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Orbital angular momentum lasers

A Review in this issue explores the intriguing physics behind orbital angular momentum lasers, discussing prospects at the interface between structured light and structured matter.


  • Famous physicists

    A Series that invites physicists, historians, sociologists, psychologists and other scholars to consider the following questions. How does physics work today? How did we end up with this system? How could we imagine physics in the future?

  • Sustainability

    This ongoing collection brings together articles from Nature Reviews journals about how physicists can contribute to environmental sustainability – both by working on questions that have direct relevance to sustainability goals and understanding Earth’s climate, but also by changing the ways physicists work.


    • The understanding of fluid flows and their interaction with magnetic fields in planetary and stellar cores or accretion disks represents a challenge for geophysical and astrophysical research. This Review covers recent liquid-metal experiments on the underlying processes, such as convection, Alfvén waves, the magnetorotational instability and the dynamo effect.

      • Frank Stefani
      Review Article
    • Entropy is central to statistical physics, but it has multiple meanings. This Review clarifies the strengths of each use and the connections between them, seeking to bolster crosstalk between researchers and to emphasize the power of inference for non-equilibrium physics.

      • Jonathan Asher Pachter
      • Ying-Jen Yang
      • Ken A. Dill
      Review Article
    • Dipolar many-body systems provide a promising platform to study quantum phases and exotic phenomena such as dipolar liquids, dipolar solids and superfluids. This Review discusses dipolar many-body complexes and their interactions in 2D stacked transition metal dichalcogenide heterobilayers and offers insights into the unique properties of various exciton species.

      • Xueqian Sun
      • Ermin Malic
      • Yuerui Lu
      Review Article
    • This Perspective argues that the development of 99Mo production methods complementary to reactor-based methodology is strategic in the short-to-medium term. Localized and resilient 99Mo production routes might guarantee access to important diagnostic procedures even in the case of unpredictable global events.

      • Antonino Pietropaolo
      • Marco Capogni
      • Lina Quintieri
    • In the 1980s, the discovery of electron states that fractionalize in the presence of a time-reversal symmetry breaking magnetic field opened up new directions in condensed matter physics. In 2023, evidence has accumulated that a version of these states in which the time-reversal symmetry breaking is spontaneous appears in moiré materials.

      • Nicolás Morales-Durán
      • Jingtian Shi
      • A. H. MacDonald
      Year in Review
  • Access to quantum computers has been democratized by the availability of cloud services from commercial providers, but the numbers of qubits users can exploit have remained modest, limited by noise and errors. What are these qubits used for and what can we expect next?

    • Tsubasa Ichikawa
    • Hideaki Hakoshima
    • Keisuke Fujii
    Down to Business
  • 90 years after Eugene Wigner predicted the formation of an ordered electron state, direct observations of a lattice of electrons in bilayer graphene not only verify the existence of a Wigner crystal but find unexpected physics.

    • May Chiao
    Research Highlight
  • Doing physics and being a physicist is shaped by complex social factors. This month, we launch a Collection to explore the social and historical context of physics research.

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