Applied physics

Applied physics is the study of physics for a practical purpose, as opposed to physics motived solely for an improved fundamental understanding. This includes technological advances such as the development of electronics, photonics and device physics, or improving practical investigations, such as experimental nuclear physics and experimental particle physics.

Latest Research and Reviews

News and Comment

  • News and Views |

    A robotic system has been demonstrated in which the random motion of individual components leads to deterministic behaviour, much as occurs in living systems. Environmental and medical applications could follow.

    • Metin Sitti
    Nature 567, 314-315
  • Comments and Opinion |

    Incredibly thin transistors could deliver even more powerful computers if three research challenges can be solved, argue Ming-Yang Li and colleagues.

    • Ming-Yang Li
    • , Sheng-Kai Su
    • , H.-S. Philip Wong
    •  & Lain-Jong Li
    Nature 567, 169-170
  • News and Views |

    How Nature reported a chalk ‘mammoth’ in 1919, and musical physics in 1969.

    Nature 567, 41
  • News and Views |

    It is well established that solid objects can be cooled by harnessing the properties of laser light. A laser-free technique that attains such cooling by tuning thermal radiation could have many practical applications.

    • Yannick De Wilde
    •  & Riad Haidar
    Nature 566, 186-187
  • News and Views |

    The perception range of an ordinary camera can be extended by analysing information contained in shadows. This finding could have technological implications for robotic, automotive and medical sensing.

    • Martin Laurenzis
    Nature 565, 435-436