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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

Fade away

Wed, 06/10/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 06 October 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01386-x

Fade away

Into the unknown

Wed, 06/10/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 06 October 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01377-y

Into the unknown

Engineering crystal structures with light

Mon, 04/10/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 04 October 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01366-1

The interaction between light and the crystal lattice of a quantum material can modify its properties. Utilizing nonlinear interactions allows this to be done in a controlled way to design specific non-equilibrium functionalities.

The cusp of an apple

Mon, 04/10/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 04 October 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01335-8

A study of growing apples shows that the singular cusp at the stalk has a universal form that arises due to the differential growth of a soft solid. Although the cusps are usually symmetric, they can lose stability to form lobes that depend on the geometry of the fruit.

The physics of higher-order interactions in complex systems

Mon, 04/10/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 04 October 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01371-4

Network representations of complex systems are limited to pairwise interactions, but real-world systems often involve higher-order interactions. This Perspective looks at the new physics emerging from attempts to characterize these interactions.

Surface-tension-induced budding drives alveologenesis in human mammary gland organoids

Mon, 04/10/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 04 October 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01336-7

The development of glands involves cylindrical branches transforming into spherical alveoli. Now there is evidence to suggest that this process can be understood as a budding instability driven by a decrease in tension anisotropy in the tissue.

Unconventional sequence of correlated Chern insulators in magic-angle twisted bilayer graphene

Thu, 30/09/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 30 September 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01347-4

In addition to the broken time-reversal symmetry that typifies Chern insulators, twisted bilayer graphene hosts a set of topological states with broken translational symmetry.

Error-protected qubits in a silicon photonic chip

Mon, 27/09/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 27 September 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01333-w

Entangled photon states can be used to make quantum information more robust. A photonic experimental implementation with eight qubits shows that error-protection schemes can increase the success rate of running a quantum algorithm.

Observation of interband collective excitations in twisted bilayer graphene

Mon, 27/09/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 27 September 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01327-8

Moiré potentials substantially alter the electronic properties of twisted bilayer graphene at a magic twist angle. A propagating plasmon mode, which can be observed with optical nano-imaging, is associated with transitions between the moiré minibands.

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