October issue

This month we look at topological frequency combs, we review the physics of higher-order interactions in complex systems, and we consider the changing funding landscape of nuclear fusion.


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    • It has long been assumed that the quantum statistics of light are preserved when photons interact with plasmons. An analysis of the scattering process shows that this is not always the case, as light can mix and match different plasmonic pathways.

      • Mark Tame
      News & Views
    • Most systems exhibiting topological superconductivity are artificial structures that require precise engineering. Now, a layered material shows tantalizing signs of the phenomenon.

      • Jose L. Lado
      • Peter Liljeroth
      News & Views
    • Molecular spin qubits that can be controlled electrically are typically susceptible to decoherence. Holmium molecular spins provide a solution by combining robust coherence with strong spin–electric coupling.

      • Roberta Sessoli
      News & Views
    • At high pressure and temperature, water forms two crystalline phases, known as hot ‘black’ ices due to their partial opaqueness. A detailed characterization of these phases may explain magnetic field formation in giant icy planets like Neptune.

      • Simone Anzellini
      News & Views
    • Integrating quantum technology with existing telecom infrastructure is hampered by a mismatch in operating frequencies. An optomechanical resonator now offers a strain-mediated spin–photon interface for long-distance quantum networks.

      • Lilian Childress
      • Jack Sankey
      News & Views
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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