Having said that I want to focus more on positive stuff, and talking up cool things in science, I’m going to make an effort to do more write-ups of research papers. I’ve got a few ideas along those lines, and of course I get regular emails from journals and press offices bringing other papers to my attention. But I don’t want to neglect my audience, here…
So, I’ll throw this open as a place to request discussions of particular topics or papers. If there’s some topic in physics that you’d like me to write up an explanation of, or a paper or preprint that you’d like me to do the detailed Q&A treatment on, leave a comment letting me know what it is.
- I’m not promising to explain or write up every topic or paper suggested here. There are some things that are a bit too far outside my areas of expertise for me to say anything sensible about. Atomic, molecular, and optical physics, I’m comfortable with; experimental work in other low-energy fields I can mostly deal with; high-energy experiment gets tricky; low-energy theory is a stretch; and high-energy theory is almost certainly beyond me.
- That said, I will give serious consideration to stuff outside the cold-atom physics that’s my home base in science. Part of the idea here is to stretch a little and write about things I wouldn’t necessarily consider writing about. Within reason.
- For a variety of reasons, I would be happier with papers available in some sort of open-access format. That doesn’t have to mean OA journals– Science or Nature papers with preprints on the arxiv or some similar repository would be just fine. It’s not a complete deal-breaker, but it’s much easier to write up papers when I know people can get to it without shelling out big bucks.
- The comment system here may hold comments containing links for moderation. I will check them and publish them as soon as I can, but I’m pretty busy at the moment, so it might take a little while. Don’t panic.
So, have at it. What topics or papers should I write up for the blog?