Three innovative projects selected to receive funding from the Schmidt Transformative Technology Fund
May 11, 2020
Written by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research

Three research endeavors aimed at fundamental challenges in health, information technology and water conservation have been selected for funding through the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Transformative Technology Fund.

The funding will support…

New Princeton study takes superconductivity to the edge
April 30, 2020
Princeton researchers detect a supercurrent — a current flowing without energy loss — at the edge of a superconductor with a topological twist.
Superconductivity meets topology: an edge supercurrent appears in a Weyl superconductor
April 30, 2020
Written by N. Phuan Ong, Department of Physics, Princeton University
In the Princeton experiment, the motivating question was what happens when the bulk is not an insulator but a superconductor. What novel features arise when superconductivity occurs in a topological material?
Fast and fragile: Two new studies explain the strange electron flow in future materials
Feb. 13, 2020
Written by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research

Electrons race along the surface of certain unusual crystalline materials, except that sometimes they don't. Two new studies from Princeton researchers and their collaborators explain the source of the surprising behavior and chart a course for restoring the speedy flow of electrons through these remarkable crystals, prized for their potential…

In leap for quantum computing, silicon quantum bits establish a long-distance relationship
Dec. 30, 2019
Written by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research

Imagine a world where people could only talk to their next-door neighbor, and messages must be passed house to house to reach far destinations.

Until now, this has been the situation for the bits of hardware that make up a silicon quantum computer, a type of quantum computer with the potential to be cheaper and more versatile than…

New rules illuminate how objects absorb and emit light
Dec. 23, 2019
Written by Scott Lyon, Office of Engineering Communications

Princeton researchers have uncovered new rules governing how objects absorb and emit light, fine-tuning scientists' control over light and boosting research into next-generation solar and optical devices.

The discovery solves a longstanding problem of scale, where light's behavior when interacting with tiny objects violates well…

Novel PPPL invention could improve the efficiency of car and truck engines while reducing pollutants
Dec. 19, 2019
Written by John Greenwald, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

When it comes to car and truck engines, not much has changed since Nikolaus Otto invented the modern internal combustion engine in 1876. But the internal combustion engine could, at least theoretically, be in for a big change.

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics…

Foam offers way to manipulate light
Nov. 19, 2019
Written by Steven Schultz, Office of Engineering Communications

There is more to foam than meets the eye. Literally. A study by Princeton scientists has shown that a type of foam long studied by researchers is able to block particular wavelengths of light, a coveted property for next-generation information technology that uses light instead of electricity.

The researchers, integrating expertise…

Schmidt DataX Fund supports research projects that harness data science to speed up discovery
Nov. 18, 2019
Written by Sharon Adarlo, Center for Statistics and Machine Learning

Nine data-driven research projects have won funding from Princeton University’s Schmidt DataX Fund, which aims to spread and deepen the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning across campus to accelerate discovery.

In February, the University announced the

Princeton announces initiative to propel innovations in quantum science and technology
Sept. 25, 2019
Written by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research

Princeton University has announced the creation of the Princeton Quantum Initiative to foster research and training across the spectrum from fundamental quantum science to its application in areas such as computing, sensing and communications.

The new initiative builds on Princeton's world-renowned expertise in quantum science, the…