However, investigating the dynamics of systems that are far out of equilibrium and watching them “live” has been difficult so far. Now, researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching have accomplished precisely this, using a quantum gas microscope. With this tool, quantum systems can be manipulated and then imaged with such high resolution that even individual atoms are visible. The results of the experiments on linear chains of spins show that the way their orientation propagates corresponds to the so-called Kardar-Parisi-Zhang superdiffusion. This confirms a conjecture that recently emerged from theoretical considerations.
Just finished reading the reissue of The Projector/Elephant. Marvelous clear line surreal art. Here’s a page from The Projector.
Did this today. Should save it for next March 20, but it is spring, so…
This week I’ve been reading
Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Panic Fables
Rotten by John Lydon (Johnny Rotten)
and A Paradise Built in Hell by Rebecca Solnit
Those last two are bit on the back burner while I read the enormous Panic Fables which I must say started as a bit of a slog, as did The locked Room, which is a murder mystery/procedural that was recommended by someone. It was gotten more interesting in the third act, but I don’t think I’ll read any more in the series. The Panic Fables is just plain crazy. A weekly strip done for about 6 years I think–conceptual comics.
Rotten is about John Lydons life, and Paradise is “A startling investigation of what people do in disasters and why it matters.”