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By studying ultracold atoms trapped in artificial crystals of light, Guillaume Salomon, a postdoc at the Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics in the group of Prof. Immanuel Bloch, and a team of scientists have been able to directly observe a fundamental effect of one-dimensional quantum systems. more

Circumstellar disks made up of gas and dust are the birthplaces of planets. New observations indicate that the structures of such disks are highly diverse, and that planets form at much faster rates than current theories predict. more