Quantum physics

Definition

Quantum physics is the study of matter and energy at its most fundamental level. A central tenet of quantum physics is that energy comes in indivisible packets called quanta. Quanta behave very differently to macroscopic matter: particles can behave like waves, and waves behave as though they are particles.

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  • News and Views |

    The simulation of strongly correlated quantum phases using ultracold atoms in optical lattices was first proposed 20 years ago. In the wake of that pioneering idea, quantum simulations are now widely pursued in experiments across the world.

    • Immanuel Bloch
    Nature Physics 14, 1159–1161
  • Comments and Opinion |

    Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies will founder unless they integrate quantum technologies, warn Aleksey K. Fedorov, Evgeniy O. Kiktenko and Alexander I. Lvovsky.

    • Aleksey K. Fedorov
    • , Evgeniy O. Kiktenko
    •  & Alexander I. Lvovsky
    Nature 563, 465–467
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    Measurements of the strength of interactions between the Higgs boson and other particles test the current model of particle physics. A key part of this model has been confirmed by observing the most common decay of the Higgs boson.

    • Boris Tuchming
    Nature 564, 46–47
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    Understanding the dynamics of quantum systems far from equilibrium is one of the most pressing issues in physics. Three experiments based on ultracold atomic systems provide a major step forward.

    • Michael Kolodrubetz
    Nature 563, 191–192