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Close to the edge

Thu, 23/09/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 23 September 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01348-3

The tin isotope 100Sn is key to understanding nuclear stability, but little is known about its properties. Precision measurements of closely related indium isotopes have now pinned down its mass.

Phase behaviours of superionic water at planetary conditions

Thu, 23/09/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 23 September 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01334-9

Superionic water is believed to exist in the interior of ice giant planets. By combining machine learning and free-energy methods, the phase behaviours of water at the extreme pressures and temperatures prevalent in such planets are predicted.

Mass measurements of <sup>99–101</sup>In challenge ab initio nuclear theory of the nuclide <sup>100</sup>Sn

Thu, 23/09/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 23 September 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01326-9

Accurate mass measurements of the indium isotopes adjacent to the doubly magic 100Sn provide critical benchmarks for ab initio theory, which withstands the challenge.

Experimental observation of non-Abelian topological acoustic semimetals and their phase transitions

Thu, 16/09/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 16 September 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01340-x

Non-Abelian topology allows topological charges in multi-gap systems to be converted by braiding of different band nodes. Such multi-gap effects are experimentally observed in an acoustic semimetal.

Imaging phonon-mediated hydrodynamic flow in WTe<sub>2</sub>

Thu, 16/09/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 16 September 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01341-w

When interactions between electrons in a material are strong, they can start to behave hydrodynamically. Spatially resolved imaging of current flow in a three-dimensional material suggests that electron–electron interactions are mediated by phonons.

Robust storage qubits in ultracold polar molecules

Thu, 09/09/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 09 September 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01328-7

The hyperfine states of ultracold polar molecules are a strong candidate for storing quantum information. Identifying and eliminating all detectable causes of decoherence has extended the qubit coherence time beyond 5.6 s in RbCs molecules.

Control the noise

Wed, 08/09/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 08 September 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01354-5

Control the noise

Round and round it goes

Wed, 08/09/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 08 September 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01361-6

This month, we celebrate the discovery of electromagnetic rotation, the principle behind the electric motor.

One mode at a time

Wed, 08/09/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 08 September 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01352-7

One mode at a time

A night for science

Wed, 08/09/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 08 September 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01362-5

The European Researchers’ Night provides a platform for scientists to engage with the public.

Even more exotic

Wed, 08/09/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 08 September 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01353-6

Even more exotic

The mathematical chalkboard society

Wed, 08/09/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 08 September 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01343-8

The mathematical chalkboard society

Graphene sets standards

Wed, 08/09/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 08 September 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01339-4

The uptake of graphene-based materials calls for standardization. Silvia Milana explains what this entails.

The problem of attribution

Wed, 08/09/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 08 September 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01346-5

The problem of attribution

Tuning of dipolar interactions and evaporative cooling in a three-dimensional molecular quantum gas

Thu, 02/09/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 02 September 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01329-6

Realizing the potential of dipolar molecular gases to explore quantum physics needs elastic, tunable interactions and low temperatures. This is now possible due to advances in control that suppress molecular losses and enable efficient cooling.

Author Correction: Flexible filaments buckle into helicoidal shapes in strong compressional flows

Fri, 27/08/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 27 August 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01372-3

Author Correction: Flexible filaments buckle into helicoidal shapes in strong compressional flows

A tell-tale wiggle

Thu, 19/08/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 19 August 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01342-9

Scanning tunnelling microscopy reveals an unexpected periodicity in the local density of states of a transition metal dichalcogenide — with a puzzling wavelength that casts the material as a quantum spin liquid.

Evidence for quantum spin liquid behaviour in single-layer 1T-TaSe<sub>2</sub> from scanning tunnelling microscopy

Thu, 19/08/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 19 August 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01321-0

Some quantum spin liquids are expected to have an effective Fermi surface of fractionalized spinon excitations. The two-dimensional spin liquid candidate 1T-TaSe2 has charge density modulations that may be caused by an unstable spinon Fermi surface.

Generation of optical Schrödinger cat states in intense laser–matter interactions

Thu, 19/08/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 19 August 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01317-w

Schrödinger cat states are observed in intense laser–atom interactions. These are a superposition of the initial state of the laser and the coherent state that results from the interaction between the light and atoms.

Laboratory evidence for proton energization by collisionless shock surfing

Thu, 19/08/2021 - 00:00

Nature Physics, Published online: 19 August 2021; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01325-w

Proton acceleration by a super-critical collisionless shock is observed in laboratory experiments, and numerical simulations suggest shock surfing as the underlying acceleration mechanism.

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