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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430520/wind-generated-rogue-waves-in-an-annular-wave-flume
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A Toffoli, D Proment, H Salman, J Monbaliu, F Frascoli, M Dafilis, E Stramignoni, R Forza, M Manfrin, M Onorato
We investigate experimentally the statistical properties of a wind-generated wave field and the spontaneous formation of rogue waves in an annular flume. Unlike many experiments on rogue waves where waves are mechanically generated, here the wave field is forced naturally by wind as it is in the ocean. What is unique about the present experiment is that the annular geometry of the tank makes waves propagating circularly in an unlimited-fetch condition. Within this peculiar framework, we discuss the temporal evolution of the statistical properties of the surface elevation...
April 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430519/energy-resolved-ultrashort-delays-of-photoelectron-emission-clocked-by-orthogonal-two-color-laser-fields
#2
Xiaochun Gong, Cheng Lin, Feng He, Qiying Song, Kang Lin, Qinying Ji, Wenbin Zhang, Junyang Ma, Peifen Lu, Yunquan Liu, Heping Zeng, Weifeng Yang, Jian Wu
A phase-controlled orthogonal two-color (OTC) femtosecond laser pulse is employed to probe the time delay of photoelectron emission in the strong-field ionization of atoms. The OTC field spatiotemporally steers the emission dynamics of the photoelectrons and meanwhile allows us to unambiguously distinguish the main and sideband peaks of the above-threshold ionization spectrum. The relative phase shift between the main and sideband peaks, retrieved from the phase-of-phase of the photoelectron spectrum as a function of the laser phase, gradually decreases with increasing electron energy, and becomes zero for the fast electron which is mainly produced by the rescattering process...
April 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430518/tunable-sign-change-of-spin-hall-magnetoresistance-in-pt-nio-yig-structures
#3
Dazhi Hou, Zhiyong Qiu, Joseph Barker, Koji Sato, Kei Yamamoto, Saül Vélez, Juan M Gomez-Perez, Luis E Hueso, Fèlix Casanova, Eiji Saitoh
Spin Hall magnetoresistance (SMR) has been investigated in Pt/NiO/YIG structures in a wide range of temperature and NiO thickness. The SMR shows a negative sign below a temperature that increases with the NiO thickness. This is contrary to a conventional SMR theory picture applied to the Pt/YIG bilayer, which always predicts a positive SMR. The negative SMR is found to persist even when NiO blocks the spin transmission between Pt and YIG, indicating it is governed by the spin current response of the NiO layer...
April 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430517/small-particle-driven-chain-disentanglements-in-polymer-nanocomposites
#4
Erkan Senses, Siyam M Ansar, Christopher L Kitchens, Yimin Mao, Suresh Narayanan, Bharath Natarajan, Antonio Faraone
Using neutron spin-echo spectroscopy, x-ray photon correlation spectroscopy, and bulk rheology, we studied the effect of particle size on the single-chain dynamics, particle mobility, and bulk viscosity in athermal polyethylene oxide-gold nanoparticle composites. The results reveal a ≈25% increase in the reptation tube diameter with the addition of nanoparticles smaller than the entanglement mesh size (≈5  nm), at a volume fraction of 20%. The tube diameter remains unchanged in the composite with larger (20 nm) nanoparticles at the same loading...
April 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430516/strong-constraints-on-self-interacting-dark-matter-with-light-mediators
#5
Torsten Bringmann, Felix Kahlhoefer, Kai Schmidt-Hoberg, Parampreet Walia
Coupling dark matter to light new particles is an attractive way to combine thermal production with strong velocity-dependent self-interactions. Here we point out that in such models the dark matter annihilation rate is generically enhanced by the Sommerfeld effect, and we derive the resulting constraints from the cosmic microwave background and other indirect detection probes. For the frequently studied case of s-wave annihilation, these constraints exclude the entire parameter space where the self-interactions are large enough to address the small-scale problems of structure formation...
April 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430515/scattering-theory-on-surface-majorana-fermions-by-an-impurity-in-3-he-b
#6
Yasumasa Tsutsumi
We have formulated the scattering theory on Majorana fermions emerging in the surface bound state of the superfluid ^{3}He B phase (^{3}He-B) by an impurity. By applying the theory to the electron bubble, which is regarded as the impurity, trapped below a free surface of ^{3}He-B, the observed mobility of the electron bubble [J. Phys. Soc. Jpn. 82, 124607 (2013)JUPSAU0031-901510.7566/JPSJ.82.124607] is quantitatively reproduced. The mobility is suppressed in low temperatures from the expected value in the bulk ^{3}He-B by the contribution from the surface Majorana fermions...
April 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430514/essential-conditions-for-dynamic-interference
#7
Mehrdad Baghery, Ulf Saalmann, Jan M Rost
We develop general quantitative criteria for dynamic interference, a manifestation of a double-slit interference in time which should be realizable with brilliant state-of-the-art high-frequency laser sources. Our analysis reveals that the observation of dynamic interference hinges upon maximizing the difference between the dynamic polarization of the initial bound and the final continuum states of the electron during the light pulse while keeping depletion of the initial state small. These two properties, Stark shift and depletion, can be determined from electronic structure calculations avoiding expensive propagation in time...
April 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430513/inelastic-neutrino-nucleus-interactions-within-the-spectral-function-formalism
#8
Erica Vagnoni, Omar Benhar, Davide Meloni
We report the results of a study of neutrino-carbon interactions at beam energies ranging between a few hundred MeV's and a few tens of GeVs carried out within the framework of the impulse approximation using a realistic spectral function. The contributions of quasielastic scattering, resonance production, and deep inelastic scattering-consistently obtained, for the first time, from a model based on a realistic description of the nuclear ground state-are compared and analyzed.
April 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430512/simplifying-differential-equations-for-multiscale-feynman-integrals-beyond-multiple-polylogarithms
#9
Luise Adams, Ekta Chaubey, Stefan Weinzierl
In this Letter we exploit factorization properties of Picard-Fuchs operators to decouple differential equations for multiscale Feynman integrals. The algorithm reduces the differential equations to blocks of the size of the order of the irreducible factors of the Picard-Fuchs operator. As a side product, our method can be used to easily convert the differential equations for Feynman integrals which evaluate to multiple polylogarithms to an ϵ form.
April 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430511/anti-de-sitter-particles-and-manifest-super-isometries
#10
Alex S Arvanitakis, Alec E Barns-Graham, Paul K Townsend
Starting from the classical action for a spin-zero particle in a D-dimensional anti-de Sitter (AdS) spacetime, we recover the Breitenlohner-Freedman bound by quantization. For D=4, 5, 7 and using an Sl(2;K) spinor notation for K=R,C,H, we find a bitwistor form of the action for which the AdS isometry group is linearly realized, although only for zero mass when D=4, 7 in agreement with previous constructions. For zero mass and D=4 the conformal isometry group is linearly realized. We extend these results to the superparticle in the maximally supersymmetric "AdS×S" string or M-theory vacua, showing that quantization yields a 128+128 component supermultiplet...
April 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430510/topologically-allowed-nonsixfold-vortices-in-a-sixfold-multiferroic-material-observation-and-classification
#11
Shaobo Cheng, Jun Li, Myung-Geun Han, Shiqing Deng, Guotai Tan, Xixiang Zhang, Jing Zhu, Yimei Zhu
We report structural transformation of sixfold vortex domains into two-, four-, and eightfold vortices via a different type of topological defect in hexagonal manganites. Combining high-resolution electron microscopy and Landau-theory-based numerical simulations, we investigate the remarkable atomic arrangement and the intertwined relationship between the vortex structures and the topological defects. The roles of their displacement field, formation temperature, and nucleation sites are revealed. All conceivable vortices in the system are topologically classified using homotopy group theory, and their origins are identified...
April 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430509/erratum-bose-einstein-condensation-of-long-lifetime-polaritons-in-thermal-equilibrium-phys-rev-lett-118-016602-2017
#12
Yongbao Sun, Patrick Wen, Yoseob Yoon, Gangqiang Liu, Mark Steger, Loren N Pfeiffer, Ken West, David W Snoke, Keith A Nelson
This corrects the article DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.016602.
April 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430508/editorial-welcoming-hugues-chate%C3%AC-to-physical-review-letters
#13
Pierre Meystre
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430507/beating-the-standard-sensitivity-bandwidth-limit-of-cavity-enhanced-interferometers-with-internal-squeezed-light-generation
#14
M Korobko, L Kleybolte, S Ast, H Miao, Y Chen, R Schnabel
The shot-noise limited peak sensitivity of cavity-enhanced interferometric measurement devices, such as gravitational-wave detectors, can be improved by increasing the cavity finesse, even when comparing fixed intracavity light powers. For a fixed light power inside the detector, this comes at the price of a proportional reduction in the detection bandwidth. High sensitivity over a large span of signal frequencies, however, is essential for astronomical observations. It is possible to overcome this standard sensitivity-bandwidth limit using nonclassical correlations in the light field...
April 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430506/demonstration-of-multisetting-one-way-einstein-podolsky-rosen-steering-in-two-qubit-systems
#15
Ya Xiao, Xiang-Jun Ye, Kai Sun, Jin-Shi Xu, Chuan-Feng Li, Guang-Can Guo
Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen (EPR) steering describes the ability of one party to remotely affect another's state through local measurements. One of the most distinguishable properties of EPR steering is its asymmetric aspect. Steering can work in one direction but fail in the opposite direction. This type of one-way steering, which is different from the symmetry concepts of entanglement and Bell nonlocality, has garnered much interest. However, an experimental demonstration of genuine one-way EPR steering in the simplest scenario, i...
April 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430505/excitation-gap-scaling-near-quantum-critical-three-dimensional-antiferromagnets
#16
M Lohöfer, S Wessel
By means of large-scale quantum Monte Carlo simulations, we examine the quantum critical scaling of the magnetic excitation gap (the triplon gap) in a three-dimensional dimerized quantum antiferromagnet, the bicubic lattice, and identify characteristic multiplicative logarithmic scaling corrections atop the leading mean-field behavior. These findings are in accord with field-theoretical predictions that are based on an effective description of the quantum critical system in terms of an asymptotically free field theory, which exhibits a logarithmic decay of the renormalized interaction strength upon approaching the quantum critical point...
April 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430504/topological-exciton-bands-in-moir%C3%A3-heterojunctions
#17
Fengcheng Wu, Timothy Lovorn, A H MacDonald
Moiré patterns are common in van der Waals heterostructures and can be used to apply periodic potentials to elementary excitations. We show that the optical absorption spectrum of transition metal dichalcogenide bilayers is profoundly altered by long period moiré patterns that introduce twist-angle dependent satellite excitonic peaks. Topological exciton bands with nonzero Chern numbers that support chiral excitonic edge states can be engineered by combining three ingredients: (i) the valley Berry phase induced by electron-hole exchange interactions, (ii) the moiré potential, and (iii) the valley Zeeman field...
April 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430503/fate-of-majorana-modes-in-cecoin_-5-ybcoin_-5-superlattices-a-test-bed-for-the-reduction-of-topological-classification
#18
Tsuneya Yoshida, Akito Daido, Youichi Yanase, Norio Kawakami
In this paper, we propose CeCoIn_{5}/YbCoIn_{5} superlattice systems as a test bed for the reduction of topological classification in free fermions. We find that the system with a quadlayer of CeCoIn_{5} shows a topological crystalline superconducting phase with the mirror Chern number eight at the noninteracting level. Furthermore, we demonstrate that in the presence of two-body interactions, gapless edge modes are no longer protected by the symmetry in the system with a quadlayer, but are protected in the system with a bilayer or trilayer...
April 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430502/majorana-zero-modes-protected-by-a-hopf-invariant-in-topologically-trivial-superconductors
#19
Zhongbo Yan, Ren Bi, Zhong Wang
Majorana zero modes are usually attributed to topological superconductors. We study a class of two-dimensional topologically trivial superconductors without chiral edge modes, which nevertheless host robust Majorana zero modes in topological defects. The construction of this minimal single-band model is facilitated by the Hopf map and the Hopf invariant. This work will stimulate investigations of Majorana zero modes in superconductors in the topologically trivial regime.
April 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430501/metric-independence-of-vacuum-and-force-free-electromagnetic-fields
#20
Abraham I Harte
Electromagnetic fields which solve the vacuum Maxwell equations in one spacetime are well known to also be solutions in all spacetimes with conformally related metrics. This provides a sense in which electromagnetism alone cannot be used to measure certain aspects of geometry. We show that there is actually much more which cannot be so measured; relatively little of a spacetime's geometry is in fact imprinted in any particular electromagnetic field. This is demonstrated by finding a much larger class of metric transformations-involving five free functions-which preserve Maxwell solutions both in vacuum, without local currents, and also for the force-free electrodynamics associated with a tenuous plasma...
April 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
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