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 2007

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Shape and Erosion of Pebbles, Douglas Durian, H. Bideaud, P. Duringer, A. P. Schröder, and C. M. Marques

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Novel Defect Structures in Nematic Liquid Crystal Shells, Alberto Fernández-Nieves, Vincenzo Vitelli, Andrew S. Utada, Darren R. Link, Manuel Márquez, David R. Nelson, and David A. Weitz

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Comment on ‘‘Predicting Narrow States in the Spectrum of a Nucleus beyond the Proton Drip Line’’, H Terry Fortune and Rubby Sherr

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Two-Proton Decay Energy and Width of 19Mg(g.s.), H. Terry Fortune and Rubby Sherr

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Topological Insulators with Inversion Symmetry, Liang Fu and Charles L. Kane

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Topological Insulators in Three Dimensions, Liang Fu, Charles L. Kane, and Eugene J. Mele

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Branching, Capping, and Severing in Dynamic Actin Structures, Anjay Gopinathan, Kun-Chun Lee, Jennifer Schwarz, and Andrea J. Liu

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Perturbative Antibrane Potentials in Heterotic M Theory, James Gray, Andre Lukas, and Burt A. Ovrut

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Flux, Gaugino Condensation, and Antibranes in Heteroic M Theory, James Gray, André Lukas, and Burt A. Ovrut

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Landau Analysis of the Symmetry of the Magnetic Structure and Magnetoelectric Interaction in Multiferroics, A. Brooks Harris

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Landau Analysis of the Symmetry of the Magnetic Structure and Magnetoelectric Interaction in Multiferroics, A. Brooks Harris

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Monte Carlo Study of Crystalline Order and Defects on Weakly Curved Surfaces, Alexander Hexemer, Vincenzo Vitelli, Edward J. Kramer, and Glen H. Fredrickson

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Why is Random Close Packing Reproducible?, Randal D. Kamien and Andrea J. Liu

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Direct Transition From a Disordered to a Multiferroic Phase on a Triangular Lattice, Michel Kenzelmann, Gavin J. Lawes, A. Brooks Harris, Goran Gašparović, Collin L. Broholm, Arthur P. Ramirez, Guillermo A. Jorge, Marcelo Jaime, Sungil Park, Qingzhen Huang, Alex Ya Shapiro, and L. A. Demianets

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Formation of Subgap States in Carbon Nanotubes Due to a Local Transverse Electric Field, Jesse M. Kinder and Eugene J. Mele

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Equation of State of Looped DNA, Igor M. Kulić, Hervé Mohrbach, Rochish Thaokar, and Helmut Schiessel

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Hitchhiking Through the Cytoplasm, Igor M. Kulić and Philip C. Nelson

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State-Dependent Diffusion: Thermodynamic Consistency and its Path Integral Formulation, Andy W.C. Lau and Tom C. Lubensky

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Mesons and Flavor on the Conifold, Thomas S. Levi and Peter Ouyang

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Giant Dielectric Permittivity and Magnetocapacitance in La0.875Sr0.125MnO3 Single Crystals, R. F. Mamin, Takeshi Egami, Zsolt Marton, and S. A. Migachev

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Continuum Theory for Piezoelectric Response of Chiral Nanotubes Under Uniaxial and Torsional Stresses, Paul Joseph Michalski and Eugene J. Mele

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Continuum Theory for Piezoelectric Response of Chiral Nanotubes Under Uniaxial and Torsional Stresses, Paul Joseph Michalski and Eugene J. Mele

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Hard Disks on the Hyperbolic Plane, Carl D. Modes and Randall D. Kamien

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Bond-Order Potential for Simulations of Extended Defects in Tungsten, Matous Mrovec, Roman Gröger, Aimee Gotway Bailey, Duc Nguyen-Manh, Christian Elsässer, and Vaclav Vitek

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Colloidal Particle Motion as a Diagnostic of DNA Conformational Transitions, Philip C. Nelson

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Curvature Fields, Topology, and the Dynamics of Spatiotemporal Chaos, Nicholas T. Ouellette and Jerry P. Gollub

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Triply Periodic Smectic Liquid Crystals, Christian D. Santangelo and Randal D. Kamien

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Geometric Theory of Columnar Phases on Curved Substrates, Christian D. Santangelo, Vincenzo Vitelli, Randal D. Kamien, and David R. Nelson

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Symmetry of Magnetic Structures: The Case of CeAl2, J. Schweizer, J. Villain, and A. Brooks Harris

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Elasticity of Short DNA Molecules: Theory and Experiment for Contour Lengths of 0.6–7 µm, Yeonee Seol, Jinyu Li, Philip C. Nelson, Thomas T. Perkins, and M. D. Betterton

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Scale Dependence of Halo and Galaxy Bias: Effects in Real Space, Robert E. Smith, Román Scoccimarro, and Ravi K. Sheth

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Helical Tubes in Crowded Environments, Yehuda Snir and Randal D. Kamien

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Dynamics of Smectic Elastomers, Olaf Stenull and Tom C. Lubensky

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Unconventional Elasticity in Smectic-A Elastomers, Olaf Stenull and Tom C. Lubensky

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Neutron Vibrational Spectroscopy and First-Principles Calculations of the Ternary Hydrides Li4Si2H(D) and Li4Ge2H(D): Electronic Structure and Lattice Dynamics, Hui Wu, Wei Zhou, Terrence J. Udovic, John J. Rush, Tanner Yildirim, Michael R. Hartman, Robert C. Bowman Jr., and John J. Vajo

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Structure and Interstitial Deuterium site of ß-phase ZrNi Deuteride, Hui Wu, Wei Zhou, Terrence J. Udovic, John J. Rush, Tanner Yildirim, Qingzhen Huang, and Robert C. Bowman Jr.

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Excess Vibrational Modes and the Boson Peak in Model Glasses, Ning Xu, Matthieu Wyart, Andrea J. Liu, and Sidney R. Nagel

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Semisoft Nematic Elastomers and Nematics in Crossed Electric and Magnetic Fields, Fangfu Ye, Ranjan Mukhopadhyay, Olaf Stenull, and Tom C. Lubensky

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Diffuse Optical Monitoring of Blood Flow and Oxygenation in Human Breast Cancer During Early Stages of Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy, Chao Zhou, Regine Choe, Natasha Shah, Turgut Durduran, Guoqiang Yu, Amanda Durkin, David Hsiang, Rita Mehta, John Butler, Albert Cerussi, Bruce J. Tromberg, and Arjun G. Yodh

Papers from 2006

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Approach to Jamming in an Air-Fluidized Granular Bed, Adam Ross Abate and Douglas J. Durian

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Higgs Sector in Extensions of the Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model, Vernon Barger, Paul Langacker, Hye-Sung Lee, and Gabe Shaughnessy

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D-brane Charges in Gepner Models, Volker Braun and Sakura Schäfer-Nameki

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Counterion-Mediated Attraction and Kinks on Loops of Semiflexible Polyelectrolyte Bundles, A. Cēbers, Z. Dogic, and Paul Janmey

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Complex Magnetic Order in the Kagomé Staircase Compound Co3V2O8, Ying Chen, Jeffrey W. Lynn, Qingzhen Huang, F. Matthew Woodward, Taner Yildirim, Gavin J. Lawes, Arthur P. Ramirez, Nyrissa S. Rogado, Robert J. Cava, Amnon Aharony, Ora Entin-Wohlman, and A. Brooks Harris

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Short GRB and Binary Black Hole Standard Sirens as a Probe of Dark Energy, Neal Dalal, Daniel E. Holz, Scott A. Hughes, and Bhuvnesh Jain

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What Is in a Pebble Shape?, Douglas J. Durian, H. Bideaud, P. Duringer, A. Schröder, F. Thalmann, and C. M. Marques

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Bubble Kinetics in a Steady-State Column of Aqueous Foam, K. Feitosa, O. L. Halt, Randall D. Kamien, and Douglas J. Durian

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Constraints on energies of 15F(g.s.), 15O(1/2+ , T = 3/2 ), and 16F(0+, T = 2), H. Terry Fortune

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Energy and Width of 11B(1/2+, T = 3/2), H. Terry Fortune

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Excited 0+, T = 2 States in 12Be, 12C, and 12O, H. Terry Fortune and Rubby Sherr

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Time Reversal Polarization and a Z2 Adiabatic Spin Pump, Liang Fu and Charles L. Kane

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Biological Consequences of Tightly Bent DNA: The Other Life of a Macromolecular Celebrity, Hernan G. Garcia, Paul Grayson, Lin Han, Mandar Inamdar, Jané Kondev, Philip C. Nelson, Rob Phillips, Jonathan Widom, and Paul A. Wiggins

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Colloidal Electroconvection in a Thin Horizontal Cell. II. Bulk Electroconvection of Water During Parallel-Plate Electrolysis, Yilong Han and David G. Grier

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Ferroelectricity Induced by Incommensurate Magnetism (Invited), A. Brooks Harris

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Dimer Statistics on a Bethe Lattice, A. Brooks Harris and Michael Cohen

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Dimer Statistics on a Bethe Lattice, A. Brooks Harris and Michael Cohen

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Theoretical Analysis of the Double-q Magnetic Structure of CeAl2, A. Brooks Harris and J. Schweizer

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Towards a Microscopic Model of Magnetoelectric Interactions in Ni3V2O8, A. Brooks Harris, Taner Yildirim, Amnon Aharony, and Ora Entin-Wohlman

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Is there Any Evidence for Integrated Sachs-Wolfe Signal in WMAP First Year Data?, Carlos Hernández-Monteaguado, Ricardo Génova-Santos, and Fernando Atrio-Barandela

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Field Dependence of Magnetic Ordering in Kagomé-Staircase Compound Ni3V2O8, Michel Kenzelmann, A. Brooks Harris, Amnon Aharony, Ora Entin-Wohlman, Taner Yildirim, Qingzhen Huang, Sungil Park, Gavin J. Lawes, C. Broholm, Nyrissa S. Rogado, Robert J. Cava, Keehoon Kim, Guillermo A. Jorge, and Arthur P. Ramirez

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Review of Leonard Susskind "The Cosmic Landscape: String Theory and the Illusion of Intelligent Design, Paul Langacker

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Wetting and Contact Lines of Micrometer-Sized Ellipsoids, Jean-Christophe Loudet, Arjun G. Yodh, and Bernard Pouligny

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Dark Energy Constratins from Lensing-Detected Galaxy Clusters, Laura Marian and Gary Bernstein

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SpinWaves in the Frustrated Kagomé Lattice Antiferromagnet KFe3(OH)6(SO4)2, Kittiwit Matan, Daniel Grohol, Daniel G. Nocera, Taner Yildirim, A. Brooks Harris, Seunghun H. Lee, Stephen E. Nagler, and Young S. Lee

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Spin Waves in the Frustrated Kagomé Lattice Antiferromagnet KFe3(OH)6(SO4)2, Kittiwit Matan, Daniel Grohol, Daniel G. Nocera, Taner Yildirim, A. Brooks Harris, Seunghun Lee, Stephen E. Nagler, and Youngsu Lee

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Tethered Particle Motion as a Diagnostic of DNA Tether Length, Philip C. Nelson, Chiara Zurla, Doriano Brogioli, John F. Beausang, Laura Finzi, and David Dunlap

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Matter Density Perturbations in Interacting Quintessence Models, Germań Olivares, Fernando Atrio-Barandela, and Diego Pavón

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Electrospun Hybrid Organic/Inorganic Semiconductor Schottky Nanodiode, Nicholas J. Pinto, Rosana González, Alan T. Johnson, and Alan G. MacDiarmid

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Response to “Comment on ‘Electrospun hybrid organic/inorganic semiconductor Schottky nanodiode’ ” [Appl. Phys. Lett. 89, 176101 (2006)], Nicolas J. Pinto, Rosana González, A.T. Charlie Johnson Jr., and Alan G. MacDiarmid

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A Block Slipping on a Sphere with Friction: Exact and Perturbative Solutions, Tom Prior and Eugene J. Mele

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Excluded-Volume Effects in Tethered-Particle Experiments: Bead Size Matters, Darren E. Segall, Philip C. Nelson, and Rob Phillips

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N-Body Simulations of Alternative Gravity Models, Hans F. Stabenau and Bhuvnesh Jain

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Soft Elasticity in Biaxial Smectic and Smectic-C Elastomers, Olaf Stenull and Thomas C. Lubensky

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Nematic Textures in Spherical Shells, Vincenzo Vitelli and David R. Nelson

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A Generalized Theory of Semiflexible Polymers, Paul A. Wiggins and Philip C. Nelson

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Magnetic Structure and Spin Waves in the Kagomé Jarosite Compound KFe3(SO4)2(OH)6, Taner Yildirim and A. Brooks Harris

Papers from 2005

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Partition of Energy for Air-Fluidized Grains, A. R. Abate and Douglas J. Durian

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Dynamics of Shallow Impact Cratering, M. A. Ambroso, Randall D. Kamien, and Douglas J. Durian

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Penetration Depth for Shallow Impact Cratering, M. A. Ambroso, C. R. Santore, A. R. Abate, and Douglas J. Durian

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Speckle-Visibility Spectroscopy: A Tool to Study Time-Varying Dynamics, R. Bandyopadhyay, A. S. Gittings, S. S. Suh, P. K. Dixon, and Douglas J. Durian

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Teaching Biological Physics, Raymond E. Goldstein, Philip C. Nelson, and Thomas R. Powers

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Colloidal Electroconvection in a Thin Horizontal Cell. I. Microscopic Cooperative Patterns at Low Voltage, Yilong Han and David G. Grier

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1 ∕ d Expansion for k-Core Percolation, A. Brooks Harris and Jürgen M. Schwarz

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Magnetic Inversion Symmetry Breaking and Ferroelectricity in TbMnO3, Michel Kenzelmann, A. Brooks Harris, Seth H. Jonas, Collin L. Broholm, Jürg Schefer, Sungbaek Kim, Chunli Zhang, Sangwook Cheong, Owen P. Vajk, and Jeffrey W. Lynn

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Magnetically Driven Ferroelectric Order in Ni3V2O8, Gavin J. Lawes, A. Brooks Harris, Tsuyoshi Kimura, Nyrissa S. Rogado, Robert J. Cava, Amnon Aharony, Ora Entin-Wohlman, Taner Yildirim, Michel Kenzelmann, Collin L. Broholm, and Arthur P. Ramirez

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Statistical Characterization of the Forces on Spheres in an Upflow of Air, R. Ojha, A. R. Abate, and Douglas J. Durian

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Magnetic Structure of the Jahn-Teller System LaTiO3, Robert Schmitz, Ora Entin-Wohlman, Amnon Aharony, A. Brooks Harris, and Erwin Müller-Hartmann

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Spin-Wave Spectrum of the Jahn-Teller System LaTiO3, Robert Schmitz, Ora Entin-Wohlman, Amnon Aharony, A. Brooks Harris, and Erwin Müller-Hartmann

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Exact Theory of Kinkable Elastic Polymers, Paul A. Wiggins, Rob Phillips, and Philip C. Nelson

Papers from 2004

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Photon Channelling in Foams, A. S. Gittings, R. Bandyopadhyay, and Douglas J. Durian

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Landau Expansion for the Kugel-Khomskii t2g Hamiltonian, A. Brooks Harris, Amnon Aharony, Ora Entin-Wohlman, I. Ya Korenblit, and Taner Yildirim

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Hidden Symmetries and Their Consequences in t2g Cubic Perovskites, A. Brooks Harris, Tanner Yildirim, Amnon Aharony, Ora Entin-Wohlman, and I. Ya Korenblit

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Dynamics of Normal and Superfluid Fogs Using Diffusing-Wave Spectroscopy, Heetae Kim and Pierre-Anthony Lemieux

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Competing Magnetic Phases on a Kagomé Staircase, Gavin J. Lawes, Michel Kenzelmann, Nyrissa S. Rogado, Keehoon Kim, Guillermo A. Jorge, Robert J. Cava, Amnon Aharony, Ora Entin-Wohlman, A. Brooks Harris, Taner Yildirim, Qingzhen Huang, Sungil Park, C. Broholm, and Arthur P. Ramirez

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Comment on “Rotational Drag on DNA: A Single Molecule Experiment, Philip C. Nelson

Papers from 2003

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Speckle Visibility Spectroscopy and Variable Granular Fluidization, P. K. Dixon and Douglas J. Durian

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Relaxing in Foam, A. D. Gopal and Douglas J. Durian

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Unusual Symmetries in the Kugel-Khomskii Hamiltonian, A. Brooks Harris, Taner Yildirim, Amnon Aharony, Ora Entin-Wohlman, and I. Ya Korenblit

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A 64-pixel Positron-Sensitive Surgical Probe, F. Liu, J R. Saffer, Godwin M. Mayers, Walter Kononenko, F Mitchell Newcomer, Joel S. Karp, and N S. Lockyer

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Projectile-Shape Dependence of Impact Craters in Loose Granular Media, K. A. Newhall