November issue

This month's issue features a breakthrough in the long-standing puzzle of photon-nucleon interactions, a spotlight on African scientists, and a celebration of the 2021 Nobel prize in physics.


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  • Information theory sets an upper limit on the ability of bacteria to navigate up chemical gradients. Experiments reveal that cells do so at speeds within a factor of two of the limit, suggesting they are selected to efficiently use information.

    • H. H. Mattingly
    • K. Kamino
    • T. Emonet
  • A search for axion-like dark matter with a quantum sensor that enhances potential signals is reported. This work constrains the parameter space of different interactions between nucleons and axion-like particles and between nucleons and dark photons.

    • Min Jiang
    • Haowen Su
    • Dmitry Budker
  • Active fluids exhibit properties reminiscent of equilibrium systems when their degrees of freedom are statistically decoupled. A theory for the fluctuating hydrodynamics of these fluids offers a probe of their anomalous transport coefficients.

    • Ming Han
    • Michel Fruchart
    • Vincenzo Vitelli
    • Superconductivity and ordered states formed by interactions—both of which could be unconventional—have recently been observed in a family of kagome materials.

      • Titus Neupert
      • M. Michael Denner
      • M. Zahid Hasan
    • Solitary waves — solitons — occur in a wide range of physical systems with a broad array of attributes and applications. Carefully engineered light–matter interactions have now produced an optomechanical dissipative soliton with promising properties.

      • Alessia Pasquazi
      News & Views
    • Charge density waves are the periodic spatial modulation of electrons in a solid. A new experiment reveals that they can originate from two different electronic bands in a prototypical transition metal dichalcogenide, NbSe2.

      • Young-Woo Son
      News & Views
    • To test the validity of theoretical models, the predictions they make must be compared with experimental data. Instead of choosing one model out of many to describe mass measurements of zirconium, Bayesian statistics allows the averaging of a variety of models.

      • Alessandro Pastore
      News & Views
    • The detailed structure of each atomic species determines what physics can be achieved with ultracold gases. This review discusses the exciting applications that follow from lanthanides’ complex electronic structure.

      • Matthew A. Norcia
      • Francesca Ferlaino
      Review Article
European Strategy for Particle Physics

European Strategy for Particle Physics

The European Strategy for Particle Physics is the decision-making process underpinning the long-term future of particle physics in Europe. This Focus issue outlines the main proposals under consideration for the 2020 update to the strategy.

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