Condensed-matter physics

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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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    Magnetic materials can host a range of structures called spin textures. Two such textures — a meron and an antimeron — have been observed experimentally for the first time, in a material known as a chiral magnet.

    • Seonghoon Woo
    Nature 564, 43–44
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    Oxidation states and radii of cations dictate their arrangement in double perovskite oxides and influence the material’s properties. Isovalent cations are known to be disordered in double perovskite oxides, but an unusual ordering of Fe3+ and Al3+ has been found in Bi2FeAlO6.

    • Jacilynn Brant
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    A method to selectively grow pure metallic-phase monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides marks an important step towards industrially viable nano-(opto)electronic technologies based on two-dimensional materials and their hierarchical assemblies.

    • Aditya D. Mohite
    •  & Jean-Christophe Blancon
    Nature Materials 17, 1058–1059