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May issue

This month we feature an Insight on cold and ultracold molecules, and examine burning plasmas and fuel gain exceeding unity in direct-drive inertial confinement fusion.


  • Artistic schematic of two atoms forming a molecule.

    This Insight issue celebrates and reviews recent progress in the generation and study of cold and ultracold molecules and ions for applications in quantum simulation, metrology and chemistry.

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  • Although manipulation of objects using light and sound waves is an established technique, it has so far been confined to static environments. Iterative tailoring of acoustic far fields now allows control of objects in disordered and dynamic media.

    • Bakhtiyar Orazbayev
    • Matthieu Malléjac
    • Romain Fleury
    ArticleOpen Access
  • Mechanical modes promise applications in continuous-variable quantum information processing, but only if the final two elements—squeezing and nonlinearity—are achieved. Experiments with an oscillator coupled to a transmon qubit now achieve this.

    • Stefano Marti
    • Uwe von Lüpke
    • Matteo Fadel
    ArticleOpen Access
  • Timeliness is a crucial property for the optimal functioning of socio-technical systems where delays can propagate. Now it is shown that a stylized model of delay propagation on temporal networks shows a phase transition that can trigger avalanches.

    • José Moran
    • Matthijs Romeijnders
    • Jean-Philippe Bouchaud
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