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Optics

Focus: Image—Honeycomb Diffraction

Predictions of diffraction patterns for honeycomb photonic crystals were part of a comprehensive study of these structures that may be useful in nanoscale photonic devices. Read More »

Magnetism

Synopsis: Sensing Earthly Magnetic Fields

An organic material’s resistance changes measurably in weak magnetic fields, with a sensitivity similar to that of migrating birds. Read More »

Astrophysics

Synopsis: Laser Stars Under the Lens

Raman scattering could contaminate astronomical observations that use artificial, laser-generated “stars” to correct for the effect of atmospheric turbulence. Read More »

FEATURE

Meetings: Majoranas in Majorca

Against a backdrop of warm beaches and palm trees, physicists deliberated over Majorana states in solids and whether they are “ready for braiding.” Read More »

Quantum Information

Viewpoint: A Roadmap for a Scalable Topological Quantum Computer

A team of experimentalists and theorists proposes a scalable protocol for quantum computation based on topological superconductors. Read More »

Optics

Synopsis: Rupture of a Photon Dam

High-intensity photon beams exhibit behavior reminiscent of water flowing after a dam collapses. Read More »

COLLECTION

Collection: Spotlight on Materials

To celebrate the launch of the newest APS journal, Physical Review Materials, Physics presents a collection of stories that highlight results from materials research published in APS journals over the past decade. Read More »

Materials Science

Synopsis: Powering up Magnetization

New theoretical work identifies a dynamic form of multiferroic behavior, in which a time-varying electric polarization induces magnetization in a material. Read More »

Nuclear Physics

Viewpoint: Getting to the Bottom of an Antineutrino Anomaly

The Daya Bay Collaboration reports that sterile neutrinos probably aren’t behind a puzzling deficit in detected antineutrinos at nuclear reactors. Read More »

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