Browse Articles

  • Article |

    Fundamental fingerprints of topological orders may be characterized uniquely and purely by experimental means. Here the authors provide a proof of principle demonstration using interferometric measurement in a two-dimensional lattice system.

    • Zhihuang Luo
    • , Jun Li
    • , Zhaokai Li
    • , Ling-Yan Hung
    • , Yidun Wan
    • , Xinhua Peng
    •  & Jiangfeng Du
  • Article |

    Resonant electron attachment and subsequent dissociation of diatomic molecules is shown to exhibit spatial asymmetry as a consequence of coherent excitation and subsequent interference between reaction pathways.

    • E. Krishnakumar
    • , Vaibhav S. Prabhudesai
    •  & Nigel J. Mason
  • News and Views |

    Dissociating hydrogen gas seems like it should be as easy as pulling apart two identical atoms. But resonant electron-impact experiments reveal that quantum interference induces a fundamental asymmetry in the process.

    • Daniel S. Slaughter
    •  & Thomas N. Rescigno
  • News and Views |

    A state of matter known as a quantum spin liquid has been predicted to host Majorana fermions. Recent neutron scattering and specific heat results add to the growing body of evidence suggesting they exist in the quantum magnet α-RuCl3.

    • Natalia Perkins
  • Letter |

    In nanoscale electronic circuits, controlling the flow of heat is essential. A demonstration of a heat Coulomb blockade arising from thermal many-body effects shows that thermal transport follows distinct rules in the quantum regime.

    • E. Sivre
    • , A. Anthore
    • , F. D. Parmentier
    • , A. Cavanna
    • , U. Gennser
    • , A. Ouerghi
    • , Y. Jin
    •  & F. Pierre
  • Letter |

    Proximity effects enable superconductivity to leak into normal metals. In graphene, a Klein-like tunnelling of superconducting pairs from a high-temperature superconductor allows the proximity effects to be tuned by electric fields.

    • David Perconte
    • , Fabian A. Cuellar
    • , Constance Moreau-Luchaire
    • , Maelis Piquemal-Banci
    • , Regina Galceran
    • , Piran R. Kidambi
    • , Marie-Blandine Martin
    • , Stephan Hofmann
    • , Rozenn Bernard
    • , Bruno Dlubak
    • , Pierre Seneor
    •  & Javier E. Villegas
  • Commentary |

    The two-way symmetry of electromagnetic wave propagation can be broken effectively in optomechanical systems, enabling new devices that route photons in unconventional ways.

    • Ewold Verhagen
    •  & Andrea Alù
  • Measure for Measure |

    Dimensional analysis is a powerful tool for assessing physical problems, reaffirms Tina Hecksher

    • Tina Hecksher
  • News and Views |

    A crystalline organic semiconductor that combines the long spin-relaxation times of organic semiconductors with the high charge-carrier mobilities typically found in inorganic semiconductors provides unprecedented prospects for organic spintronics.

    • Christoph Boehme
  • Editorial |

    The Nobel Prize, for all its shortcomings and imperfections, remains unmatched when it comes to the kind of emotions it generates.

  • Article |

    In a hot, under-dense plasma, eight input beams are combined into a single, well-collimated beam, whose energy is more than triple than that of any incident beam. This shows how nonlinear interactions in plasmas can produce optics beams at much higher intensity than possible in solids.

    • R. K. Kirkwood
    • , D. P. Turnbull
    • , T. Chapman
    • , S. C. Wilks
    • , M. D. Rosen
    • , R. A. London
    • , L. A. Pickworth
    • , W. H. Dunlop
    • , J. D. Moody
    • , D. J. Strozzi
    • , P. A. Michel
    • , L. Divol
    • , O. L. Landen
    • , B. J. MacGowan
    • , B. M. Van Wonterghem
    • , K. B. Fournier
    •  & B. E. Blue
  • Letter |

    Acoustic Weyl points are realized in a three-dimensional chiral phononic crystal that breaks inversion symmetry, with the topological nature of the associate surface states providing robust modes that propagate along only one direction.

    • Feng Li
    • , Xueqin Huang
    • , Jiuyang Lu
    • , Jiahong Ma
    •  & Zhengyou Liu
  • Article |

    Measurements of the electron wavepackets produced by photoionizing noble gas atoms with an XUV harmonic comb enable the reconstruction of the effective binding potential: a new technique that could be extended to molecules.

    • D. Kiesewetter
    • , R. R. Jones
    • , A. Camper
    • , S. B. Schoun
    • , P. Agostini
    •  & L. F. DiMauro
  • Letter |

    A classical algorithm solves the boson sampling problem for 30 bosons with standard computing hardware, suggesting that a much larger experimental effort will be needed to reach a regime where quantum hardware outperforms classical methods.

    • Alex Neville
    • , Chris Sparrow
    • , Raphaël Clifford
    • , Eric Johnston
    • , Patrick M. Birchall
    • , Ashley Montanaro
    •  & Anthony Laing
  • News and Views |

    A type of optics experiment called a boson sampler could be among the easiest routes to demonstrating the power of quantum computers. But recent work shows that super-classical boson sampling may be a long way off.

    • Andrew M. Childs