Articles in 2013

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  • Nature Physics is now available in an iPad app.

  • Funding schemes are set to promote the transfer of lab research into marketable technology.

  • Superfluid ultracold gases in designer potentials are analogous to superconducting electronic circuits. The study of these systems refines our understanding of flow and dissipation in quantum fluids, and has applications for inertial sensing and metrology.

    • Mark Edwards
    News & Views
  • An all-optical method to measure the space–time characteristics of an isolated attosecond pulse, without temporal and spatial averaging, is now demonstrated. The approach will provide further insight into the generation of ultrafast light, and may possibly be used to finely control the pulse characteristics.

    • Kyung Taec Kim
    • Chunmei Zhang
    • P. B. Corkum
  • A quantum phase transition from an antiferromagnetic to a ferromagnetic state is now measured in graphene bilayers. This observation supports the idea that bilayer graphene can sustain counter-propagating spin-polarized edge modes in analogy to the quantum spin Hall effect seen in topological insulators.

    • P. Maher
    • C. R. Dean
    • P. Kim
  • Controllable quantum systems can be used to emulate intractable quantum many-body problems, but such simulators remain an experimental challenge. Nuclear spins on a diamond surface promise an improved large-scale quantum simulator operating at room temperature.

    • Jianming Cai
    • Alex Retzker
    • Martin B. Plenio
  • In superconductors spin and charge can be completely decoupled leading to unusual transport phenomena, such as nearly chargeless spin flow.

    • Nadya Mason
    • Martin Stehno
    News & Views
  • The Efimov effect is a universal phenomenon displaying an infinite tower of three-body bound states. Recently it was observed in an ultracold atomic gas, and now Efimov physics has been predicted to exist in a quantum magnet.

    • Yusuke Nishida
    • Yasuyuki Kato
    • Cristian D. Batista
  • Techniques for understanding how a system responds to an infinitesimal perturbation are well developed — but what happens when the kick gets stronger? Insight into the topology of phase space may now provide the answer.

    • Avi Gozolchiani
    • Shlomo Havlin
    News & Views