A Diatomic Molecule is One Atom too Few

April 24, 2017

The successful laser cooling of a triatomic molecule paves the way towards the study of ultracold polyatomic molecules.

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Ivan Kozyryev et al.
Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 173201 (2017)


Germanium Revived from the Spintronics Graveyard

April 21, 2017

Germanium produces a surprisingly large separation of electron spins in response to electric current—good news for spin-based devices, since germanium is highly compatible with silicon.

Focus story on:
F. Bottegoni et al.
Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 167402 (2017)


Detector-Independent Verification of Quantum Light

Criteria are formulated and experimentally verified for optical measurement schemes that probe nonclassical properties of light and are independent of the detector architecture used.

J. Sperling et al.
Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 163602 (2017)


Mass-Discrepancy Acceleration Relation: A Natural Outcome of Galaxy Formation in Cold Dark Matter Halos

Analysis of the acceleration profiles of galaxies identified in simulations of a cold dark matter universe confirms a previous finding that total acceleration correlates strongly with the baryonic acceleration in rotationally supported galaxies.

Aaron D. Ludlow et al.
Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 161103 (2017)


Multifaceted Quadruplet of Low-Lying Spin-Zero States in Ni66: Emergence of Shape Isomerism in Light Nuclei

Shape isomers are measured in 66Ni, the lightest nuclei to date in which this behavior has been observed.

S. Leoni et al.
Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 162502 (2017)


Turning up the Ringdown

April 20, 2017

Stacking up gravitational-wave “ringdown” signals from a set of black hole mergers increases the sensitivity of the signals to black hole properties.

Synopsis on:
Huan Yang et al.
Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 161101 (2017)


Diffusion Geometry Unravels the Emergence of Functional Clusters in Collective Phenomena

April 20, 2017

Benchmark network of 128 oscillators, organized into four clusters, for numerical simulation of synchronization dynamics and the emergence of functional clusters.

Manlio De Domenico
Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 168301 (2017)


Emergence of Huge Negative Spin-Transfer Torque in Atomically Thin Co layers

Experiments on ultrathin magnetic films show that spin-transfer torque has a much larger effect on spin transport than previously thought. This finding indicates a new way to manipulate magnetic domain walls in these materials.

Soong-Geun Je et al.
Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 167205 (2017)


First Results from Space Station Cosmic Ray Detector

In April 2013, the AMS Collaboration reported the first results for their detector aboard the International Space Station. Their highly anticipated data,18 years in the making, confirmed the previous indications of an unexpected excess in the positron fraction of high energy cosmic rays—more than one positron for every ten electrons.

First result from the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer on the International Space Station: Precision measurement of the positron fraction in primary cosmic rays of 0.5–350 GeV
M. Aguilar et al. (AMS Collaboration)
Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 141102 (2013)


Neutrons On-Demand from Laser Fusion

April 19, 2017

A new laser-driven fusion method could lead to a robust and efficient way to generate neutrons for use in materials science, geology, and other fields.

Synopsis on:
G. Ren et al.
Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 165001 (2017)


Environmentally Mediated Coherent Control of a Spin Qubit in Diamond

The state of a diamond nitrogen-vacancy spin qubit is controlled by resonances with neighboring spins, offering a new way to control spin qubits.

Scott E. Lillie et al.
Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 167204 (2017)


Topological Subspace-Induced Bound State in the Continuum

A new theory shows that symmetry-protected topological properties can survive in a system when the symmetry is broken, something that was previously thought to be impossible.

Yi-Xin Xiao, Guancong Ma, Zhao-Qing Zhang, and C. T. Chan
Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 166803 (2017)


Atom Interferometers Warm Up

April 17, 2017

Researchers have demonstrated an atom interferometer based on a warm vapor, rather than on a cold atomic gas.

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G. W. Biedermann et al.
Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 163601 (2017)


Welcoming Hugues Chaté to Physical Review Letters

Editor in Chief Pierre Meystre welcomes Hugues Chaté as the new Lead Editor of PRL. Chaté looks ahead to the initiatives he has in mind for the journal in the coming months.

Editorial: Welcoming Hugues Chaté to Physical Review Letters
Pierre Meystre
Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 140001 (2017)

Editorial: Looking Ahead
Hugues Chaté
Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 140002 (2017)


Heating up of Superconductors

January 27, 2017

This collection marks the 30th anniversary of the discovery of high-temperature superconductors. The papers selected highlight some of the advances that have been made to date, both in understanding why these compounds behave in the way they do, and in utilizing them in applications. The papers included in the collection have been made free to read.

Current Issue

Vol. 118, Iss. 17 — 28 April 2017

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Physics Next Workshops
March 20, 2017

The American Physical Society is initiating a new series of international workshops. These Physics Next workshops will be aimed at fostering new and emerging areas of physics research, focusing on topics that straddle traditional subject boundaries and are starting to “emerge from the noise.”

The first workshop is titled “Physics Next: Materials Design and Discovery,” and will take place on May 15 -17, 2017. More information.


Physical Review Materials Open for Submissions
April 4, 2017

APS is now accepting submissions for Physical Review Materials, the newest member of the Physical Review family of journals. PRMaterials expands the scope of the existing APS journals beyond their current emphasis on the physics of materials and will begin publishing mid-2017.

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April 26
Batavia, IL

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Non-Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics
May 8- 9
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May 14-19
San Jose, CA

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Physical Approaches to Biological Active Matter
June 1- 3
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil

Hugues Chaté

International Conference on Biological Physics
June 5- 9
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Hugues Chaté

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