Week in Review: 3/27/16 – 4/2/16

April 1, 2016

An Active Microarchitectured Material with Programmable Properties

The aim of this work by J. B. Hopkins et al. is to introduce a new microarchitectured material that consists of a large periodic lattice of small compliant unit cells that are independently controlled using piezo actuators, sensors, and microprocessors embedded within each cell. This material exhibits desired bulk mechanical properties according to control instructions that are uploaded to the material’s microprocessors.
http://www.materialsviews.com/active-microarchitectured-material-programmable-properties/

March 30, 2016

Second quantum revolution a reality with chip-based atomic physics

A University of Oklahoma-led team of physicists believes chip-based atomic physics holds promise to make the second quantum revolution–the engineering of quantum matter with arbitrary precision–a reality. With recent technological advances in fabrication and trapping, hybrid quantum systems are emerging as ideal platforms for a diverse range of studies in quantum control, quantum simulation and computing. http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-03/uoo-sqr033016.php