Bubbles! The Physics of Champagne

Original published in Cosmos Magazine, 6 November 2018. This has attracted media attention - check my Phil Up On Science Live page for radio interview times. Opening a bottle of champagne not only signifies the start of a celebration, but also uncorks a swathe of sophisticated physics phenomena that contribute to the special appeal of … Continue reading Bubbles! The Physics of Champagne

Quantum pancake reveals clues to better electronics

First published on Cosmos Magazine site, 25/9/18 An experiment with a cloud of ultracold atoms squashed into a quantum pancake has revealed never-before seen quantum effects that could lead to more efficient electronics, including high temperature superconductors. A team at Swinburne University in Australia observed a quantum anomaly in lithium-6 gas cooled to a few … Continue reading Quantum pancake reveals clues to better electronics