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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 »

Biological Physics

Focus: Physical Model of Skull Growth

A model predicts skull growth patterns based on mechanical effects, rather than biology, and could help surgeons treating patients with head growth problems. Read More »

Quantum Physics

Synopsis: Solving Many-Body Problems with a Quantum Microscope

A microscope that images the momenta of atoms in a Bose-Einstein condensate could solve quantum many-body problems. Read More »

Optics

Synopsis: Coupled Solitons Jiggle Like Molecules

Pairs of solitons traveling in an optical fiber behave like a vibrating molecule. Read More »

Magnetism

Viewpoint: Closing in on a Magnetic Analog of Liquid Crystals

Nuclear magnetic resonance measurements strengthen the case that spins in a copper oxide exhibit nematic order similar to that found in liquid crystals. Read More »

Atomic and Molecular Physics

Focus: Interferometer for Lighter Atoms

A new atom interferometer works at less extreme temperatures and with lighter atoms than previous designs, opening up a new route to precision measurements of fundamental constants. Read More »

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