Volume 5 Issue 10, October 2006

Volume 5 Issue 10

Large-scale simulations successfully model the different stages of shocked metals

Cover design by Karen Moore

Article by E. M. Bringa et al.





  • Interview |

    The realization of metamaterials with a negative index of refraction has created great opportunities for novel applications. John Pendry talks to Nature Materials about his key contributions to the field and his passion for physics.

Research News

News and Views

  • News & Views |

    Since the 1940s DNA has been known as the genetic material connected to heredity, and from the early 1980s it has also been considered as a potential structural material for nanoscale construction. Now, a hydrogel made entirely of DNA brings this molecule into the realm of bulk materials.

    • Thom LaBean
  • News & Views |

    Despite their huge commercial success, the physical reasons for the high luminescence efficiency of (In,Ga)N light-emitting diodes are poorly understood. New experiments provide direct evidence for the crucial role of local atomic configurations on the material's high brightness.

    • Oliver Brandt
    •  & Klaus H. Ploog
  • News & Views |

    Tailoring junctions of ferromagnetic metals and silicon could bring together non-volatile magnetic storage and conventional electronics.

    • Igor Žutić
  • News & Views |

    Hypersonic phononic crystals provide a wealth of opportunities to reflect, focus and localize high-frequency acoustic waves. Using colloidal crystals for this purpose provides opportunities for simplified fabrication and flexible tuning of the properties.

    • Edwin L. Thomas
    • , Taras Gorishnyy
    •  & Martin Maldovan
  • Materials Witness

  • News & Views |

    New research results emerging from semiconductor physics and technology continue to surprise us. At a recent conference, it was nanoscale structures that captured particular attention.

    • Laurence Eaves