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Nature Physics offers a unique mix of news and reviews alongside top-quality research papers. Published monthly, in print and online, the journal reflects the entire spectrum of physics, pure and applied.


A statement about data


Nature Physics now requires its published papers to include information on whether and how their underlying data are accessible to others.

In defence of METI


Statistical physics: Localization goes long


Signatures of many-body localization have been observed in a one-dimensional chain of trapped ions, heralding new studies of the interplay between localization and long-range interactions.

Two-dimensional materials: Heavy going


Chiral symmetry breaking is imaged in graphene which, through a mechanism analogous to mass generation in quantum electrodynamics, could provide a means for making it semiconducting.

Quantum hydrodynamics: Acoustic Hawking radiation


A milestone for quantum hydrodynamics may have been reached, with experiments on a black hole-like event horizon for sound waves providing strong evidence for a sonic analogue of Hawking radiation.

Spin–orbit coupling: Ready for a close-up


Rashba spin–orbit coupling has already provided fertile physics and applications in spintronics but real-space imaging shows how the strength of this interaction varies on the nanoscale.

Fluid dynamics: How water explodes


Micro-explosions triggered by the absorption of X-ray laser light in drops and jets of water result in shock waves and in rapid heating and expansion of the liquid — as now revealed in state-of-the-art experiments.

The physics of spreading processes in multilayer networks


Reshaping network theory to describe the multilayered structures of the real world has formed a focus in complex networks research in recent years. Progress in our understanding of dynamical processes is but one of the fruits of this labour.

Many-body localization in a quantum simulator with programmable random disorder


Interacting quantum systems are expected to thermalize, but in some situations in the presence of disorder they can exist in localized states instead. This many-body localization is studied experimentally in a small system with programmable disorder.

Fermionic response from fractionalization in an insulating two-dimensional magnet


An intriguing state of matter known as a quantum spin liquid has been predicted to host Majorana fermions. A detailed theoretical and numerical analysis re-interprets existing Raman data for α-RuCl3 and uncovers direct evidence of a fermionic response.

Scaling between magnetic field and temperature in the high-temperature superconductor BaFe2(As1−xPx)2


The linear change in resistance with temperature in high-temperature superconductors is an enduring mystery. And now, the resistance in a magnetic field shows similar scaling, suggesting that physicists have another probe of the linear behaviour.

Probing variations of the Rashba spin–orbit coupling at the nanometre scale


Scanning tunnelling spectroscopy provides access to the spatial variations in the strength of Rashba spin–orbit coupling in a two-dimensional electron system, with local fluctuations shown to cause spin dephasing.

Elastic instability-mediated actuation by a supra-molecular polymer


The elastic energy built up during peptide self-assembly is exploited in the realization of a microactuator. The energy stored is released on millisecond timescales via a buckling instability controlled with droplet microfluidics.

Dynamics of prey prehension by chameleons through viscous adhesion


Chameleons rely on strong adhesion to manoeuvre prey with their tongues at high speeds across distances up to twice their body length. A large contact area and high mucus viscosity are shown to engender an efficient capture mechanism.

Topological semimetals with helicoid surface states


A detailed theoretical and numerical study demonstrates a connection between the electronic structure of topological semimetals and Riemann surfaces.

Physical realization of a quantum spin liquid based on a complex frustration mechanism


A detailed and systematic study of Ca10Cr7O28 reveals all the hallmarks of spin-liquid behaviour, in spite of the compound’s unusually complex structure.

Imaging chiral symmetry breaking from Kekulé bond order in graphene


Scanning tunnelling microscopy shows how the interaction between electrons in graphene and atomic vacancies in a copper substrate produces Kekulé ordering — an electronic phase that breaks chiral symmetry.

Observation of quantum Hawking radiation and its entanglement in an analogue black hole


Hawking radiation is observed emanating from an analogue black hole, with measurements of the entanglement between the pairs of particles inside and outside the hole offering tantalizing insights into the field of black hole thermodynamics.

Liquid explosions induced by X-ray laser pulses


X-ray-induced explosions in water drops, examined using time-resolved imaging, show interacting high-speed liquid and vapour flows. This type of X-ray absorption dynamics is predictable and may be used for inducing particular dynamical liquid states.

Time reversal and holography with spacetime transformations


Using a water bath subject to a sudden vertical jolt — representing a change in the effective gravity — researchers demonstrate the concept of a ‘time mirror’, where time-reversed waves return to their point source following a downward jolt.

Explaining the dynamics of the ultra-relativistic third Van Allen radiation belt


The appearance of a third radiation belt in the Earth’s Van Allen belts is difficult to explain using existing models for two belts. However, a model based on ultra-low-frequency waves agrees quantitatively with measurements of the third belt.

A tale of two masses


The most precise measurements of the atomic masses of the proton and the electron make use of Penning traps, and for the latter, a hydrogen-like ion, as Edmund Myers explains.