Department of Physics Papers

Department of Physics Papers

 
The aim of physicists is to discover the most fundamental principles of nature. Their tools are mathematics and experiment. The physical world as we perceive it is very complex, yet the principles of Physics are inherently simple. A physicist's forte is the ability to analyze a problem, reduce its complexity, and arrive at an understanding of the underlying patterns of nature in terms of simple relationships among constituent elements. Learning to do this gives Physics majors an intellectual versatility that can serve them well in a variety of future activities ranging from research and teaching in Physics or related sciences to careers in law, the health professions, and high-technology companies.

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Papers from 2012

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Spare the (Elastic) Rod, Philip C. Nelson

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Why Do Axons Differ in Caliber?, Janos A. Perge, Jeremy E. Niven, Enrico Mugnaini, Vijay Balasubramanian, and Peter Sterling

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Coarsening of a Two-dimensional Foam on a Dome, A. E. Roth, C. D. Jones, and Douglas J. Durian

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Environmental Chamber for in Situ Dynamic Control of Temperature and Relative Humidity During X-Ray Scattering, David Salas-de la Cruz, Jeffrey G. Denis, Matthew D. Griffith, Daniel R. King, Paul A. Heiney, and Karen I. Winey

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The Atacama Cosmology Telescope: Cross-Correlation of Cosmic Microwave Background Lensing and Quasars, Blake D. Sherwin, Sudeep Das, Amir Hajian, Graeme Addison, Richard Bond, Devin Crichton, Mark J. Devlin, and Erik D. Reese

Quantum Stability of Chameleon Field Theories, Amol Upadhye, Wayne Hu, and Justin Khoury

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No-Go Theorems for Generalized Chameleon Field Theories, Junpu Wang, Lam Hui, and Justin Khoury

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Atacama Cosmology Telescope: A Measurement of the Thermal Sunyaev-Zel’dovich Effect Using the Skewness of the CMB Temperature Distribution, Michael J. Wilson, Blake D. Sherwin, J. Colin Hill, Graeme Addison, Nick Battaglia, J. Richard Bond, Sudeep Das, Mark J. Devlin, Erik D. Reese, and Daniel S. Swetz

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Dirac Semimetal in Three Dimensions, Steve M. Young, Saad Zaheer, Jeffrey C. Teo, Charles L. Kane, Eugene J. Mele, and A M. Rappe

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Influence of Particle Shape on Bending Rigidity of Colloidal Monolayer Membranes and Particle Deposition during Droplet Evaporation in Confined Geometries, Peter J. Yunker, Matthew Gratale, Matthew A. Lohr, Tim Still, Thomas C. Lubensky, and Arjun G. Yodh

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Surface States of Topological Insulators, Fan Zhang, Charles L. Kane, and Eugene J. Mele

Papers from 2011

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Screening Bulk Curvature in the Presence of Large Brane Tension, Nishant Agarwal, Rachel Bean, Justin Khoury, and Mark Trodden

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Stabilizing all geometric moduli in heterotic Calabi-Yau vacua, Lara B. Anderson, James Gray, Andre Lukas, and Burt A. Ovrut

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Instabilities of spherical solutions with multiple Galileons and SO(N) symmetry, Melinda Andrews, Kurt Hinterbichler, Justin Khoury, and Mark Trodden

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Thermalization of Strongly Coupled Field Theories, Vijay Balasubramanian, Alice Bernamonti, Johannes de Boer, Neil Copland, Ben Craps, Esko Keski-Vakkuri, Berndt O. Müller, Andreas Schäfer, Masaki Shigemori, and Wieland Staessens

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Helical Luttinger Liquids and Three-Dimensional Black Holes, Vijay Balasubramanian, Iñaki García-Etxebarria, Finn Larsen, and Joan Simón

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Changepoint Analysis for Single-Molecule Polarized Total Internal Reflection Fluorescence Microscopy Experiments, John F. Beausang, Yale E. Goldman, and Philip C. Nelson

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Pb-free Ferroelectrics Investigated with Density Functional Theory: SnAl½Nb½O3 Perovskites, Joseph W Bennett, Ilya Grinberg, Peter K. Davies, and Andrew M. Rappe

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Conformal Invariance and Near-Extreme Rotating AdS Black Holes, Tolga Birkandan and Mirjam Cvetič

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Serious discrepancies between nuclear magnetic resonance and neutron scattering measurements in the critical region of classic two-dimensional magnets and anomalous behaviors at low temperatures, Nicholas Bykovetz, J. Klein, and C. L. Lin

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Is EuSe a pseudo two-dimensional magnetic system?, Nicholas Bykovetz, J. Klein, C. L. Lin, and K. Raj

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Measurement of Correlations between Low-Frequency Vibrational Modes and Particle Rearrangements in Quasi-Two-Dimensional Colloidal Glasses, Ke Chen, M. L. Manning, Peter J. Yunker, Wouter G. Ellenbroek, Zexin Zhang, Andrea J. Liu, and Arjun G. Yodh

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Universal Area Product Formulas for Rotating and Charged Black Holes in Four and Higher Dimensions, Mirjam Cvetič, Gary W. Gibbons, and Christopher N. Pope

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Black Hole Enthalpy and an Entropy Inequality for the Thermodynamic Volume, Mirjam Cvetič, G. W. Gibbons, D. Kubizňák, and C. N. Pope

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Propagating Waves in a Monolayer of Gas-Fluidized Rods, Linda J. Daniels

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Tackling Higher Derivative Ghosts with the Euclidean Path Integral, Michele Fontanini and Mark Trodden

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The Puzzle of 32Mg, H Terry Fortune

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Widths in 15C and 15F, H Terry Fortune

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(sd)2 States or Superclusters in 10Be, H Terry Fortune and Rubby Sherr

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Neutron Widths and Configuration Mixing in 11Be, H. Terry Fortune and Rubby Sherr

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Structure of 2+, T = 2 States in A = 12 Nuclei, H. Terry Fortune and Rubby Sherr

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Stability and Superluminality of Spherical DBI Galileon Solutions, Garrett L. Goon, Kurt Hinterbichler, and Mark Trodden

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Measuring Oscillatory Velocity Fields Due to Swimming Algae, Jeffrey S. Guasto, Karl A. Johnson, and Jerry P. Gollub

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Phonons and Their Coupling to Magnons in n=2 Ruddlesden-Popper Compounds, A. Brooks Harris

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Symmetry Analysis for the Ruddlesden-Popper Systems Ca3Mn2O7 and Ca3Ti2O7, A. Brooks Harris

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Symmetry analysis for the Ruddlesden-Popper systems Ca3Mn2O7 and Ca3Ti2O7, A. Brooks Harris

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Universal Jamming Phase Diagram in the Hard-Sphere Limit, Thomas K. Haxton, Michael Schmiedeberg, and Andrea J. Liu

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Internal Stresses, Normal Modes, and Nonaffinity in Three-Dimensional Biopolymer Networks, E. M. Huisman and Thomas C. Lubensky

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Collapse Transition of Randomly Branched Polymers: Renormalized Field Theory, Hans-Karl Janssen and Olaf Stenull

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Interface Between Topological and Superconducting Qubits, Liang Jiang, Charles L. Kane, and John Preskill

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Scale Invariance via a Phase of Slow Expansion, Austin Joyce and Justin Khoury

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Optimized Photolithographic Fabrication Process for Carbon Nanotube Devices, Samuel M. Khamis, R. A. Jones, and A. T. Charlie Johnson

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Supersymmetric Galileons, Justin Khoury, Jean-Luc Lehners, and Burt A. Ovrut

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Toward a Cosmological Dual to Inflation, Justin Khoury and Godfrey E.J. Miller

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Generating Scale-Invariant Perturbations from Rapidly-Evolving Equation of State, Justin Khoury and Paul J. Steinhardt

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Low-Energy Coherent Transport in Metallic Carbon Nanotube Junctions, Ahmed A. Maarouf and Eugene J. Mele

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Vibrational Modes Identify Soft Spots in a Sheared Disordered Packing, M. Lisa Manning and Andrea J. Liu

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Band Symmetries and Singularities in Twisted Multilayer Graphene, Eugene J. Mele

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Dynamical Heterogeneity in Soft-Particle Suspensions Under Shear, Kerstin N. Nordstrom, Jerry P. Gollub, and Douglas J. Durian

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Melting of Multilayer Colloidal Crystals Confined Between Two Walls, Yi Peng, Ziren Wang, Ahmed M. Alsayed, Arjun G. Yodh, and Yilong Han

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Abrasion of Flat Rotating Shapes, A. E. Roth, C. M. Marques, and Douglas J. Durian

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Two Features at the Two-Dimensional Freezing Transitions, Ziren Wang, Weikai Qi, Yi Peng, Ahmed M. Alsayed, Yong Chen, Penger Tong, and Yiklong Han

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Direct Determination of the Size of Basins of Attraction of Jammed Solids, Ning Xu, Daan Frenkel, and Andrea J. Liu

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Theoretical Investigation of the Evolution of the Topological Phase of Bi2Se3 under Mechanical Strain, Steve M. Young, Sugata Chowdhury, Eric J. Walter, Eugene J. Mele, Charles L. Kane, and Andrew M. Rappe

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Phonon Spectra, Nearest Neighbors, and Mechanical Stability of Disordered Colloidal Clusters with Attractive Interactions, Peter Yunker, Ke Chen, Zexin Zhang, and Arjun G. Yodh

Papers from 2010

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Cascading Cosmology, Nishant Agarwal, Rachel Bean, Justin Khoury, and Mark Trodden

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Distinguishing k-defects from their Canonical Twins, Melinda Andrews, Matt Lewandowski, Mark Trodden, and Daniel Wesley

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Noise and Bias in Square-Root Compression Schemes, Gary M. Bernstein, Chris Bebek, Jason Rhodes, Chris Stoughton, R. Ali Vanderveld, and Penshu Yeh

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Relativistic Images in Randall-Sundrum II Braneworld Lensing, Amitai Y. Bin-Nun

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NMR Measurements of Power-law Behavior in the Spin-wave and Critical Regions of Ferromagnetic EuO, N. Bykovetz, B. Birang, J. Klein, and C. L. Lin

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Minimal Resonances in Annular Non-Euclidean Strips, Bryan Gin-ge Chen and Christian D. Santangelo

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Low-Frequency Vibrations of Soft Colloidal Glasses, Ke Chen, Wouter G. Ellenbroek, Zexin Zhang, Daniel T.N. Chen, Peter J. Yunker, Silke Henkes, Carolina Brito, Oliver Dauchot, Wim Van Saarloos, Andrea J. Liu, and Arjun G. Yodh

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Non-Abelian Black Holes in D = 5 maximal gauged supergravity, Mirjam Cvetič, H. Lü, and C. N. Pope

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Modeling Scale-Dependent Bias on the Baryonic Acoustic Scale with the Statistics of Peaks of Gaussian Random Fields, Vincent Desjacques, Martin Crocce, Roman Scoccimarro, and Ravi K. Sheth

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Magnetic Structure and Magnetoelectric Coupling in Bulk and Thin Film FeVO4, Ambesh V. Dixit, Gavin J. Lawes, and A. Brooks Harris

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Making a Frothy Shampoo or Beer, Douglas Durian and Srinivasa R. Raghavan

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Characterization of Memory and Measurement History in Photoconductivity of Nanocyrstal Arrays, Jessamyn A. Fairfield, Tali Dadosh, and Marija Drndic

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Update on alpha-particle and Nucleon Widths in 19F and 19Ne, H. Terry Fortune, A G. Lacaze, and Rubby Sherr

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Coulomb Energies in 16Ne and Low-lying levels of 17Na, H Terry Fortune and Rubby Sherr

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Energy and Width of the Excited 0+ stat in 12O, H Terry Fortune and Rubby Sherr

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Oscillatory Flows Induced by Microoganisms Swimming in Two Dimensions, Jeffrey S. Guasto, Karl A. Johnson, and Jerry P. Gollub

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Hydrodynamic Irreversibility in Particle Suspensions with Nonuniform Strain, Jeffrey S. Guasto, Andrew S. Ross, and Jerry P. Gollub

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Tests of Gravity from Imaging and Spectroscopic Surveys, Jacek Guzik, Bhuvnesh Jain, and Masahiro Takada

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A System Exhibiting Toroidal Order, A. Brooks Harris

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A System Exhibiting Toroidal Order, A. Brooks Harris

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Charge and Spin Ordering in the Mixed-Valence Compound LuFe2O4, A. Brooks Harris and Taner Yildirim

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Charge and Spin Ordering in the Mixed-Valence Compound LuFe2O4, A Brooks Harris and Tanner Yildirim

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Colloquium: Topological Insulators, M. Zahid Hasan and Charles L. Kane

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Multifield Galileons and Higher Codimension Branes, Kurt Hinterbichler, Mark Trodden, and Daniel Wesley

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Vortex Scattering and Intercommuting Cosmic Strings on a Noncommutative Spacetime, Anosh Joseph and Mark Trodden

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Helical Packings and Phase Transformations of Soft Spheres in Cylinders, Matthew A. Lohr, A. M. Alsayed, Zheng Zhang, Bryan G. Chen, Randall D. Kamien, and Arjun G. Yodh

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Elastic Response and Ward Identities in Stressed Nematic Elastomers, Thomas C. Lubensky and Fangfu Ye

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DNA-decorated Graphene Chemical Sensors, Ye Lu, Brett R. Goldsmith, Nicholas Kybert, and Charlie Johnson

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Photometric Redshift Biases from Galaxy Evolution, C. Jonathan MacDonald and Gary Bernstein

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Commensuration and Interlayer Coherence in Twisted Bilayer Graphene, Eugene J. Mele

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Centrifugal Compression of Soft Particle Packings: Theory and Experiment, Kerstin N. Nordstrom, Emilie Verneuil, Wouter G. Ellenbroek, Tom C. Lubensky, Jerry P. Gollub, and Douglas J. Durian

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Melting of Colloidal Crystal Films, Yi Peng, Ziren Wang, Ahmed M. Alsayed, Arjun G. Yodh, and Y Han

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Stable Levitation and Alignment of Compact Objects by Casimir Spring Forces, Sahand Jamal Rahi and Saad Zaheer

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Spherical Collapse and the Halo Model in Braneworld Gravity, Fabian Schmidt, Wayne Hu, and Marcos Lima

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Nanoparticle Shape Selection by Repulsive Interactions: Metal Islands on Few-Layer Graphene, Luke A. Somers, Natalya A. Zimbovskaya, Charlie Johnson, and Eugene J. Mele

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Majorana Fermoins and Non-Abelian Statistics in Three Dimensions, Jeffrey C.Y. Teo and Charles L. Kane

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Topological Defects and Gapless Modes in Insulators and Superconductors, Jeffrey C.Y. Teo and Charles L. Kane

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Scalar Kinks in Warped Extra Dimensions, Manuel Toharia, Mark Trodden, and Eric J. West

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Heat Transport in Model Jammed Solids, Vincenzo Vitelli, Ning Xu, Matthieu Wyart, Andrea J. Liu, and Sidney R. Nagel

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Chirality Dependence of the K-momentum Dark Excitons in Carbon Nanotubes, Patrick M. Vora, X Tu, Eugene J. Mele, M Zheng, and James M. Kikkawa

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Optimizing Information Flow in Small Genetic Networks. II. Feed-forward Interactions, Aleksandra M. Walczak, Gasper Tkačik, and William Bialek

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Two-dimensional freezing criteria for crystallizing colloidal monolayers, Ziren Wang, Ahmed M. Alsayed, Arjun G. Yodh, and Yilong Han

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Enhanced Peculiar Velocities in Brane-induced Gravity, Mark Wyman and Justin Khoury

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Observation of the Disorder-Induced Crystal-to-Glass Transition, Peter Yunker, Zexin Zhang, and Arjun G. Yodh

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Casimir interactions of an object inside a spherical metal shell, Saad Zaheer, Sahand Jamal Rahi, Thorsten Emig, and Robert L. Jaffe