Structure of solids and liquids

Structure of solids and liquids is the study of the physical properties of matter in which there is a non-negligible interaction between the constituent atoms or molecules. While the atoms or molecules in a liquid are free to move around, those in solids are limited to vibrating about a fixed point.

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    A crystal structure with one-dimensional order is identified in oxide ceramics, which is distinguished from the well-known categories of solid structures and potentially provides unexpected properties.

    • Eric A. Stach
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    A paradigm relating ultrahigh piezoelectricity and multiscale inhomogeneous structure in relaxor ferroelectrics emerges from state-of-the-art neutron and X-ray diffuse scattering measurements.

    • Hiroyuki Takenaka
    • , Ilya Grinberg
    •  & Andrew M. Rappe
    Nature Materials 17, 657-658
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    Many particles — both fundamental and emergent — carry angular momentum or spin. Experiments have now demonstrated that phonons can transport angular momentum, showing that they may have spin too.

    • Matthias B. Jungfleisch
    •  & Axel Hoffmann
    Nature Physics 14, 433-434