Omar Chmaissem and Dennis Brown

Scientists discover exotic magnetic structures in iron-based superconductors

Scientists from NIU and Argonne National Laboratory are reporting this week in the journal Nature Physics on the discovery of exotic magnetic structures in iron-based superconductors. Superconductors exhibit amazing properties: When cooled below certain temperatures, they conduct electricity without energy-sapping resistance. But

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Laxman Thoutam

NIU Ph.D. student publishes discoveries in top physics journal

An NIU Ph.D. student in physics is the first author of recently published research in the prestigious journal, Physical Review Letters. The research, by Laxman Thoutam with co-authors from NIU and Argonne National Laboratory, might move scientists closer to understanding the properties

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NIU physics student Keith Taddei

Physics student Keith Taddei receives top award for student lecture

NIU physics student Keith Taddei received an award for best student lecture at the American Crystallographic Association Conference, held July 25 to July 29 in Philadelphia. Taddei’s lecture titled, “Observation of the Magnetic C4 Phase and a Two Q Magnetic Structure in

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Photo of a tambourine

Good Vibrations: July 23 STEM Café to explore physics of musical instruments

Snare drums snap, bells ting-a-ling and flutes whistle like birds. But why does one instrument sound any different than another? And how do objects produce sound in the first place? NIU alum Andrew Morrison has spent his career using physics to study

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