Yevgen Kazakov (LPP-ERM/KMS); computed with the TORIC code (M. Brambilla and R. Bilato, IPP-Garching)

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The October issue of Nature Physics features plasma physics, atom interferometry and quantum magnetism.

Latest Research

  • Article |

    Fundamental fingerprints of topological orders may be characterized uniquely and purely by experimental means. Here the authors provide a proof of principle demonstration using interferometric measurement in a two-dimensional lattice system.

    • Zhihuang Luo
    • , Jun Li
    • , Zhaokai Li
    • , Ling-Yan Hung
    • , Yidun Wan
    • , Xinhua Peng
    •  & Jiangfeng Du
  • Article |

    Resonant electron attachment and subsequent dissociation of diatomic molecules is shown to exhibit spatial asymmetry as a consequence of coherent excitation and subsequent interference between reaction pathways.

    • E. Krishnakumar
    • , Vaibhav S. Prabhudesai
    •  & Nigel J. Mason
  • Letter |

    In nanoscale electronic circuits, controlling the flow of heat is essential. A demonstration of a heat Coulomb blockade arising from thermal many-body effects shows that thermal transport follows distinct rules in the quantum regime.

    • E. Sivre
    • , A. Anthore
    • , F. D. Parmentier
    • , A. Cavanna
    • , U. Gennser
    • , A. Ouerghi
    • , Y. Jin
    •  & F. Pierre
  • Letter |

    Proximity effects enable superconductivity to leak into normal metals. In graphene, a Klein-like tunnelling of superconducting pairs from a high-temperature superconductor allows the proximity effects to be tuned by electric fields.

    • David Perconte
    • , Fabian A. Cuellar
    • , Constance Moreau-Luchaire
    • , Maelis Piquemal-Banci
    • , Regina Galceran
    • , Piran R. Kidambi
    • , Marie-Blandine Martin
    • , Stephan Hofmann
    • , Rozenn Bernard
    • , Bruno Dlubak
    • , Pierre Seneor
    •  & Javier E. Villegas

News & Comment

  • News and Views |

    Dissociating hydrogen gas seems like it should be as easy as pulling apart two identical atoms. But resonant electron-impact experiments reveal that quantum interference induces a fundamental asymmetry in the process.

    • Daniel S. Slaughter
    •  & Thomas N. Rescigno
  • News and Views |

    A state of matter known as a quantum spin liquid has been predicted to host Majorana fermions. Recent neutron scattering and specific heat results add to the growing body of evidence suggesting they exist in the quantum magnet α-RuCl3.

    • Natalia Perkins
  • Commentary |

    The two-way symmetry of electromagnetic wave propagation can be broken effectively in optomechanical systems, enabling new devices that route photons in unconventional ways.

    • Ewold Verhagen
    •  & Andrea Alù
  • Measure for Measure |

    Dimensional analysis is a powerful tool for assessing physical problems, reaffirms Tina Hecksher

    • Tina Hecksher


2017 Nobel Prize in Physics

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2017 Nobel Prize in Physics

We present this Collection of research, review and comment from Nature Research to celebrate the award of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics to Rainer Weiss, Barry Barish and Kip Thorne — who are recognized " for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves". The success of LIGO is a testament to their vision, ingenuity and sheer perseverance for several decades.

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