Browse Articles

  • Article |

    A liquid droplet is shown to slide across a solid surface subject to friction forces analogous with those between two solids. The phenomenon is generic, and closes a gap in our understanding of liquid–solid friction.

    • Nan Gao
    • , Florian Geyer
    • , Dominik W. Pilat
    • , Sanghyuk Wooh
    • , Doris Vollmer
    • , Hans-Jürgen Butt
    •  & Rüdiger Berger
  • Article |

    A tracing of the phase-ordering kinetics of a charge density wave system demonstrates the potential of ultrafast low-energy electron diffraction for studying phase transitions and ordering phenomena at surfaces and in low-dimensional systems.

    • S. Vogelgesang
    • , G. Storeck
    • , J. G. Horstmann
    • , T. Diekmann
    • , M. Sivis
    • , S. Schramm
    • , K. Rossnagel
    • , S. Schäfer
    •  & C. Ropers
  • Article |

    A significant enhancement in the effective mass of Dirac-like quasiparticles residing near a nodal loop in the electronic band structure provides evidence for strong correlation effects in a topological semimetal.

    • S. Pezzini
    • , M. R. van Delft
    • , L. M. Schoop
    • , B. V. Lotsch
    • , A. Carrington
    • , M. I. Katsnelson
    • , N. E. Hussey
    •  & S. Wiedmann
  • Editorial |

    The 2017 Nobel prize in Physics has been awarded to Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne “for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves”.

  • Commentary |

    The validity of our scientific descriptions of reality does not hinge on their emergence from a more fundamental theory.

    • George Ellis
    •  & David Sloan
  • Measure for Measure |

    Wonder material graphene makes metrology practical and relaxed, says Andre Geim.

    • Andre Geim
  • Letter |

    The intensity correlations in incoherently scattered X-rays from a free-electron laser can be exploited to image 2D objects with a resolution close to or below the diffraction limit.

    • Raimund Schneider
    • , Thomas Mehringer
    • , Giuseppe Mercurio
    • , Lukas Wenthaus
    • , Anton Classen
    • , Günter Brenner
    • , Oleg Gorobtsov
    • , Adrian Benz
    • , Daniel Bhatti
    • , Lars Bocklage
    • , Birgit Fischer
    • , Sergey Lazarev
    • , Yuri Obukhov
    • , Kai Schlage
    • , Petr Skopintsev
    • , Jochen Wagner
    • , Felix Waldmann
    • , Svenja Willing
    • , Ivan Zaluzhnyy
    • , Wilfried Wurth
    • , Ivan A. Vartanyants
    • , Ralf Röhlsberger
    •  & Joachim von Zanthier
  • Letter |

    A study of the strong coupling of different exciton species in two-dimensional molybdenum diselenide in a cavity uncovers the rich many-body physics and may lead to new devices.

    • S. Dhara
    • , C. Chakraborty
    • , K. M. Goodfellow
    • , L. Qiu
    • , T. A. O’Loughlin
    • , G. W. Wicks
    • , Subhro Bhattacharjee
    •  & A. N. Vamivakas
  • Review |

    This Review surveys the electronic properties of quantum materials through the prism of the electron wavefunction, and examines how its entanglement and topology give rise to a rich variety of quantum states and phases.

    • B. Keimer
    •  & J. E. Moore
  • Article |

    Experimental study of the Kondo insulator SmB6 provides an alternative route to realize a Fermi surface in the absence of a conventional Fermi liquid.

    • M. Hartstein
    • , W. H. Toews
    • , Y.-T. Hsu
    • , B. Zeng
    • , X. Chen
    • , M. Ciomaga Hatnean
    • , Q. R. Zhang
    • , S. Nakamura
    • , A. S. Padgett
    • , G. Rodway-Gant
    • , J. Berk
    • , M. K. Kingston
    • , G. H. Zhang
    • , M. K. Chan
    • , S. Yamashita
    • , T. Sakakibara
    • , Y. Takano
    • , J.-H. Park
    • , L. Balicas
    • , N. Harrison
    • , N. Shitsevalova
    • , G. Balakrishnan
    • , G. G. Lonzarich
    • , R. W. Hill
    • , M. Sutherland
    •  & Suchitra E. Sebastian
  • Article |

    The simplest lattice model that allows the investigation of superconductivity with attractive interactions is realized using ultracold quantum gas. The experimental observation provides a lower bound on the strength of s-wave pairing correlations.

    • Debayan Mitra
    • , Peter T. Brown
    • , Elmer Guardado-Sanchez
    • , Stanimir S. Kondov
    • , Trithep Devakul
    • , David A. Huse
    • , Peter Schauß
    •  & Waseem S. Bakr
  • Letter |

    A scanning tunnelling microscopy study of an intercalated iron selenide-based superconductor reveals a sign change in its superconducting gap function, providing indirect evidence for the origin of the pairing mechanism in this system.

    • Zengyi Du
    • , Xiong Yang
    • , Dustin Altenfeld
    • , Qiangqiang Gu
    • , Huan Yang
    • , Ilya Eremin
    • , Peter J. Hirschfeld
    • , Igor I. Mazin
    • , Hai Lin
    • , Xiyu Zhu
    •  & Hai-Hu Wen
  • Article |

    Topological defects in a turbulent active nematic on a toroidal surface are shown to segregate in regions of opposite curvature. Simulations suggest that this behaviour may be controlled — or even suppressed — by tuning the level of activity.

    • Perry W. Ellis
    • , Daniel J. G. Pearce
    • , Ya-Wen Chang
    • , Guillermo Goldsztein
    • , Luca Giomi
    •  & Alberto Fernandez-Nieves
  • Article |

    Fundamental fingerprints of topological orders may be characterized uniquely and purely by experimental means. Here the authors provide a proof of principle demonstration using interferometric measurement in a two-dimensional lattice system.

    • Zhihuang Luo
    • , Jun Li
    • , Zhaokai Li
    • , Ling-Yan Hung
    • , Yidun Wan
    • , Xinhua Peng
    •  & Jiangfeng Du
  • Article |

    Resonant electron attachment and subsequent dissociation of diatomic molecules is shown to exhibit spatial asymmetry as a consequence of coherent excitation and subsequent interference between reaction pathways.

    • E. Krishnakumar
    • , Vaibhav S. Prabhudesai
    •  & Nigel J. Mason