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Condensed-Matter Physics

Richard Brierley: correlated materials, many-body physics and solid state qubits.

Wei Fan: topological matter and superconductivity.

Konstantin Hirsch: magnetism and spintronics.

Silvia Milana: physics of two-dimensional materials.

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.

Spectroscopic signatures of magnetic response in topological materials remain very limited. Here, the authors observe a quasi-linear field dependent transverse magnetization and a non-saturating parallel magnetization in a Weyl semimetal TaAs under strong magnetic field, suggesting a signature of relativistic quasiparticles in topological materials.

Article | Open Access | | Nature Communications

The optimal condition for superconductivity is a long-sought issue but remains challenging. Here, Ivashko et al. demonstrate that the compressive strain to La2CuO4 films enhances the Coulomb and magnetic-exchange interactions relevant for superconductivity, providing a strategy to optimise the parent Mott state for superconductivity.

Article | Open Access | | Nature Communications

It remains challenging on how to selectively control terahertz conductivity at surface from the bulk contribution in topological insulators. Here, Luo et al. discover and manipulate topologically enhanced surface transport due to helical spin structure using mid-infrared and terahertz ultrafast photoexcitations.

Article | Open Access | | Nature Communications

An anomalous phase shift in a topological insulator based Josephson junction is expected but never been observed. Here, Assouline et al. observe an anomalous phase shift in a Bi2Se3 based Josephson junction in presence of an in-plane magnetic field, opening opportunities for phase-controlled Josephson devices.

Article | Open Access | | Nature Communications

Understanding the ground state (GS) phase transitions in the quantum tunneling regime of a superconducting system is important for future qubit devices. Here, Shen, Heedt and Borsoi et al. report distinct types of fermion parity GS transitions as a function of magnetic field and gate voltages in a Coulomb-blockaded InSb–Al island.

Article | Open Access | | Nature Communications