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Volume 2 Issue 10, October 2020

The cover of this issue illustrates the interplay between particles (electrons) and quasiparticles (plasmons) at the interface of a 2D and a 3D material. See Rivera & Kaminer

Image: Yaniv Kurman, Moriel Hoffman, and Noa Nuni. Cover design: Charlotte Gurr. [Note: The image credit originally published was incorrect; it has now been updated.]

Editorial

  • Physics in Africa is often overlooked. We explore the challenges facing African physicists and what their needs are as authors and readers.

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Comment

  • Caterina La Porta and Stefano Zapperi discuss how a suitable identification of the control and order parameters can shed light on the nature of phase transitions in cell migration.

    • Caterina A. M. La Porta
    • Stefano Zapperi
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Research Highlights

  • A Nature paper shows how vertical oscillations can be used to levitate a fluid and float a boat upside down.

    • Ankita Anirban
    Research Highlight
  • The first quantum error-correcting code was devised by Peter Shor 25 years ago. Ever since there have been numerous advances on both the theoretical and experimental fronts, and quantum error correction turned out to have unexpected applications.

    • Iulia Georgescu
    Research Highlight
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Viewpoint

  • Ten African researchers discuss the varied challenges and opportunities faced by physicists across the continent.

    • Rabia Salihu Sa’id
    • Ibiyinka Fuwape
    • Nashwa Eassa
    Viewpoint
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Reviews

  • 2D materials host various collective excitations, which either mutate or cease to exist in the bulk. In this Review, we select the most striking properties of 2D plasmons, excitons, phonons and magnons, contrasting them with the bulk versions.

    • Aleksandr Rodin
    • Maxim Trushin
    • A. H. Castro Neto
    Review Article
  • The coupling of photons to material quasiparticles such as plasmons, phonons and excitons opens new possibilities in light–matter interactions. This Review presents a generalized view of such quasiparticles and the technique that describes their interactions with matter: macroscopic quantum electrodynamics.

    • Nicholas Rivera
    • Ido Kaminer
    Review Article
  • Understanding the behaviour of materials at high pressures and temperatures is of great importance to planetary science and the physics of warm dense matter. This Review addresses the close connection between modelling the interiors of gaseous planets and the high-pressure physics of hydrogen and helium.

    • Ravit Helled
    • Guglielmo Mazzola
    • Ronald Redmer
    Review Article
  • Topological Majorana bound states have potential for encoding, manipulating and protecting quantum information in condensed-matter systems. This Review discusses emergence and characterization of Majorana bound states in realistic devices based on hybrid semiconducting nanowires and their connection to more conventional Andreev bound states.

    • Elsa Prada
    • Pablo San-Jose
    • Leo P. Kouwenhoven
    Review Article
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