Articles in 2016

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    • Abigail Klopper
    Research Highlights
  • Direct satellite observations of energy transfer between large and small space plasma scales contribute to our understanding of how matter in the Universe gets hot.

    • Alessandro Retinò
    News & Views
  • Every now and then, an extra second is added to an earthly year — a cause for trouble and debate, as Felicitas Arias has been witnessing.

    • Felicitas Arias
    Measure for Measure
  • Elementary particles are the building blocks of matter, but there is also a zoo of quasiparticles that are crucial for understanding how this matter behaves.

  • Quasiparticles are an extremely useful concept that provides a more intuitive understanding of complex phenomena in many-body physics. As such, they appear in various contexts, linking ideas across different fields and supplying a common language.

    • Liesbeth Venema
    • Bart Verberck
    • Luke Fleet
  • Single atoms on a surface can be useful in spintronics applications, but their spin lifetime is limited by relaxation. By cleverly employing an STM tip, one can probe the spin dynamics and disentangle different effects leading to relaxation.

    • William Paul
    • Kai Yang
    • Andreas J. Heinrich
  • Without a very precise timer one can never catch up with the electron released in photoemission. Attosecond streaking spectroscopy allows such a chronometer clock to be set to zero and reveals the role of electron correlations.

    • Francesca Calegari
    News & Views
  • High-harmonic generation in a solid turns out to be sensitive to the interatomic bonding — a very useful feature that could enable the all-optical imaging of the interatomic potential.

    • Yong Sing You
    • David A. Reis
    • Shambhu Ghimire
  • When deforming snow slowly, it resists. But when applying a deformation rapidly, it gives in more easily. Experiments now reveal propagating deformation bands and the localization of strain in compressed snow — both natural and artificial.

    • Thomas W. Barraclough
    • Jane R. Blackford
    • Michael Zaiser
  • Low-mass stars form through a process known as disk accretion, eating up material that orbits in a disk around them. It turns out that the same mechanism also describes the formation of more massive stars.

    • Simone Scaringi
    News & Views
  • A connection between low crystalline symmetry and the allowed symmetries of the current-induced torques generated through the spin–orbit interaction opens up their use in devices with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy.

    • Hidekazu Kurebayashi
    News & Views
  • High-resolution scanning tunnelling microscopy measurements show that chains of magnetic atoms on the surface of a superconductor provide a promising platform for realizing and manipulating Majorana fermion quasiparticles.

    • Benjamin E. Feldman
    • Mallika T. Randeria
    • Ali Yazdani