Browse Articles

  • Article |

    Bacterial biofilms can transition from a surface-bound collective to form vertical clusters. The length-dependent mechanism revealed here triggers avalanches of cooperative reorientation that culminate in verticalization via an inverse domino effect.

    • Farzan Beroz
    • , Jing Yan
    • , Yigal Meir
    • , Benedikt Sabass
    • , Howard A. Stone
    • , Bonnie L. Bassler
    •  & Ned S. Wingreen
  • Letter |

    By coupling photons in two distinguishable modes to separate transitions of a single atom, strong correlations between photons are created. The technique makes all-optical switching and sensing possible at the single-photon level.

    • Christoph Hamsen
    • , Karl Nicolas Tolazzi
    • , Tatjana Wilk
    •  & Gerhard Rempe
  • News & 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
  • Letter |

    Spins are transmitted over a distance of 5 μm through a piece of antiferromagnetic graphene. This shows that graphene can be a platform to explore the fundamental physics of spin transport in antiferromagnets for application in spintronics.

    • Petr Stepanov
    • , Shi Che
    • , Dmitry Shcherbakov
    • , Jiawei Yang
    • , Ruoyu Chen
    • , Kevin Thilahar
    • , Greyson Voigt
    • , Marc W. Bockrath
    • , Dmitry Smirnov
    • , Kenji Watanabe
    • , Takashi Taniguchi
    • , Roger K. Lake
    • , Yafis Barlas
    • , Allan H. MacDonald
    •  & Chun Ning Lau
  • Letter |

    Magnetically tunable scattering resonances between strontium and rubidium atoms are observed in an ultracold experiment, opening the door to exploring quantum many-body physics with new designed molecules.

    • Vincent Barbé
    • , Alessio Ciamei
    • , Benjamin Pasquiou
    • , Lukas Reichsöllner
    • , Florian Schreck
    • , Piotr S. Żuchowski
    •  & Jeremy M. Hutson
  • Perspective |

    The addition of nihonium, moscovium, tennessine and oganesson to the periodic table are a reminder of the achievements in nuclear physics and chemistry. Witold Nazarewicz outlines the future challenges for the field.

    • Witold Nazarewicz
  • Measure for Measure |

    Tests of one of the most fundamental theories in physics reveal an issue with the size of the proton — or the Rydberg constant. Thomas Udem explains.

    • Thomas Udem
  • Letter |

    A superlattice consisting of SrIrO3 and SrTiO3 is shown to display a giant response to sub-tesla external magnetic fields—a direct consequence of its antiferromagnetic nature.

    • Lin Hao
    • , D. Meyers
    • , Hidemaro Suwa
    • , Junyi Yang
    • , Clayton Frederick
    • , Tamene R. Dasa
    • , Gilberto Fabbris
    • , Lukas Horak
    • , Dominik Kriegner
    • , Yongseong Choi
    • , Jong-Woo Kim
    • , Daniel Haskel
    • , Philip J. Ryan
    • , Haixuan Xu
    • , Cristian D. Batista
    • , M. P. M. Dean
    •  & Jian Liu
  • Editorial |

    US nuclear diplomacy appears to be entering a turbulent phase. Although their voice is currently sidelined by geopolitical events, physicists have a duty to speak up.

  • News & Views |

    Energy levels in superconducting quantum devices are highly sensitive to charge fluctuations. Generally, this is considered a bug, but new work transforms this sensitivity into the defining feature of a novel device.

    • Leonid Glazman
  • News & Views |

    Magnetic tweezer measurements have revealed the forces associated with a star-shaped structure responsible for moving the sperm nucleus to the centre of the egg cell following fertilization.

    • Carlos Garzon-Coral
    •  & Jonathon Howard