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In the December issue

Quantum programming, equilibration,thermalization and prethermalization in ultracold atoms, topological methods for data analysis and axion physics in condensed matter.

Latest Reviews

  • Perspective |

    Transitions between the topologically distinct vacuum sectors induce a chiral asymmetry in hot quark–gluon matter via a process analogous to the baryogenesis in the early Universe. This may soon be detected in heavy-ion collisions through the chiral magnetic effect.

    • Dmitri E. Kharzeev
    •  & Jinfeng Liao
  • Review Article |

    Since the first measurement of the spin structure of the proton, there has been significant theoretical and experimental progress in understanding the origins of the proton spin. This Review discusses what we have learned so far, what is still missing and what to expect from the upcoming experiments.

    • Xiangdong Ji
    • , Feng Yuan
    •  & Yong Zhao
  • Review Article |

    A variety of quantum programming languages have been developed over the past few years, enabling newcomers and seasoned practitioners alike. This Review gives a brief introduction to quantum programming, overviewing some of the existing languages and the ecosystem around them.

    • Bettina Heim
    • , Mathias Soeken
    • , Sarah Marshall
    • , Chris Granade
    • , Martin Roetteler
    • , Alan Geller
    • , Matthias Troyer
    •  & Krysta Svore
  • Review Article |

    The rapidly developing field of topological data analysis represents data via graphs rather than as solutions to equations or as decompositions into clusters. This Review discusses the methods and provides examples from physics and other sciences.

    • Gunnar Carlsson
  • Review Article |

    The past decade has witnessed remarkable progress in our understanding of equilibration, thermalization and prethermalization, due in large part to experimental breakthroughs in ultracold atomic gases. This Review discusses theoretical and experimental advances on these topics and the challenges ahead.

    • Masahito Ueda
  • Review Article |

    Axion fields provide a unique way to understand large quantized electromagnetic responses in topological insulators and dynamics in Weyl semimetals. This Review discusses the theory of axion fields in condensed matter, their experimental realization and their application in next-generation devices.

    • Dennis M. Nenno
    • , Christina A. C. Garcia
    • , Johannes Gooth
    • , Claudia Felser
    •  & Prineha Narang

News & Comment

  • Editorial |

    As we close volume 2 of Nature Reviews Physics we look at the richness of topics covered, the variety of article types and the geographical diversity of the community we serve.

  • Research Highlight |

    Understanding the first few minutes of the Universe has been hampered by uncertainty in the cross section of the so-called deuterium burning process. A paper in Nature reports a much-improved cross section, putting models of the early Universe on firmer footing.

    • Zoe Budrikis
  • Year in Review |

    Whereas high-temperature superconductivity in cuprates has been studied for 30 years, during the past year it has been reported in nickelates. This raises new questions for physicists and chemists about the mechanism of superconductivity.

    • Warren E. Pickett
  • Research Highlight |

    A Science paper presents a method of growing twisted spiral structures of 2D materials by using curved substrates.

    • Ankita Anirban
  • Research Highlight |

    In 2000, David DiVincenzo gave a set of basic criteria for building a quantum computer, which have guided research for the past 20 years. Today, despite not all the criteria having been cleared, additional complex requirements have emerged.

    • Iulia Georgescu

Collection

Multi-messenger astrophysics

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Multi-messenger astrophysics

In this collection we explore the rapid development of multi-messenger astrophysics, an inter-disciplinary field that expands our understanding of the most violent astrophysical processes and reshapes the way science is done in terms of big collaborations, instruments and data.