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Mix and match

Tue, 26/10/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 26 October 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01399-6

It has long been assumed that the quantum statistics of light are preserved when photons interact with plasmons. An analysis of the scattering process shows that this is not always the case, as light can mix and match different plasmonic pathways.

A layered unconventional superconductor

Mon, 25/10/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 25 October 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01391-0

Most systems exhibiting topological superconductivity are artificial structures that require precise engineering. Now, a layered material shows tantalizing signs of the phenomenon.

Evidence of topological boundary modes with topological nodal-point superconductivity

Mon, 25/10/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 25 October 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01376-z

Scanning tunnelling microscopy provides evidence for topological superconductivity in a naturally occurring transition metal dichalcogenide material.

Limitations of optimization algorithms on noisy quantum devices

Thu, 21/10/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 21 October 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01356-3

Current quantum computers do not have error correction, which means noise may prevent them outperforming classical devices in useful tasks. An analysis of quantum optimization shows that current noise levels are too high to produce a quantum advantage.

Intracellular softening and increased viscoelastic fluidity during division

Thu, 21/10/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 21 October 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01368-z

The cell cortex stiffens during cell division, facilitating the necessary shape changes. Microrheology measurements now reveal that the rest of the cell interior actually softens, in a process that probably involves two key biomolecules trading roles.

Quantum-torque-induced breaking of magnetic interfaces in ultracold gases

Mon, 18/10/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 18 October 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01369-y

The evolution of many-body magnetic spin systems is influenced by many factors, including inhomogeneity and the presence of interfaces. These effects have now been measured in a far-from-equilibrium binary mixture of ultracold gases.

State with spontaneously broken time-reversal symmetry above the superconducting phase transition

Mon, 18/10/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 18 October 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01350-9

A state that breaks time-reversal symmetry is observed in the normal phase above the superconducting critical temperature in a multiband superconductor. This could be explained by correlations between the Cooper pairs formed in different bands.

All in one

Thu, 14/10/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 14 October 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01382-1

Molecular spin qubits that can be controlled electrically are typically susceptible to decoherence. Holmium molecular spins provide a solution by combining robust coherence with strong spin–electric coupling.

Hot black ices

Thu, 14/10/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 14 October 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01358-1

At high pressure and temperature, water forms two crystalline phases, known as hot ‘black’ ices due to their partial opaqueness. A detailed characterization of these phases may explain magnetic field formation in giant icy planets like Neptune.

Spins strain to see the light

Thu, 14/10/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 14 October 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01365-2

Integrating quantum technology with existing telecom infrastructure is hampered by a mismatch in operating frequencies. An optomechanical resonator now offers a strain-mediated spin–photon interface for long-distance quantum networks.

Quantum coherent spin–electric control in a molecular nanomagnet at clock transitions

Thu, 14/10/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 14 October 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01355-4

Through chemical design, the spins in molecular nanomagnets may be used as electrically tunable qubits. Electrical control of molecular distortion enables manipulation of the quantum spin state while suppressing decoherence from magnetic fields.

Witnessing quantum correlations in a nuclear ensemble via an electron spin qubit

Thu, 14/10/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 14 October 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01344-7

Atoms in a semiconductor can have non-zero nuclear spins, creating a large ensemble with many quantum degrees of freedom. An electron spin coupled to the nuclei of a semiconductor quantum dot can witness the creation of entanglement within the ensemble.

Structure and properties of two superionic ice phases

Thu, 14/10/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 14 October 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01351-8

Measurements of the phase diagram of water reveal first-order phase transitions to face- and body-centred cubic superionic ice phases. The former is suggested to be present in the interior of ice giant planets.

Optomechanical interface between telecom photons and spin quantum memory

Thu, 14/10/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 14 October 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01364-3

Quantum networks require a connection between quantum memories and optical links, which often operate in different frequency ranges. An optomechanical device exploiting the strain dependence of a colour-centre spin provides such a spin–optics interface at room temperature.

The measure of a cell

Wed, 06/10/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 06 October 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01384-z

The measure of a cell

On our bookshelf

Wed, 06/10/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 06 October 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01375-0

On our bookshelf

The duality of a multitude

Wed, 06/10/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 06 October 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01389-8

The duality of a multitude

Double superconductivity

Wed, 06/10/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 06 October 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01387-w

Double superconductivity

Origami octopus

Wed, 06/10/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 06 October 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01385-y

Origami octopus

Not so fast

Wed, 06/10/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 06 October 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01388-9

Not so fast

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