Chemistry’s new ssNMR instrument: “limitless” possibilities for campus researchers
May 16, 2024
Written by Wendy Plump, Department of Chemistry

Marking a watershed acquisition for Princeton’s campus, the Department of Chemistry’s new solid-state Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (ssNMR) instrument—funded through an ambitious partnership with the Office of the Provost, Office of the Dean for Research, and Princeton Materials Institute (PMI)—is…

Science has an AI problem. This group says they can fix it.
May 1, 2024
Written by Scott Lyon, Office of Engineering Communications

AI holds the potential to help doctors find early markers of disease and policymakers to avoid decisions that lead to war. But a growing body of evidence has revealed deep flaws in how machine learning is used in science, a problem that has swept through dozens of fields and implicated thousands of erroneous papers.

Now an…

Software engineers optimize code to accelerate machine learning research at Princeton
March 29, 2024
Written by Allison Gasparini, Center for Statistics and Machine Learning

In laboratories dealing with computational research, the computer programs used by researchers are sometimes many years old, originally written in outdated programming languages and passed down through several generations of students. If a person doesn’t have a background in software development, they may not know how to write code in a way…

AI at Princeton: Pushing limits, accelerating discovery and serving humanity
March 18, 2024
Written by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

At Princeton, interdisciplinary collaborations of researchers are using artificial intelligence to accelerate discovery across the University in fields ranging from neuroscience to Near Eastern studies.

Princeton experts are also pushing the limits of AI technology to make it more accurate and efficient, to…

Princeton's world-class microscopes are making a giant impact in the realm of the minuscule
Feb. 1, 2024
Written by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

Princeton scientists are peering into the smallest corners of matter using an exceptional collection of sophisticated microscopes — some so big they fill a room. These remarkable instruments have established the University as a world leader in microscopy and led to countless discoveries.

A way to stop cancer cells from metastasizing…

Edge supercurrent reveals competing electron-pairing mechanisms in a topological superconductor
Jan. 16, 2024
Written by Tom Garlinghouse for the Department of Physics

Three years ago, scientists discovered evidence of edge supercurrents in the Weyl superconductor molybdenum telluride. Now, Princeton researchers have expanded on that finding and uncovered a series of novel features that may broaden our understanding of topological superconductivity. In the new experiment, the superconducting electrons in molybdenum telluride are forced to coexist with a stronger supercurrent injected from the conventional superconductor niobium.  The competition between the two incompatible superconducting populations leaves a distinctive imprint on oscillations executed by the edge supercurrent in the presence of a magnetic field. The oscillations provide a new window on how electrons behave in the superconducting state. This research, to appear in Nature Physics, deepens our understanding of quantum phenomena in novel materials.

IRIS-HEP receives funding for another five years of research
Jan. 11, 2024
Written by Allison Gasparini for the IRIS-HEP Collaboration

This September marked the end of the first five years of research for the Institute for Research and Innovation in Software for High Energy Physics (IRIS-HEP). In mid-month, an international cohort of the software collaboration’s researchers and project team gathered in Madison, Wisconsin for an all-hands…

'Sudden death' of quantum fluctuations defies current theories of superconductivity
Jan. 10, 2024
Written by Tom Garlinghouse for the Department of Physics

Princeton physicists developed a new experimental approach that precisely detects quantum mechanical fluctuations on the verge of a phase transition of a two-dimensional superconductor. The results uncover a new type of quantum phase transition that cannot be explained by the established theories used to describe phase transitions in superconductors. This research promises to propel the study of quantum condensed matter and superconductivity in new directions.

Leveraging language models for fusion energy research
Dec. 22, 2023
Written by Colton Poore, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

Since the advent of fusion research, scientists have published thousands of documents on the subject — papers, conference proceedings, and even written logs from previous experiments at fusion reactors around the world. Such a wellspring of information would easily take a lifetime to read, and even longer to comprehend.

During an…

Physicists ‘entangle’ individual molecules for the first time, bringing about a new platform for quantum science
Dec. 7, 2023
Written by Tom Garlinghouse for the Department of Physics

For the first time, a team of Princeton physicists have been able to link together individual molecules into special states that are quantum mechanically “entangled.” In these bizarre states, the molecules remain correlated with each other—and can interact simultaneously—even if they are miles apart, or indeed, even if they occupy opposite ends of the universe. This research was recently published in the journal Science.