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Volume 2 Issue 2, February 2020

Volume 2 Issue 2

The cover of this issue shows the feeding and swimming currents created by a starfish larva. See William Gilpin et al.

Image: Manu Prakash, Stanford University. Cover design: Charlotte Gurr.


  • Editorial |

    How can physicists reap the benefits of conferences while reducing their environmental impact? New formats, such as online and multisite conferences, may be part of the solution.


  • Comment |

    Knowing which atomic, molecular and optical physics computer code to use and how is a challenge. Andrew Brown surveys the available software packages and discusses how code development practices in academia could be improved.

    • Andrew Brown

Research Highlights

  • Research Highlight |

    Over the next 5 years the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) will be mapping 35 million galaxies and 2.4 million quasars trying to uncover the mystery of dark energy.

    • Iulia Georgescu


  • Research Highlight |

    A PNAS paper presents a neural network of physics publications that can identify trends and provide suggestions for future research directions in quantum physics

    • Ankita Anirban
  • Research Highlight |

    A Nature Physics paper reports a hardware-independent variational quantum algorithm that can be used to verify sampling and characterize unknown physical processes.

    • Iulia Georgescu
  • Research Highlight |

    In December, physicists met in Paris to discuss how to push the limits of what can be measured with quantum sensors and how to keep moving them towards practical applications.

    • Zoe Budrikis


  • Review Article |

    Cilia are hair-like organelles that enable cellular locomotion. This Review considers cilia from a dynamical systems perspective, discussing the nonlinear oscillations seen in the single cilia of microorganisms and the emergent topological phenomena seen in the ciliary arrays of animals.

    • William Gilpin
    • Matthew Storm Bull
    • Manu Prakash

Technical Reviews

Amendments & Corrections


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