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In the August issue

Atomic clocks, particle physics at BESIII, EDM searches and acoustic cavitation for drug delivery. Check out our conference reports.

Latest Reviews

  • Review Article |

    Understanding entanglement in many-body systems provided a description of complex quantum states in terms of tensor networks. This Review revisits the main tensor network structures, key ideas behind their numerical methods and their application in fields beyond condensed matter physics.

    • Román Orús
  • Technical Review |

    Advances in semiconductor technologies have enabled the development of numerous designs of silicon tracking detectors in particle physics. This Technical Review outlines the current state-of-the-art technologies and discusses challenges, future directions and some of the recent applications outside particle physics.

    • Philip Allport
  • Review Article |

    Electron–positron annihilations at centre-of-mass energies between 2.0 GeV and 4.6 GeV at BESIII enabled precision measurements of fundamental constants of the standard model of particle physics, discovered non-standard, multi-quark hadrons and observed a number of unusual properties of standard mesons and baryons.

    • Chang-Zheng Yuan
    •  & Stephen Lars Olsen
  • Perspective |

    Electric dipole moments (EDMs) of atoms and molecules are a sensitive probe for sources of time-reversal symmetry violation beyond the standard model. In this Perspective, we review recent progress in EDM searches with atoms and molecules and survey proposed next-generation experiments.

    • William B. Cairncross
    •  & Jun Ye
  • Review Article |

    This Review tackles how soft condensed matter physics can assist in the understanding of complex food systems, by relying on the foundations of established theories on polymers, colloids and surfactants to unravel the properties of food macrocomponents and the challenges associated with this task.

    • Salvatore Assenza
    •  & Raffaele Mezzenga
  • Review Article |

    The geometric phase is a deep and influential concept in modern physics and related sciences. This Review briefly discusses its origin, mathematical formulation and various forms, some of which are topological; then elaborates on contemporary optical and condensed-matter applications.

    • Eliahu Cohen
    • , Hugo Larocque
    • , Frédéric Bouchard
    • , Farshad Nejadsattari
    • , Yuval Gefen
    •  & Ebrahim Karimi

News & Comment

  • Research Highlight |

    The International Nuclear Physics Conference in Glasgow in July featured all areas of nuclear physics, an outreach programme and prizes for young scientists.

    • Zoe Budrikis
  • Comment |

    Each year millions of patients benefit from diagnostic services enabled by advances in medical imaging. However, some services rely on the supply of technetium-99m from an ageing nuclear infrastructure. Kevin Charlton discusses new technologies to secure a sustainable supply.

    • Kevin Charlton
  • Feature |

    Detector technologies developed at CERN can produce stunning colour X-ray computed tomography images, but bringing them to hospitals is challenging.

    • Zoe Budrikis
  • Research Highlight |

    In July, physicists met for the biannual European Physical Society High-Energy Physics conference and discussed exciting developments in their field.

    • Iulia Georgescu
  • Comment |

    Jose R. Alonso and colleagues describe technical advances that will allow the proposed IsoDAR (isotope decay at rest) cyclotron — being developed for neutrino physics research — to produce many medical isotopes more efficiently than existing cyclotrons can.

    • Jose R. Alonso
    • , Roger Barlow
    • , Janet M. Conrad
    •  & Loyd Hoyt Waites
  • Editorial |

    This month we talk about our figures and the lesser-known facts about how they are produced.