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Condensed-Matter Physics

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Welcome to the Nature Communications Editors’ Highlights webpage on condensed-matter physics. Each month our editors select a small number of Articles recently published in Nature Communications that they believe are particularly interesting or important.

The aim is to provide a snapshot of some of the most exciting work published in the area of condensed-matter physics at Nature Communications.

Make sure to check the Editors' Highlights page each month for new featured articles.

The emission of light from correlated excitonic complexes has been recently observed in atomically thin transition metal dichalcogenides. Here, the authors report electroluminescence generated by a pulsed gate voltage from excitons, trions, and biexcitons in monolayer WSe2 and WS2 encapsulated with hBN.

Article | open | | Nature Communications

Owing to the presence of strongly bound excitons and degenerate valleys, monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides show promise for valleytronic applications. Here, the authors embed monolayer WSe2 in a monolithic dielectric cavity, and observe room-temperature valley coherence of valley-polaritons.

Article | open | | Nature Communications

The potential of 2D materials for space applications has been surfaced recently, however a comprehensive assessment of their suitability is currently missing. Here, the authors investigate the radiation effects in Earth’s atmosphere on various devices based on 2D transition metal dichalcogenides and hexagonal boron nitride.

Article | open | | Nature Communications

Owing to the presence of a valley degree of freedom, atomically thin transition metal dichalcogenides show promise for room temperature valleytronic applications. Here, the authors use polarization-resolved Raman spectroscopy to gain insight to the exciton-phonon coupling in charge tunable single layer MoS2.

Article | open | | Nature Communications

The short exciton life time in atomically thin transition metal dichalcogenides poses limitations to efficient control of the valley pseudospin and coherence. Here, the authors manipulate the exciton coherence in a WSe2 monolayer embedded in an optical microcavity in the strong light-matter coupling regime.

Article | open | | Nature Communications

Quantitative analysis of the extinction spectra of dispersions of 2D materials is complicated by light scattering. Here, the authors investigate non-resonant scattering in suspensions of wide-bandgap nanosheets, and develop a general model which allows the scattering spectra to be used as metrics for particle size in nanosheet dispersions.

Article | open | | Nature Communications

Encapsulated graphene Josephson junctions are promising for microwave quantum circuits but so far haven’t been explored. Here, Schmidt and Jenkins et al. observe a gate-tunable Josephson inductance in a microwave circuit based on a ballistic graphene Josephson junction embedded in a superconducting cavity.

Article | open | | Nature Communications