Nobel Prizes in Physics

Every year Nature Physics celebrates the recipients of the Nobel Prize in Physics. Here is an ongoing list of the winners and their amazing achievements.

Topological matter

Topology has returned to prominence in physics thanks to the discovery of topological insulators — a class of materials that are characterized by topological properties. This Focus showcases the recent advances in realizing and exploiting topological phases in condensed matter and beyond.


Decades-old speculation that the transition to turbulence belongs to the directed percolation universality class is confirmed with theoretical, numerical and experimental evidence in our Focus on Turbulence.


The concept of temperature pervades the laws of physics. This Focus highlights various aspects of thermometry, from the (re)definition of the kelvin to ways of measuring temperature — from pK to MK — documenting some compelling physics along the way.


Space missions

The success of a number of space missions and the twenty-fifth anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope make 2015 an exciting year for space science. This Focus celebrates these achievements. Image credit: NASA/ESA

Magnon spintronics

Although mostly based on electron charges, information processing technologies also make use of the electron spin. This Focus surveys the field of magnon spintronics, which harnesses quantized spin waves – magnons – as the carriers of spin currents.

Physics and computing

Physicists have always been quick to adopt computing technologies, and computers have likewise played a key role in physics research. This Focus examines physicists' response to the challenges—and opportunities—posed by recent advances in computing.

Ten years of Nature Physics

In October 2015 we celebrate ten years of Nature Physics. With this occasion we revisit some results we published in this special News & Views series. We try to cover a broad spectrum of topics, but the selection is neither meant to be exhaustive, nor based on any measurable criterion – we simply chose what we believe to be twelve interesting stories that you would enjoy reading.


Complex networks in finance

Nature Physics Vol. 9, No. 3 (March 2013)

The 2008 financial crisis has highlighted major limitations in the modelling of financial and economic systems. However, an emerging field of research at the frontiers of both physics and economics aims to provide a more fundamental understanding of economic networks, as well as practical insights for policymakers. In this Nature Physics Focus, physicists and economists consider the state-of-the-art in the application of network science to finance.


Fifth-anniversary highlights

Nature Physics Vol. 6, No. 10 (October 2010)

Time flies: in October 2010, Nature Physics celebrated the fifth anniversary of its launch. We've put together a selection of the articles – comment, review and research papers – that we've published over the past five years, reflecting in particular some 'hot topics' that have seen significant development over that time. We've also included some editorial favourites. We hope you enjoy them too.


Darwin and physics

Nature Physics Vol. 5, No. 3 (March 2009)

Darwin and physics? The relevance of Darwin's ideas in physics, the wider context of Darwin's legacy and the controversy that rumbles on are explored in a special collection of articles marking the anniversary of the theory of evolution.


Quantum phase transitions

Nature Physics Vol. 4, No. 3 (March 2008)

Phase transitions are familiar occurrences, such as the freezing of water to ice. When the transition occurs at zero temperature, it is known as a 'quantum phase transition'. As distinct states of matter coexist at a transition, there are quantum fluctuations between them. This Focus explores the resulting – and often surprising – collective behaviour.


First-anniversary highlights

October 2006 marked the first anniversary of the launch of Nature Physics. To celebrate, the editors have put together their highlights from the first 12 issues. The selection reflects the diversity of Nature Physics content — in style of article and in the topics covered. We hope that you will enjoy browsing through the list.