Quantum fluids and solids

Quantum fluids and solids are substances in which the interaction between the constituent atoms or molecules is governed by the laws of quantum mechanics. The properties of these materials are strongly influenced by the motion of atoms even in their lowest energy state, known as zero-point motion.

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  • Research Highlights |

    Calculations show that contrary to the commonly accepted idea, sound waves carry a tiny negative mass and create a gravitational field that is associated with it.

    • Anastasiia Novikova
  • News and Views |

    Applications of spintronics often require angular momentum to be moved from place to place. A possible observation of spin superfluidity may point the way toward the transport of spin angular momentum across an insulating sample with no dissipation or energy loss.

    • Joshua Folk
    Nature Physics 14, 877-878
  • News and Views |

    Enabled by recent advances in symmetry and electronic structure, researchers have observed signatures of unconventional threefold degeneracies in tungsten carbide, challenging a longstanding paradigm in nodal semimetals.

    • Benjamin J. Wieder
    Nature Physics 14, 329-330
  • Comments and Opinion |

    Specialized imaging methods are now available to measure the quantum properties of materials with high sensitivity and resolution. These techniques are key to the design, synthesis and understanding of materials with exotic functionalities.

    • Kathryn Ann Moler
    Nature Materials 16, 1049-1052
  • News and Views |

    A state of matter known as a quantum spin liquid has been predicted to host Majorana fermions. Recent neutron scattering and specific heat results add to the growing body of evidence suggesting they exist in the quantum magnet α-RuCl3.

    • Natalia Perkins
    Nature Physics 13, 1041-1042