Nature Physics Insight — Quantum materials

Nature Physics Vol. 13, No. 11 (November 2017)

Quantum materials are uniquely defined by quantum mechanical effects that remain manifest at high temperatures and macroscopic length scales. This joint Nature Physics and Nature Materials Insight explores the physics they give rise to, their synthesis and design, the control over their properties, and the applications they might lead to in the future.

Nature Physics Insight — Dark Matter

Nature Physics Vol. 13, No. 3 (March 2017)

Dark matter makes up most of the Universe, but very little is known about it. This joint Nature Astronomy and Nature Physics Insight explores the history and current status of dark matter searches in particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology.


Nature Physics Insight — Nuclear Fusion

Nature Physics Vol. 12, No. 5 (May 2016)

Harnessing the energy produced in nuclear fusion reactions is an ongoing grand challenge. This Insight focuses on the achievements made so far and the trials ahead, highlighting that at the core of nuclear fusion lies some fascinating physics.


Nature Physics Insight — Non-equilibrium physics

Nature Physics Vol. 11, No. 2 (February 2015)

Efforts to probe the physics of systems removed from equilibrium date back to Maxwell himself. But recent progress has renewed interest in the endeavour — a trend highlighted by this Insight, collecting key advances from across the research spectrum.


Nature Physics Insight — Foundations of Quantum Mechanics

Nature Physics Vol. 10, No. 4 (April 2014)

Over the past two decades, the fields of quantum information theory and quantum technology have emerged and matured. The theoretical and experimental tools developed in this context are now making it possible to revisit the very foundations of quantum theory, and to explore the terra incognita that may lie beyond. In this Insight, we survey recent trends in the study of the foundations of quantum mechanics: from the expansion or even rethinking of quantum theory, to ambitious new experiments that will seek the elusive effects of quantum gravity.



Nature Physics Insight — Quantum Simulation

Nature Physics Vol. 8, No. 4 (April 2012)

Quantum simulators are devices that use a controllable quantum system to investigate the behaviour and properties of another, less accessible one — and hold the promise of tackling problems that are too demanding for classical computers. Significant progress is being made in a number of experimental fields, as reviewed in this Insight, which also considers where quantum simulation might take us.

Nature Physics Insight — Complexity

Nature Physics Vol. 8, No. 1 (January 2012)

In many large ensembles, the property of the system as a whole cannot be understood from studying the individual entities alone — these ensembles can be made up by neurons in the brain, transport users in traffic networks or data packages in the Internet. The past decade has seen important progress in our fundamental understanding of what such seemingly disparate 'complex systems' have in common; some of these advances are surveyed here.



Nature Physics Insight — Physics and the Cell

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

Produced with support from the National Cancer Institute
Looking at cells from a mechanistic perspective can provide insight into their behaviour and function that is not available through more empirical approaches. Numerical techniques and material-characterization experiments common in many physics laboratories are now proving to be useful tools in biology too.