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In this focus issue, we bring together interdisciplinary research at the interface of physics, microbiology, stem cell biology, and mechanobiology, to present the most recent advances, outstanding challenges, and future directions in studying interacting active materials.
To celebrate the fifth anniversary of the journal we share with our readers a special collection of articles selected by our editorial team and our editorial board members. We have also selected our most cited papers and those that have been most downloaded or highly discussed in social media platforms.
As a way of looking at physics from a different perspective, our readers are also invited to vote in our image competition.
Under extreme pressure, matter can exhibit novel or counter-intuitive phenomena such as superconductivity at unusually high-temperature, unexpected chemical stoichiometries and reaction kinetics, or new material phases.
In recent years, pioneering theoretical and experimental works showed that the method of periodic driving, so-called ‘Floquet engineering’, opens the door to a plethora of new phenomena in quantum materials and quantum simulations. This Focus Collection strives to provide and curate, as a single resource, a venue for the latest research and interesting findings on Floquet engineering of quantum systems.
In recent years, several works revealed that networks of coupled optical oscillators, e.g., lasers and optical parametric oscillators, show a great promise for emulating a classical spin model. This Collection aims to curate, as a single resource, interesting research articles on the subject and accelerate the formation of a roadmap for future research directions of the field.
In many real-world systems, interactions are not limited to pairs of subjects and can occur in groups of higher size. This Collection provides a venue for the latest and most important findings on higher-order interaction networks