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Volume 17 Issue 8, August 2018

Volume 17 Issue 8

Single-element phase change memory

Monoatomic metallic glasses formed by rapidly quenching Sb films from a molten state are shown to work as phase change materials for memory applications at room temperature.

See Salinga et al. and News & Views by Zhang and Ma.

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  • Editorial |

    Lessons learnt from Horizon 2020 and a determination to become a world-class hub for entrepreneurship form the basis of the European Commission’s ambitious Research and Innovation budget.

News & Views

  • News & Views |

    Monatomic glassy antimony can now be achieved via melt-quenching in a nanoconfined volume in a device setting. In contrast to alloys currently used in phase-change memories, deviation from optimized composition is no longer an issue in this simple material.

    • Wei Zhang
    •  & Evan Ma
  • News & Views |

    Single-particle tracking of nanoparticles dispersed in the cytoplasm of living cells shows that non-specific interactions with the intracellular environment are the major contributors for the anomalous diffusion characteristics of intracellular motion.

    • Matthias Weiss
  • News & Views |

    A paradigm relating ultrahigh piezoelectricity and multiscale inhomogeneous structure in relaxor ferroelectrics emerges from state-of-the-art neutron and X-ray diffuse scattering measurements.

    • Hiroyuki Takenaka
    • , Ilya Grinberg
    •  & Andrew M. Rappe
  • News & Views |

    Angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy of MoS2 doped with Rb atoms unveiled the existence of polarons, whose presence seems to coincide with the onset of superconductivity.

    • Kai Rossnagel
  • News & Views |

    Charge order has been established as a ubiquitous instability of the underdoped copper-oxide superconductors. New investigations reveal that it extends to the overdoped side of the phase diagram, a region otherwise known to host a conventional Fermi liquid state.

    • Jonathan Pelliciari
    •  & Riccardo Comin


  • Perspective |

    This Perspective describes the recent advances in understanding and controlling the properties of single-wall carbon nanotubes as well as the progress towards the fabrication of new electrically driven single-photon sources.

    • X. He
    • , H. Htoon
    •  & C. Voisin


  • Letter |

    Monatomic glasses formed by rapidly quenching Sb films from a molten state are shown to work as phase change materials for memory applications at room temperature.

    • Martin Salinga
    • , Benedikt Kersting
    •  & Abu Sebastian
  • Letter |

    Ultracold atoms can model single-order quantum phases, but coupling of different order parameters has not been shown. Here, this is demonstrated using two optical resonators, facilitating exploration of multiple-order systems such as multiferroics.

    • Andrea Morales
    • , Philip Zupancic
    •  & Tobias Donner


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