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In the January issue

The spin structure of the proton, the chiral magnetic effect in heavy-ion collisions, quantum phases driven by strong correlation and optical spectroscopy of layered semiconductors.

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  • Review Article |

    Viruses display fascinating dynamics during their life cycle. Only recently has it become possible to probe viral dynamics at the single-particle level. This Review discusses dynamical properties of viruses and recent developments in physical virology approaches to probe such dynamics.

    • Robijn F. Bruinsma
    • , Gijs J. L. Wuite
    •  & Wouter H. Roos
  • Review Article |

    Strong correlations may produce states of matter that do not have non-interacting counterparts, with new types of quantum criticality, superconductivity, and topological phases being recent highlights. This Review describes the physics underlying these correlated states and points to their potential for quantum applications.

    • Silke Paschen
    •  & Qimiao Si
  • Technical Review |

    Understanding light–matter interactions in layered materials is crucial for applications in photonics and optoelectronics. This Technical Review discusses the optical spectroscopy techniques to access details of the electronic band structure, crystal quality, crystal orientation and spin–valley polarization, including key aspects of practical set-ups to perform experiments for a broad range of applications.

    • Shivangi Shree
    • , Ioannis Paradisanos
    • , Xavier Marie
    • , Cedric Robert
    •  & Bernhard Urbaszek
  • 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

News & Comment

  • Research Highlight |

    A paper in Science shows that diamond can be elastically stretched by up to 9% which could make it more electrically conducting.

    • Ankita Anirban
  • Editorial |

    Over a century after its discovery, the proton still keeps physicists busy understanding its basic properties, but a new generation of experiments may help finally nail down its radius, stability and the origin of its spin.

  • Research Highlight |

    A paper in Communications Physics reports that cornstarch suspensions flowing down slopes form ripples like water does — but via a completely different mechanism, which involves their unusual rheology.

    • Zoe Budrikis
  • Research Highlight |

    A Nature paper reports on the conversion of microwave-frequency quantum excitations of a superconducting qubit into photons at optical telecommunication frequencies, a step closer to realizing a working quantum transducer.

    • Iulia Georgescu
  • Research Highlight |

    A paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that the ridges on finger pads promote grip by acting as a microfluidic array that maintains optimal moisture levels and by deforming when wet to block sweat pores.

    • Zoe Budrikis
  • Comment |

    As the construction of the Electron–Ion Collider (EIC) is starting, the EIC Project Director Jim Yeck shares his experience on the main ingredients for success of big science projects.

    • Jim Yeck


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.