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Tuning the universality class of quantum spin chains

In the introductory solid state physics courses, lattice vibrations in a crystal are typically introduced by considering first a hypothetical one-dimensional chain of atoms, which can be solved fully making it easier to grasp the idea of phonons (quanta of lattice waves) without really worrying about the complexities of a real three-dimensional crystal. 1,435 more words

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Prolonging the Quantum nature

In contrast to the mundane classical world we experience in our daily life, the quantum world is known to be both elusive and strange – like the Shroedinger’s cat that can be both alive and dead at the same time. 169 more words

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News Roundup — Apr. 14, 2017

These are a few stories we found this week that may be of interest to institute regulars. If you have a news tip, please send it to… 559 more words


Ending the Winter with four NSERC USRA Awards, Two Graduate Scholarships, Best Professor award, EWB lecture...

Our research team received four NSERC USRA scholarships this summer (up from two last summer). The students (Natalie, Ben, Chloe and Seth) with these scholarships will study a variety of projects from Modelling pedestrian flow, timber design, to studying travelling fires with our international and national collaborators. 346 more words

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Recruiting Participants!

We’re on a big push to recruit people to participate in experiments! And we pay!

Your options range from behavioural or neuroimaging experiments at the Brunel Campus in Hillingdon, or neuroimaging studies at the Royal Holloway Campus in Surrey. 37 more words

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Could the Answer to Treating Parkinson’s Disease Come From Within the Brain?

Sometimes a solution to a disease doesn’t come in the form of a drug or a stem cell therapy, but from within ourselves.

Yesterday, scientists from the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden reported an alternative strategy for treating Parkinson’s disease that involves reprogramming specific cells in the brain into the nerve cells killed off by the disease. 1,199 more words

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The Demand for Alternative Sweeteners Projected to Reach over 2 Million Metric Tons by 2022, Owing to Increased Awareness of Obesity and Diabetes

Industry Experts unveiled the new market research report on Alternative Sweeteners. The new report titled ‘Alternative Sweeteners – A Global Market Overview’ reveals that the Asia-Pacific market is estimated the largest consumer of alternative sweeteners (HIS and Polyols) accounting for slightly over half of the global consumption in 2017 and the same anticipated to increase through to 2022. 576 more words

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