• Critical behavior within 20 fs drives the out-of-equilibrium laser-induced magnetic phase transition in nickel

    High-harmonic spectroscopies reveal that fast energy transfer within 20 fs triggers ultrafast magnetic phase transition in Ni.

  • Oxide-mediated recovery of field-effect mobility in plasma-treated MoS2

    Time-controlled plasma treatment of MoS2 FETs improves carrier transport due to the presence of a two-dimensional oxide phase.

  • On-chip dual-comb source for spectroscopy

    A compact, integrated dual-comb source is developed on a single chip to demonstrate fast, real-time spectroscopy of materials.

  • Autoregulation of von Willebrand factor function by a disulfide bond switch

    We demonstrate mechanochemical regulation of platelet adhesion to von Willebrand factor in thrombosis and hemostasis.

  • Einstein@Home discovers a radio-quiet gamma-ray millisecond pulsar

    A citizen science project discovers a new type of gamma-ray millisecond pulsar with no detectable radio pulsations.

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ONLINE COVER With the help of citizen scientists, researchers have discovered two radio-quiet gamma ray millisecond pulsars (MSPs), or spinning neutron stars, one of which is the only known MSP to remain undetected in radio observations. Since many gamma-ray MSPs are not detectable from Earth, the method used in this study may help future efforts related to determining the true population of MSPs. MSPs spin hundreds of times per second and seem to pulsate as their emission beams cross the Earth's line of sight. The Large Area Telescope (LAT), which launched on the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope in 2008, has discovered more than 200 gamma-ray pulsars, half of which are MSPs and the other half of which originate from unknown sources. However, pulsations from gamma-ray pulsars can only be found by "blindly" searching through Fermi's data for pulsations at unknown frequencies. With the help of Einstein@Home, a volunteer computing system, Colin J. Clark, his colleagues and the public searched through 5.5 years' worth of Fermi data for pulsations from unidentified sources. Their efforts resulted in detecting 17 young pulsars, including two radio-quiet gamma-ray MSP pulsars, each at different frequencies. CREDIT: DANA BERRY/SKYWORKS/NASA