Physics

Definition

Physics is the search for and application of rules that can help us understand and predict the world around us. Central to physics are ideas such as energy, mass, particles and waves. Physics attempts to both answer philosophical questions about the nature of the universe and provide solutions to technological problems.

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Latest Research and Reviews

  • Research |

    Films of metal halide perovskite are used as the absorber material in solar cells, and light irradiation during their formation is shown to affect their crystallization, morphology and photovoltaic performance.

    • Amita Ummadisingu
    • , Ludmilla Steier
    • , Ji-Youn Seo
    • , Taisuke Matsui
    • , Antonio Abate
    • , Wolfgang Tress
    •  & Michael Grätzel
  • Research |

    Simulations of a solar coronal jet driven by filament ejection demonstrate that magnetic reconnection underlies the energy release, implying that a universal ‘breakout’ model explains both tiny jets and huge mass ejections from the Sun.

    • Peter F. Wyper
    • , Spiro K. Antiochos
    •  & C. Richard DeVore
    Nature 544, 452–455
  • Research |

    Intrinsic long-range ferromagnetic order is observed in few-layer Cr2Ge2Te6 crystals, with a transition temperature that can be controlled using small magnetic fields.

    • Cheng Gong
    • , Lin Li
    • , Zhenglu Li
    • , Huiwen Ji
    • , Alex Stern
    • , Yang Xia
    • , Ting Cao
    • , Wei Bao
    • , Chenzhe Wang
    • , Yuan Wang
    • , Z. Q. Qiu
    • , R. J. Cava
    • , Steven G. Louie
    • , Jing Xia
    •  & Xiang Zhang
  • Reviews |

    This Perspective discusses the spin-dependent properties emerging at the interfaces of molecular and inorganic materials, and describes possible future developments for spin-based technologies.

    • Mirko Cinchetti
    • , V. Alek Dediu
    •  & Luis E. Hueso
    Nature Materials 16, 507–515
  • Research | | open

    Quantum communications will be used to transmit entanglement and secure keys, but it is important to estimate their optimal transfer rates. Here the authors compute the fundamental limit of repeaterless quantum communications for the most relevant practical scenario.

    • Stefano Pirandola
    • , Riccardo Laurenza
    • , Carlo Ottaviani
    •  & Leonardo Banchi
  • Research |

    Volta phase-plate cryo-electron microscopy reveals the structure of the full-length calcitonin receptor in complex with its peptide ligand and Gαsβγ.

    • Yi-Lynn Liang
    • , Maryam Khoshouei
    • , Mazdak Radjainia
    • , Yan Zhang
    • , Alisa Glukhova
    • , Jeffrey Tarrasch
    • , David M. Thal
    • , Sebastian G. B. Furness
    • , George Christopoulos
    • , Thomas Coudrat
    • , Radostin Danev
    • , Wolfgang Baumeister
    • , Laurence J. Miller
    • , Arthur Christopoulos
    • , Brian K. Kobilka
    • , Denise Wootten
    • , Georgios Skiniotis
    •  & Patrick M. Sexton

News and Comment

  • News and Views |

    Biological molecules are often imaged by attaching fluorescent labels — but only a few label types can be used at a time. A method that could smash the record for the number of labels that can be used together is now reported. See Letter p.465

    • Charles H. Camp Jr
    •  & Marcus T. Cicerone
    Nature 544, 423–424
  • Editorial |

    Convergent efforts of researchers from different fields aim to control spin transport in molecules and develop nanoscale spintronic devices with improved performance or new functionalities.

  • News and Views |

    Molecular spintronics is an interdisciplinary field at the interface between organic spintronics, molecular magnetism, molecular electronics and quantum computing, which is advancing fast and promises large technological payoffs.

    • Andrea Cornia
    •  & Pierre Seneor
    Nature Materials 16, 505–506