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  • Editorial |

    In July 2012, the discovery of a particle “compatible with the Higgs boson” was announced at CERN. To mark the anniversary, here are ten books — in no particular order — about the physics, the discovery, the people and the technology that made it possible.

  • News & Views |

    Coherent multi-octave mid-infrared waveforms are created and manipulated by cascaded intrapulse difference-frequency generation, demonstrating absolute phase control, and adding to the growing arsenal of techniques for arbitrary light-wave control.

    • Jeffrey Moses
    •  & Shu-Wei Huang
    Nature Photonics 16, 481-482
  • News & Views |

    Giant exciton–polaritons come to the scene from a thin Cu2O crystal sandwiched by a microcavity. Their anticipated strong interactions may facilitate the development of a promising Rydberg solid-state platform for quantum technologies.

    • HeeBong Yang
    •  & Na Young Kim
    Nature Materials 21, 736-737