Physicists are drowning in a flood of research papers in their own fields and coping with an even larger deluge in other areas of physics. How can an active researcher stay informed about the most important developments in physics?
Physics highlights a selection of papers from the Physical Review journals. In consultation with expert scientists, the editors choose these papers for their importance and/or intrinsic interest.
To highlight these papers, Physics features three kinds of articles: Viewpoints are commentaries written by active researchers, who are asked to explain the results to physicists in other subfields. Focus stories are written by professional science writers in a journalistic style and are intended to be accessible to students and non-experts. Synopses are brief editor-written summaries.
Physics provides a much-needed guide to the best in physics, and we welcome your comments (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- The Editors
Jessica Thomas, Editor
Jessica Thomas received her Ph.D. in physics at MIT in 2002. She held a post-doc (2003 to 2004) and later a staff position (2005 to 2006) at Brookhaven National Laboratory in the x-ray scattering group of the Condensed Matter and Materials Science Department, where she used "soft" x rays to study magnetic and orbital order in manganites. From 2006 to 2008, she worked in London and New York as part of Nature Nanotechnology's first editorial team. Jessica joined the American Physical Society in 2008 as an Assistant Editor with Physical Review Letters and to launch Physics. She became Editor of Physics in 2011. She continues to do some freelance science writing -- and the odd piece on her neighborhood in Brooklyn.
Matteo Rini, Deputy Editor
Matteo Rini received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Pavia in 2002 and a Ph.D. in physics from the Humboldt University of Berlin in 2003. He held a post-doc (2004 to 2008) and a scientist position (2009) at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, working on the ultrafast dynamics of correlated electron solids and complex materials. From 2009 to 2012, he worked at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, Institute for Transuranium Elements (2009-2011) and at the Directorate for Climate Action of the European Commission (2011-2012), carrying out both research and science policy activities. Matteo joined the American Physical Society in 2012 as Deputy Editor of Physics and keeps an active interest in supporting the role of science in politics.
David Ehrenstein, Editor of Focus
David Ehrenstein was the founding Editor of Physical Review Focus, an APS web publication that existed for almost 14 years before its content became part of Physics in 2011. He received his Ph.D. in biological physics from the University of Illinois in 1994, working under Hans Frauenfelder on the physics of myoglobin and other proteins. He spent the next three years as a postdoctoral fellow studying the biophysics of the inner ear and as a part-time science writer at the National Institutes of Health. Prior to joining the APS staff, he was an intern at Science magazine, where he wrote research news and science policy articles for the magazine and the ScienceNOW web site. His prior experience also includes a summer stint in 1993 as a radio journalist for Science Update, a nationally broadcast radio program produced by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
David Voss, Contributing Editor
David Voss was the founding Editor of Physics. Prior to joining the American Physical Society, he was a senior editor of Science, where he helped develop the Perspectives commentary section in 1992. From 1986 to 1997, he was responsible for soliciting and handling peer-reviewed manuscripts in physics and related fields. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1981 on interactions of infrared lasers with dense laboratory plasmas, followed by postdoctoral research at Princeton University in ultrafast laser spectroscopy of surfaces and biomolecules. From 1983 to 1985 he was an NRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Optical Sciences division of the Naval Research Laboratory, after which he joined the lab as a staff physicist. As a freelance science writer, his work has appeared in Science, Nature, Wired, Technology Review, Physics World, and New Scientist.