Physics News

  • In 2020, physicists from South Korea set a new world record for the KSTAR tokamak type magnetic plasma installation. Scientists managed to hold high-temperature plasma for a record 20 seconds at an ion temperature of over 100 million degrees

  • On September 14, 2020, a «marker of life» (phosphine gas) was found in the atmosphere of Venus in an amount that cannot be explained by known abiogenic processes, so it is considered a possibility for the existence of microbes on this planet.



  • In October 2019, Google announced the achievement of quantum advantage – the ability of quantum computers to perform calculations that can not be performed on conventional computers. Calculation time can be reduced by several thousand times.

  • On June 13, 2019, the number of known exoplanets passed 4000 according to the NASA Exoplanet Archive.

  • The Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration observed the supermassive black hole at the center of M87, finding the dark central shadow in accordance with General Relativity, further demonstrating the power of this 100 year-old theory. 


  • 26th General Conference on Weights and Measures has made the decision – kilogram, ampere, kelvin, and mole were redefined at this meeting, in terms new permanently fixed values of the Planck constant, elementary charge, Boltzmann constant and Avogadro constant, respectively.

  • 2018 – Nobel laureates in Physics – Gerard Mourou (France), Donna Strickland (Canada) for groundbreaking inventions in the field of laser physics”, in particular “for their method of generating high-intensity, ultra-short optical pulses & Arthur Ashkin (United States) for groundbreaking inventions in the field of laser physics”, in particular “for the optical tweezers and their application to biological systems.

  • 2017 – Nobel laureates in Physics – Rainer Weiss, Kip Thorne, Barry Barish (all United States) for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves.



  • 2016 – Nobel laureates in Physics – David J. Thouless, F. Duncan M. Haldane, John M. Kosterlitz (all United Kingdom) for theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter

  • In 2016, participants in the LIGO project announced that they had managed for the first time to record gravitational waves caused by the collapse of two black holes, which occurred 1.3 billion years ago.

  • 2015 – Nobel laureates in Physics – Takaaki Kajita (Japan), Arthur B. McDonald (Canada) for the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass

  • In 2014, the European Space Agency’s “Rosetta” spacecraft (launched in 2004) approached the goal of its mission, Comet 67P / Churyumova-Gerasimenko. The “Rosetta” launcher – the “Philly” – made the first ever soft landing on the comet’s surface.