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November issue

This month we reflect on this year's Nobel Prize in Physics, admire charge mosaics in dielectrics, and measure the width of a Higgs boson.


  • Complex optics insight

    Disorder and mode interactions are often treated as sources of noise, but can shape the flow of light in interesting and useful ways. This Insight reviews the fundamental physics and broad applications of optics in disordered and multimodal media.

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    • Spin ices have magnetic moments arranged on a lattice with many possible ground-state configurations. Quantum effects can ‘melt’ the spin ice into a liquid that fails to form static order even at absolute zero despite strong interactions.

      • Vivien S. Zapf
      • Minseong Lee
      • Priscila F. S. Rosa
      News & Views
    • A clever experiment with a photonic circuit has realized three-dimensional non-Abelian quantum behaviour — introducing an experimental testbed for field and gauge theories.

      • Andrew G. White
      News & Views
    • Manipulating the chirality of electron vortices using attosecond metrology allows the clocking of continuum–continuum transitions, bringing the dream of time-resolved quantum physics a little closer.

      • Jean Marcel Ngoko Djiokap
      News & Views
    • Elasticity-driven synchronization in active solids has been predicted theoretically and was recently realized in a synthetic system. A biological realization is now demonstrated in a bacterial biofilm.

      • Japinder Nijjer
      • Tal Cohen
      • Jing Yan
      News & Views
    • The performance of computing devices is determined by the implementation of logical operations at the hardware level. A quantum AND gate designed using three energy levels of a superconducting circuit may speed up quantum computing algorithms.

      • Zhang Jiang
      News & Views
  • There is an urgent need to rethink the Nobel Prize in Physics in the light of the climate crisis. As expressed by its founder, the award should acknowledge research that addresses pressing challenges for humanity.

    • Doris Vollmer
    • Roland J.-R. Bednarz
    • Beatrice Bednarz
  • The 2022 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded “for experiments with entangled photons, establishing the violation of Bell inequalities and pioneering quantum information science”, a long-anticipated topic for the prize.

  • Units of length have come a long way: from countless local variants to standardized measures. Peter Sidaway looks back at some milestones.

    • Peter Sidaway
    Measure for Measure
Feynman diagrams that contribute to the production of the Higgs boson form the number ten.

The Higgs boson discovery turns ten

The discovery of the Higgs boson was announced ten years ago on the 4th of July 2012 — an event that substantially advanced our understanding of the origin of elementary particles’ masses.


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