From physics to art and back

The October cover is inspired by the insights that come from applying physics techniques to study art and other cultural heritage.


    • Optical superoscillations are rapid spatial variations of the intensity and phase of light. This Review describes technologies for generating superoscillatory hotspots and discuss advances in imaging and metrology with superoscillatory light that, in combination with artificial intelligence, offer deeply subwavelength optical resolution.

      • Nikolay I. Zheludev
      • Guanghui Yuan
      Review Article
    • Current and future big science projects in India are providing opportunities for young researchers and building technological capabilities, while contributing to new scientific discoveries. Seven scientists involved in these large-scale projects reflect on the impact their project has on the Indian research landscape.

      • G. C. Anupama
      • Subhasis Chattopadhyay
      • Tarun Souradeep
    • The ability to image nanometre-scale magnetization and current density is key to deciphering the physics of correlated states hosted in 2D layered materials. This Technical Review analyses the magnetic imaging techniques most amenable to these systems, compares their capabilities and limitations, and discusses their potential impact.

      • Estefani Marchiori
      • Lorenzo Ceccarelli
      • Martino Poggio
      Technical Review
    • Graphene nanoribbons are an emerging class of 1D materials hosting rich quantum-confined and topological states. This Perspective discusses recent breakthroughs in graphene nanoribbon materials and devices, and identifies key challenges towards electronics and quantum information applications.

      • Haomin Wang
      • Hui Shan Wang
      • Xinran Wang
    • This Perspective describes how visualizations help to understand several key aspects of big science projects: productivity and impact over different phases, evolution of teams and their management, big data and cyberinfrastructure, and measuring and communicating success.

      • Katy Börner
      • Filipi Nascimento Silva
      • Staša Milojević
  • The Indian space science program dates back to the 1960s, but has hit the headlines in the 21st century after successful missions to the Moon and Mars. Scientists from the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) reflect on the past successes and share their plans for the future.

    • Tirtha Pratim Das
    • Mohammad Hasan
    • T. Maria Antonita
  • Fifty years ago saw a breakthrough in the study of vertex models, which are statistical mechanics models that have applications to ice, among other systems.

    • Zoe Budrikis
    Research Highlight
  • At Nature Reviews Physics we ask authors for synopses for all our longer articles. Why do we add this step to our publication process, and what kind of feedback do we give at this stage?

From economics to physics

From economics to physics

2020 was a year of economic turmoil in many parts of the world — and 2021 promises much of the same.