An hourglass melts as an illustration of material time.

April issue

This month we discover how light scattering can measure material time, review the prospects for drug design on quantum computers, and examine the links between flat bands and strange metals.


  • A light from a circuit board illuminates a student's hand.

    Using evidence-based approaches to improve the teaching of physics can help students achieve more and improve equity. In this Focus Issue, we survey the current state of this research field.

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  • The mechanism by which two-dimensional materials remain stable at a finite temperature is still under debate. Now, numerical calculations suggest that rotational symmetry is crucial in suppressing anharmonic effects that lead to structural instability.

    • Unai Aseginolaza
    • Josu Diego
    • Ion Errea
  • Active cell contraction drives hole nucleation, fracture and crack propagation in a tissue monolayer through a process reminiscent of dewetting thin films.

    • Jian-Qing Lv
    • Peng-Cheng Chen
    • Bo Li
  • Many recent experiments have stored quantum information in bosonic modes, such as photons in resonators or optical fibres. Now an adaptation of the classical spherical codes provides a framework for designing quantum error correcting codes for these platforms.

    • Shubham P. Jain
    • Joseph T. Iosue
    • Victor V. Albert
A simulated speckle pattern created when white light passes through a thin, multiply scattering medium.

Complex optics

Disorder and mode interactions are often treated as sources of noise, but can shape the flow of light in interesting and useful ways.


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