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Out-of-equilibrium criticality

Mon, 08/11/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 08 November 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01413-x

Out-of-equilibrium criticality

Far-reaching control

Mon, 08/11/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 08 November 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01416-8

Far-reaching control

All the colours of the rainbow

Mon, 08/11/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 08 November 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01414-w

All the colours of the rainbow

The oddity of active matter

Mon, 08/11/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 08 November 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01318-9

Active matter can have macroscopic properties that defy the usual laws of hydrodynamics. Now these tell-tale properties have been traced down to the non-equilibrium character and handedness of interactions between individual particles.

Denied a strategy

Mon, 08/11/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 08 November 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01401-1

Denied a strategy

The power of fluctuations

Mon, 08/11/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 08 November 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01420-y

The 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to Syukuro Manabe, Klaus Hasselmann and Giorgio Parisi “for groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of complex physical systems”.

Bogoliubov’s correlations confirmed

Thu, 04/11/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 04 November 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01406-w

Interacting quantum systems are difficult to formulate theoretically, but Nikolai Bogoliubov offered a workaround more than 70 years ago that has stood the test of time. Now, correlations that are a crucial feature of his theory have been observed.

Interaction-driven band flattening and correlated phases in twisted bilayer graphene

Thu, 04/11/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 04 November 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01359-0

Twisted bilayer graphene hosts flat electronic bands, but their relationship to the observed correlated phases is still debated. Here, it is shown that electron–electron interactions can help to flatten the bands and generate the correlated phases.

Observation of pairs of atoms at opposite momenta in an equilibrium interacting Bose gas

Thu, 04/11/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 04 November 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01381-2

Interactions between atoms in a Bose–Einstein condensate cause quantum fluctuations and the creation of additional correlations between pairs of atoms. These effects have now been directly observed, confirming long-standing theoretical predictions.

Clonal dominance in excitable cell networks

Mon, 01/11/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 01 November 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01383-0

As tissues grow, a small fraction of cells can give rise to a large fraction of the tissue. A model borrowed from forest fires suggests that this can occur spontaneously in development as a collective property of the cell interaction network.

Young African universities take the lead

Thu, 28/10/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 28 October 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01397-8

Having long played the role of collaborators with other, more renowned, institutions, historically disadvantaged South African universities are now challenging the status quo — and emerging as leaders.

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.

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