRC)

November 22, 2022.

Lead Editor, Charles Henderson, announces PRPER’s development of the Statistical Modeling Review Committee (SMRC) to help support high-quality statistical modeling techniques.

Editorial: Research on Advancing Equity Is Critical for Physics

April 11, 2022.

PRPER Lead Editor, Charles Henderson, and APS Editor in Chief, Michael Thoennessen, discuss the vital importance of offering an inclusive and welcoming environment to the physics community.

Editorial: Call for Papers Focused Collection of Physical Review Physics Education Research Instructional labs: Improving traditions and new directions

November 17, 2021.

Physics is an experimental science. Instructional laboratories where students conduct experiments, analyze data, arrive at conclusions, and communicate findings have been around for over a century. Every physics department has labs of different levels: from introductory to advanced, for majors and nonmajors, with real equipment or virtual.

Editorial: Call for Papers Focused Collection of Physical Review Physics Education Research Qualitative Methods in PER: A Critical Examination

August 4, 2021.

Physics Education Research (PER) uses various research methods classified under qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods. These approaches help researchers understand physics education phenomena and advance our efforts to produce better PER. Over time, research questions and contexts have evolved, and so have our methods. We understand it has come the time for PER scholars to examine qualitative methods in our field critically. Therefore, we urge you to contribute to the Focused Collection on Qualitative Methods in PER.

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This Physical Review Physics Education Research (PRPER) Focused Collection was curated to bring to light curriculum design decisions and the factors that shape them. By making decisions about design explicit, we can better understand the contexts behind our research claims, hold curricula up to informed critique, and support new scholars as they undertake curriculum development.

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A once-ignored community of science sleuths now has the research community on its heels

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A community of sleuths hunting for errors in scientific research have sent shockwaves through some of the most prestigious research institutions in the world — and the science community at large.

High-profile cases of alleged image manipulations in papers authored by the former president at Stanford University and leaders at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have made national media headlines, and some top science leaders think this could be just the start.

“At the rate things are going, we expect another one of these to come up every few weeks,” said Holden Thorp, the editor-in-chief of the Science family of scientific journals, whose namesake publication is one of the two most influential in the field. 

The sleuths argue their work is necessary to correct the scientific record and prevent generations of researchers from pursuing dead-end topics because of flawed papers. And some scientists say it’s time for universities and academic publishers to reform how they address flawed research. 

“I understand why the sleuths finding these things are so pissed off,” said Michael Eisen, a biologist, the former editor of the journal eLife and a prominent voice of reform in scientific publishing. “Everybody — the author, the journal, the institution, everybody — is incentivized to minimize the importance of these things.” 

For about a decade, science sleuths unearthed widespread problems in scientific images in published papers, publishing concerns online but receiving little attention. 

That began to change last summer after then-Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne, who is a neuroscientist, stepped down from his post after scrutiny of alleged image manipulations in studies he helped author and a report criticizing his laboratory culture. Tessier-Lavigne was not found to have engaged in misconduct himself, but members of his lab appeared to manipulate images in dubious ways, a report from a scientific panel hired to examine the allegations said. 

In January, a scathing post from a blogger exposed questionable work from top leaders at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute , which subsequently asked journals to retract six articles and issue corrections for dozens more. 

In a resignation statement , Tessier-Lavigne noted that the panel did not find that he knew of misconduct and that he never submitted papers he didn’t think were accurate. In a statement from its research integrity officer, Dana-Farber said it took decisive action to correct the scientific record and that image discrepancies were not necessarily evidence an author sought to deceive. 

“We’re certainly living through a moment — a public awareness — that really hit an inflection when the Marc Tessier-Lavigne matter happened and has continued steadily since then, with Dana-Farber being the latest,” Thorp said. 

Now, the long-standing problem is in the national spotlight, and new artificial intelligence tools are only making it easier to spot problems that range from decades-old errors and sloppy science to images enhanced unethically in photo-editing software.  

This heightened scrutiny is reshaping how some publishers are operating. And it’s pushing universities, journals and researchers to reckon with new technology, a potential backlog of undiscovered errors and how to be more transparent when problems are identified. 

This comes at a fraught time in academic halls. Bill Ackman, a venture capitalist, in a post on X last month discussed weaponizing artificial intelligence to identify plagiarism of leaders at top-flight universities where he has had ideological differences, raising questions about political motivations in plagiarism investigations. More broadly, public trust in scientists and science has declined steadily in recent years, according to the Pew Research Center .

Eisen said he didn’t think sleuths’ concerns over scientific images had veered into “McCarthyist” territory.

“I think they’ve been targeting a very specific type of problem in the literature, and they’re right — it’s bad,” Eisen said. 

Scientific publishing builds the base of what scientists understand about their disciplines, and it’s the primary way that researchers with new findings outline their work for colleagues. Before publication, scientific journals consider submissions and send them to outside researchers in the field for vetting and to spot errors or faulty reasoning, which is called peer review. Journal editors will review studies for plagiarism and for copy edits before they’re published. 

That system is not perfect and still relies on good-faith efforts by researchers to not manipulate their findings.

Over the past 15 years, scientists have grown increasingly concerned about problems that some researchers were digitally altering images in their papers to skew or emphasize results. Discovering irregularities in images — typically of experiments involving mice, gels or blots — has become a larger priority of scientific journals’ work.   

Jana Christopher, an expert on scientific images who works for the Federation of European Biochemical Societies and its journals, said the field of image integrity screening has grown rapidly since she began working in it about 15 years ago. 

At the time, “nobody was doing this and people were kind of in denial about research fraud,” Christopher said. “The common view was that it was very rare and every now and then you would find someone who fudged their results.” 

Today, scientific journals have entire teams dedicated to dealing with images and trying to ensure their accuracy. More papers are being retracted than ever — with a record 10,000-plus pulled last year, according to a Nature analysis . 

A loose group of scientific sleuths have added outside pressure. Sleuths often discover and flag errors or potential manipulations on the online forum PubPeer. Some sleuths receive little or no payment or public recognition for their work.

“To some extent, there is a vigilantism around it,” Eisen said. 

An analysis of comments on more than 24,000 articles posted on PubPeer found that more than 62% of comments on PubPeer were related to image manipulation. 

For years, sleuths relied on sharp eyes, keen pattern recognition and an understanding of photo manipulation tools. In the past few years, rapidly developing artificial intelligence tools, which can scan papers for irregularities, are supercharging their work. 

Now, scientific journals are adopting similar technology to try to prevent errors from reaching publication. In January, Science announced that it was using an artificial intelligence tool called Proofig to scan papers that were being edited and peer-reviewed for publication. 

Thorp, the Science editor-in-chief, said the family of six journals added the tool “quietly” into its workflow about six months before that January announcement. Before, the journal was reliant on eye-checks to catch these types of problems. 

Thorp said Proofig identified several papers late in the editorial process that were not published because of problematic images that were difficult to explain and other instances in which authors had “logical explanations” for issues they corrected before publication.

“The serious errors that cause us not to publish a paper are less than 1%,” Thorp said.

In a statement, Chris Graf, the research integrity director at the publishing company Springer Nature, said his company is developing and testing “in-house AI image integrity software” to check for image duplications. Graf’s research integrity unit currently uses Proofig to help assess articles if concerns are raised after publication. 

Graf said processes varied across its journals, but that some Springer Nature publications manually check images for manipulations with Adobe Photoshop tools and look for inconsistencies in raw data for experiments that visualize cell components or common scientific experiments.

“While the AI-based tools are helpful in speeding up and scaling up the investigations, we still consider the human element of all our investigations to be crucial,” Graf said, adding that image recognition software is not perfect and that human expertise is required to protect against false positives and negatives. 

No tool will catch every mistake or cheat. 

“There’s a lot of human beings in that process. We’re never going to catch everything,” Thorp said. “We need to get much better at managing this when it happens, as journals, institutions and authors.”

Many science sleuths had grown frustrated after their concerns seemed to be ignored or as investigations trickled along slowly and without a public resolution.  

Sholto David, who publicly exposed concerns about Dana-Farber research in a blog post, said he largely “gave up” on writing letters to journal editors about errors he discovered because their responses were so insufficient. 

Elisabeth Bik, a microbiologist and longtime image sleuth, said she has frequently flagged image problems and “nothing happens.” 

Leaving public comments questioning research figures on PubPeer can start a public conversation over questionable research, but authors and research institutions often don’t respond directly to the online critiques. 

While journals can issue corrections or retractions, it’s typically a research institution’s or a university’s responsibility to investigate cases. When cases involve biomedical research supported by federal funding, the federal Office of Research Integrity can investigate. 

Thorp said the institutions need to move more swiftly to take responsibility when errors are discovered and speak plainly and publicly about what happened to earn the public’s trust.  

“Universities are so slow at responding and so slow at running through their processes, and the longer that goes on, the more damage that goes on,” Thorp said. “We don’t know what happened if instead of launching this investigation Stanford said, ‘These papers are wrong. We’re going to retract them. It’s our responsibility. But for now, we’re taking the blame and owning up to this.’” 

Some scientists worry that image concerns are only scratching the surface of science’s integrity issues — problems in images are simply much easier to spot than data errors in spreadsheets. 

And while policing bad papers and seeking accountability is important, some scientists think those measures will be treating symptoms of the larger problem: a culture that rewards the careers of those who publish the most exciting results, rather than the ones that hold up over time. 

“The scientific culture itself does not say we care about being right; it says we care about getting splashy papers,” Eisen said. 

Evan Bush is a science reporter for NBC News. He can be reached at [email protected].

Indigenous women find their stride in physics

Los alamos partnerships with fort lewis college and navajo technical university pave a new path into the world of research.

February 14, 2024


Elaina Saltclah, from the Red Mesa, Arizona area, near the Four Corners, first introduces herself in her native Navajo language, including the names of her clans. A Fort Lewis College student majoring in physics, with a minor in mathematics, and a young mother, Saltclah speaks with a self-assured smile, her confidence bolstered through participation in a novel program connecting students like her with a future in the daunting world of physics research.

“What made me interested in physics is simple curiosity into something ordinary, like the stars, or gravity,” Saltclah explained. “That fundamental curiosity about why things are the way they are is what drove me to the field.”

Our everyday experience of the stars or gravity belies the complex physics that underpins the mysteries of such phenomena and how they behave. And Saltclah, within the unique physics education partnership between Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, and Los Alamos National Laboratory that has her traveling to work on advanced experiments and conduct research with Los Alamos physicists, is now deep into studying those mysteries, such as the nature of quark-gluon plasma, which formed the universe in its first microseconds after the Big Bang.

Her dream of becoming a physicist is nearer than she might ever have expected.

Engaging Indigenous women in physics

Initiated two years ago as a pilot program, an effort to bring undergraduate Indigenous women into physics has blossomed into a steady source of physics education and opportunities. Now in its third year, the “Engaging Indigenous Women in Nuclear Physics” program has grown to include four Fort Lewis College students, Saltclah among them, with Los Alamos National Laboratory partnering to provide mentorship and research with cutting-edge experiments. Navajo Technical University in Crownpoint, New Mexico, is also developing a complementary physics education and research program.

“Indigenous women are the minority of the minority when it comes to physics,” said Cesar Luis da Silva, principal investigator for the project and a particle physicist at Los Alamos. “So, giving women the chance to get in touch with science is important to me. The idea of this program is to show that nuclear physics is something they can pursue and be a part of.”

Research experience and mentorship

The four current students come from across the Four Corners region. With the other students in the program, Saltclah’s internship with the Laboratory includes ongoing mentorship from Physics division researchers at Los Alamos, an individual research project and opportunities such as giving a talk at a recent conference of the American Physical Society, a leading physics association. In the summer of 2023, she traveled to Brookhaven National Laboratory to get connected with a detector system that provides data she’s using in her research project studying quark-gluon plasma. After she completes her bachelor’s degree, she plans to continue her journey toward a career as a physicist with graduate education.

“Before this experience, I thought my dream of becoming a physicist was a pipe dream,” said Saltclah. “But this has helped build my confidence. I see this program leading to a better future for me and my son.”

Unique research opportunities are also a cornerstone of the program. Growing up in the Window Rock, Arizona, area on the Navajo Nation, Fort Lewis physics major and Diné tribe member Victoria Nofchissey loved Albert Einstein and gravitated toward physics textbooks as a teenager.

“I’ve always had a passion for physics, but growing up, I didn’t know pursuing STEM was feasible,” Nofchissey said, referring to fields in science, technology, engineering and math. “I didn’t even know I could go to college.”

In summer 2023, having been connected with the program through Laurie Williams, professor of physics and engineering at Fort Lewis College, Nofchissey was able to travel with Los Alamos physicists to the Center for European Research (CERN) in Switzerland, one of the world’s premier physics laboratories and the home of the Large Hadron Collider, a massive particle accelerator.

At CERN, Nofchissey had the opportunity to meet physicists from all over the world. She took a shift managing data from the Large Hadron Collider beauty experiment, which studies a type of particle called a beauty quark to understand the differences between matter and antimatter — an example of nuclear physics research into the fundamental nature of the universe. That experience, along with her research into the hypothetical particles known as “glueballs,” has spurred her to work toward a career in physics research, in a laboratory like CERN or elsewhere.

“I definitely feel more heard as a person as a result of this program,” said Nofchissey. “It’s really important to have Indigenous representation in STEM. I have a lot of nieces and nephews, and as I go on in my education and career, I’d like to inspire them.”

Other students currently in the program include Jade Martinez and Gwendolyn Tsosie; Martinez is working on artificial intelligence to find isolated photons produced in heavy ion collisions, and Tsosie is contributing to the mechanical design of the Large Hadron Collider beauty experiment detector.

Building on success

The pilot program started in fall 2021 with two Fort Lewis College students, providing each with a mentorship, an internship and the chance to do research at CERN.

One student from that pilot cohort, Arielle Platero, finished her bachelor’s degree and is now in a graduate mechanical engineering program at the University of Colorado Boulder. Another student, Julie Napora, is a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe who was born in Shiprock, New Mexico, and grew up in Farmington, New Mexico. Napora finished her bachelor’s degree in May 2023 is now an employee at the Laboratory, working as a post-baccalaureate researcher in the Nuclear and Particle Physics group in the Physics division.


“I grew up in a small town, and I didn’t know any physicists,” said Napora. “I didn’t think I had a place in this field, or that there was room for someone like me. When I received this internship, I put a lot of heart and everything I had into it because the success of this program meant that other Indigenous women would get this opportunity. This program has been by far the most influential thing I’ve ever been a part of.”

As a Los Alamos researcher now, Napora is studying how quarks and gluons — subatomic particles known as building blocks for larger protons and neutrons — behave and interact to form visible matter. She recently had a paper accepted for publication at a leading peer-reviewed journal and plans to continue to build her career in physics at the Laboratory or at an institution like CERN.

New partnership with Navajo Tech

This fall da Silva partnered with Abraham Meles, associate professor at Navajo Technical University, to offer a similar physics pipeline opportunity at the tribal university. The “Bringing Experimental High-energy Nuclear Physics to Navajo Nation” program seeks to promote careers in physics (for men and women, in this case) through mentorship and experimental opportunities and also train students to deal with contamination from abandoned uranium mines in Navajo country.

The Laboratory will help outfit Navajo Tech lab spaces with radiation detectors for physics experiments and create a detector assembly lab for a particle tracker to be installed at a CERN experiment. Navajo Tech students will travel to CERN to participate in the research there as the first Indigenous college to participate in a major, international high-energy physics collaboration.

For da Silva, the benefit of these kind of partnerships is anything but one-way.

“Often when we talk about science we have a narrow view,” he said. “The students in these programs may have a different view of the universe, which can enlarge our science perspective and impact the kind of questions we pursue and how we think about the answers.”

The Fort Lewis College program is supported by the Department of Energy Office of Science Nuclear Physics program. The Navajo Technical University partnership is funded by the Department of Energy Office of Science’s Funding for Accelerated, Inclusive Research program.


Brian Keenan (505) 412-8561 [email protected]

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OpenAI’s new — and first! — video-generating model, Sora , can pull off some genuinely impressive cinematographic feats. But the model’s even more capable than OpenAI initially made it out to be, at least judging by a technical paper published this evening.

The paper, titled “Video generation models as world simulators,” co-authored by a host of OpenAI researchers, peels back the curtains on key aspects of Sora’s architecture — for instance revealing that Sora can generate videos of an arbitrary resolution and aspect ratio (up to 1080p). Per the paper, Sora’s able to perform a range of image and video editing tasks, from creating looping videos to extending videos forwards or backwards in time to changing the background in an existing video.

But most intriguing to this writer is Sora’s ability to “simulate digital worlds,” as the OpenAI co-authors put it. In an experiment, OpenAI fed Sora prompts containing the word “Minecraft” and had it render a convincingly Minecraft-like HUD and game — and the game’s dynamics, including physics — while simultaneously controlling the player character.

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So how’s Sora able to do this? Well, as observed by senior Nvidia researcher Jim Fan ( via Quartz ), Sora’s more of a “data-driven physics engine” than a creative too. It’s not just generating a single photo or video, but determining the physics of each object in an environment — and rendering a photo or video (or interactive 3D world, as the case may be) based on these calculations.

“These capabilities suggest that continued scaling of video models is a promising path towards the development of highly-capable simulators of the physical and digital world, and the objects, animals and people that live within them,” the OpenAI co-authors write.

Now, Sora’s usual limitations apply in the video game domain. The model can’t accurately approximate the physics of basic interactions like glass shattering. And even with interactions it  can model, Sora’s often inconsistent — for example rendering a person eating a burger but failing to render bite marks.

Still, if I’m reading the paper correctly, it seems Sora could pave the way for more realistic — perhaps even photorealistic — procedurally generated games from text descriptions alone. That’s in equal parts exciting and terrifying (consider the deepfake implications, for one) — which is probably why OpenAI’s choosing to gate Sora behind a very limited access program for now.

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Scientists aghast at bizarre ai rat with huge genitals in peer-reviewed article, it's unclear how such egregiously bad images made it through peer-review..

Beth Mole - Feb 15, 2024 11:16 pm UTC

An actual laboratory rat, who is intrigued.

Appall and scorn ripped through scientists' social media networks Thursday as several egregiously bad AI-generated figures circulated from a peer-reviewed article recently published in a reputable journal. Those figures—which the authors acknowledge in the article's text were made by Midjourney—are all uninterpretable. They contain gibberish text and, most strikingly, one includes an image of a rat with grotesquely large and bizarre genitals, as well as a text label of "dck."

AI-generated Figure 1 of the paper. This image is supposed to show spermatogonial stem cells isolated, purified, and cultured from rat testes.

The article in question is titled "Cellular functions of spermatogonial stem cells in relation to JAK/STAT signaling pathway," which was authored by three researchers in China, including the corresponding author Dingjun Hao of Xi’an Honghui Hospital. It was published online Tuesday in the journal Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology.

Frontiers did not immediately respond to Ars' request for comment, but we will update this post with any response.

Figure 2 is supposed to be a diagram of the JAK-STAT signaling pathway.

But the rat's package is far from the only problem. Figure 2 is less graphic but equally mangled. While it's intended to be a diagram of a complex signaling pathway, it instead is a jumbled mess. One scientific integrity expert questioned whether it provided an overly complicated explanation of "how to make a donut with colorful sprinkles." Like the first image, the diagram is rife with nonsense text and baffling images. Figure 3 is no better, offering a collage of small circular images that are densely annotated with gibberish. The image is supposed to provide visual representations of how the signaling pathway from Figure 2 regulates the biological properties of spermatogonial stem cells.

Some scientists online questioned whether the article's text was also AI-generated. One user noted that AI detection software determined that it was likely to be AI-generated; however, as Ars has reported previously, such software is unreliable .

Figure 3 is supposed to show the regulation of biological properties of spermatogonial stem cells by JAK/STAT signaling pathway.

The images, while egregious examples, highlight a growing problem in scientific publishing. A scientist's success relies heavily on their publication record, with a large volume of publications, frequent publishing, and articles appearing in top-tier journals, all of which earn scientists more prestige. The system incentivizes less-than-scrupulous researchers to push through low-quality articles, which, in the era of AI chatbots, could potentially be generated with the help of AI. Researchers worry that the growing use of AI will make published research less trustworthy. As such, research journals have recently set new authorship guidelines for AI-generated text to try to address the problem. But for now, as the Frontiers article shows, there are clearly some gaps.

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