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The Goldstone mode and resonances in the fluid interfacial region

Mon, 10/12/2018 - 00:00

The Goldstone mode and resonances in the fluid interfacial region

The Goldstone mode and resonances in the fluid interfacial region, Published online: 10 December 2018; doi:10.1038/s41567-018-0361-z

Accurately capturing both microscopic and mesoscopic properties of fluid–gas interfaces is a long-standing challenge. Now, a microscopic theory of correlation functions that can be scaled up to explain mesoscopic surface tension phenomena is put forward.

Collective energy gap of preformed Cooper pairs in disordered superconductors

Mon, 10/12/2018 - 00:00

Collective energy gap of preformed Cooper pairs in disordered superconductors

Collective energy gap of preformed Cooper pairs in disordered superconductors, Published online: 10 December 2018; doi:10.1038/s41567-018-0365-8

Experiments show two different energy scales associated with the onset of superconductivity in an amorphous superconductor. This validates the theory of Cooper pairs that condense to a superfluid at lower temperature than they form.

Quark–gluon droplets engineered

Mon, 10/12/2018 - 00:00

Quark–gluon droplets engineered

Quark–gluon droplets engineered, Published online: 10 December 2018; doi:10.1038/s41567-018-0375-6

Quark–gluon plasma has been recreated in heavy-ion collisions, providing a glimpse of the very early Universe. The PHENIX Collaboration offers new insights into the possible creation of this state in smaller collision systems.

Exchange-driven intravalley mixing of excitons in monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides

Mon, 10/12/2018 - 00:00

Exchange-driven intravalley mixing of excitons in monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides

Exchange-driven intravalley mixing of excitons in monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides, Published online: 10 December 2018; doi:10.1038/s41567-018-0362-y

Two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy experiments and first-principles many-electron calculations demonstrate the quantum mixing of different exciton states in monolayer MoS2. This reveals the many-body effects and dynamics of exciton formation in 2D materials.

Creation of quark–gluon plasma droplets with three distinct geometries

Mon, 10/12/2018 - 00:00

Creation of quark–gluon plasma droplets with three distinct geometries

Creation of quark–gluon plasma droplets with three distinct geometries, Published online: 10 December 2018; doi:10.1038/s41567-018-0360-0

A quark–gluon plasma is produced in proton–gold, deuteron–gold and helium–gold collisions. Observing elliptic and triangular flow in this nearly inviscid fluid from these different initial geometries provides a unique benchmark for hydrodynamic models.

Entanglement of single-photons and chiral phonons in atomically thin WSe<sub>2</sub>

Mon, 10/12/2018 - 00:00

Entanglement of single-photons and chiral phonons in atomically thin WSe2

Entanglement of single-photons and chiral phonons in atomically thin WSe<sub>2</sub>, Published online: 10 December 2018; doi:10.1038/s41567-018-0366-7

A ‘which-way’ scattering process can generate entanglement between single photons and collective chiral vibrations in two-dimensional tungsten diselenide. The result opens up ways for engineering non-reciprocal interactions at the quantum level.

Author Correction: Spontaneous synchrony in power-grid networks

Fri, 07/12/2018 - 00:00

Author Correction: Spontaneous synchrony in power-grid networks

Author Correction: Spontaneous synchrony in power-grid networks, Published online: 07 December 2018; doi:10.1038/s41567-018-0372-9

Author Correction: Spontaneous synchrony in power-grid networks

The subtle success of a complex mindset

Tue, 04/12/2018 - 00:00

The subtle success of a complex mindset

The subtle success of a complex mindset, Published online: 04 December 2018; doi:10.1038/s41567-018-0386-3

The growing influence in many disciplines of concepts rooted in the physics of complex systems is an achievement that warrants celebration.

As fast as it gets

Tue, 04/12/2018 - 00:00

As fast as it gets

As fast as it gets, Published online: 04 December 2018; doi:10.1038/s41567-018-0374-7

Bart Verberck reflects on measuring the speed of light, its role in metrology, and special relativity.

Immaterial spike

Tue, 04/12/2018 - 00:00

Immaterial spike

Immaterial spike, Published online: 04 December 2018; doi:10.1038/s41567-018-0381-8

Immaterial spike

Wave machine

Tue, 04/12/2018 - 00:00

Wave machine

Wave machine, Published online: 04 December 2018; doi:10.1038/s41567-018-0377-4

Wave machine

Quantum simulations come of age

Tue, 04/12/2018 - 00:00

Quantum simulations come of age

Quantum simulations come of age, Published online: 04 December 2018; doi:10.1038/s41567-018-0371-x

The simulation of strongly correlated quantum phases using ultracold atoms in optical lattices was first proposed 20 years ago. In the wake of that pioneering idea, quantum simulations are now widely pursued in experiments across the world.

Exciting neighbours

Tue, 04/12/2018 - 00:00

Exciting neighbours

Exciting neighbours, Published online: 04 December 2018; doi:10.1038/s41567-018-0378-3

Exciting neighbours

The mechanics of slender structures

Tue, 04/12/2018 - 00:00

The mechanics of slender structures

The mechanics of slender structures, Published online: 04 December 2018; doi:10.1038/s41567-018-0369-4

Modern physics edged mechanics out into the wilds of engineering. But multidisciplinary interest in pattern formation has moved it back into the mainstream, bringing with it interest from other fields — as this summer’s Solvay Workshop demonstrated.

Different shades of blue

Tue, 04/12/2018 - 00:00

Different shades of blue

Different shades of blue, Published online: 04 December 2018; doi:10.1038/s41567-018-0380-9

Different shades of blue

Field-induced phase coexistence in an artificial spin ice

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 00:00

Field-induced phase coexistence in an artificial spin ice

Field-induced phase coexistence in an artificial spin ice, Published online: 03 December 2018; doi:10.1038/s41567-018-0348-9

Artificial spin-ice materials are usually described by spins that are either up or down. Here, a new type of spin ice is fabricated where the spins can be in one of three states with different coexisting phases separated by a first-order transition.

High-dimensional one-way quantum processing implemented on <i>d</i>-level cluster states

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 00:00

High-dimensional one-way quantum processing implemented on d-level cluster states

High-dimensional one-way quantum processing implemented on <i>d</i>-level cluster states, Published online: 03 December 2018; doi:10.1038/s41567-018-0347-x

The creation and manipulation of large quantum states is necessary for quantum information processing tasks. Three-level, four-partite cluster states have now been created in the time and frequency domain of two photons on-chip.

Guiding self-organized pattern formation in cell polarity establishment

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 00:00

Guiding self-organized pattern formation in cell polarity establishment

Guiding self-organized pattern formation in cell polarity establishment, Published online: 03 December 2018; doi:10.1038/s41567-018-0358-7

A study of how single C. elegans cells establish the polarity required for cell division reveals a general principle for pattern formation in living systems controlled by biochemical cues.

A machine of superlatives

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 00:00

A machine of superlatives

A machine of superlatives, Published online: 03 December 2018; doi:10.1038/s41567-018-0368-5

The Large Hadron Collider has completed its second data-taking period. For the next two years, the accelerator will shut down and the experiments will undergo major upgrades. Here’s a take on our past achievements — and a preview of the future.

Magneto-transport controlled by Landau polariton states

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 00:00

Magneto-transport controlled by Landau polariton states

Magneto-transport controlled by Landau polariton states, Published online: 03 December 2018; doi:10.1038/s41567-018-0346-y

A polariton is a hybrid excitation resulting from strong light–matter coupling. The magneto-transport measurements have now revealed the crucial role played by its electronic component.

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