Statistical physics, thermodynamics and nonlinear dynamics

Statistical physics and thermodynamics provide a framework for relating the behaviour of microscopic particles to the macroscopic properties of a system. Thermodynamics casts these macroscopic, or observable, properties in terms of variables that are subject to constraints imposed by the four laws of thermodynamics, which can be explained by statistical physics.


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  • Research Highlights |

    New experiments on swarms of Caenorhabditis elegans reveal that the worm can form a dynamical network that can be understood using active matter physics, and controlled using genetic manipulation.

    • Zoe Budrikis
  • News and Views |

    Propagating on fibre links between multiple nodes of a network, light gets trapped by multi-path interference and forms complex states that are very sensitive to external perturbations. Now, a network of subwavelength, doped polymer fibres has been shown to operate as a network laser.

    • Stefan Rotter
    Nature Photonics 13, 140-141
  • News and Views |

    Multiferroic quantum criticality — associated with the merging of two distinct quantum critical points — is explored, with implications for fundamental physics and low-temperature applications.

    • Premala Chandra
    Nature Materials 18, 197-198
  • Editorial |

    Much academic and industrial effort has been devoted to the study of multiferroics, but if related technologies are to have real-world impact, market awareness and reproducibility are also key.

  • News and Views |

    Through stochastic resonance, noise-driven fluctuations make an otherwise weak periodic signal accessible. Experiments have now reported quantum stochastic resonance, which arises from intrinsic quantum fluctuations rather than external noise.

    • Stefan Ludwig