Condensed-matter physics

Condensed-matter physics is the study of substances in their solid state. This includes the investigation of both crystalline solids in which the atoms are positioned on a repeating three-dimensional lattice, such as diamond, and amorphous materials in which atomic position is more irregular, like in glass.

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    The observation of a room-temperature stable liquid phase of electrons and holes in a quasi-two-dimensional photocell paves the way towards optoelectronic devices that harness collective phenomena.

    • Stéphane Berciaud
    Nature Photonics 13, 225-226
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    Impulsive Raman spectroscopy reveals how atoms are pushed into action by light absorption. The surprising sensitivity of this behaviour to the polaronic character of 2D perovskites opens up new avenues for tailored light–matter interactions.

    • Christoph Schnedermann
    • , Akshay Rao
    •  & Philipp Kukura
    Nature Materials 18, 307-308
  • News and Views |

    Strong spin–electric coupling related to modulation of magnetic coupling has now been observed in polar spin chains. This is a first step towards switching quantum bit interactions by localized electric fields.

    • Joris van Slageren
    Nature Materials 18, 300-301
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    Irradiating a PbTiO3/SrTiO3 superlattice with ultrafast UV light pulses modifies elastic and electrostatic interactions, resulting in the formation of a stable complex 3D supercrystal.

    • J. M. Gregg
    Nature Materials 18, 304-306
  • Research Highlights |

    Nair et al. contrast events at specific super-enhancers after acute and chronic ligand-induced activation and show that biomolecular condensates at these enhancers undergo physical changes over time that affect chromatin conformation and gene expression.

    • Linda Koch