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February 2018 Volume 14, Issue 2

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Everyone's a critic    p101



The dynamics of Van Allen belts revisited    pp102 - 103
Yuri Y. Shprits, Richard B. Horne, Adam C. Kellerman & Alexander Y. Drozdov

Reply to 'The dynamics of Van Allen belts revisited'    pp103 - 104
I. R. Mann, L. G. Ozeke, S. K. Morley, K. R. Murphy, S. G. Claudepierre et al.

An early peak in ion channel research    p105
Martin Lindén



Critical response    p106
Mark Buchanan

Books and Arts


Life, the Universe and almost everything    p107
Nina Meinzer & Ross Cloney

Research Highlights


Applied mathematics: The discovery of skewness    p108
Federico Levi

Lasers: Scalable vortices    p108
Jan Philip Kraack

Topological physics: Hot quantum spin Hall effect    p108
David Abergel

Statistical mechanics: Einstein by implication    p108
Andreas H. Trabesinger

Ultra-cold gases: A homogeneous sheet    p108
Yun Li

News and Views


Molecular physics: Breaking up is hard to do    pp109 - 110
Daniel S. Slaughter & Thomas N. Rescigno

Free electrons: Ultrafast laser optical pinball    pp110 - 111
Benoit Chalopin & Arnaud Arbouet

Topological valleytronics: Brought to light    pp111 - 113
Fan Zhang

Cold molecular collisions: Same object, different symmetry    pp113 - 114
Roland Wester

Quantum cryptography: The power of independence    pp114 - 115
Artur Ekert

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Symmetry and emergence    pp116 - 119
Edward Witten



Inelastic ponderomotive scattering of electrons at a high-intensity optical travelling wave in vacuum    pp121 - 125
M. Kozák, T. Eckstein, N. Schönenberger & P. Hommelhoff
Electrons are diffracted by a standing light wave of light, a phenomenon known as the Kapitza–Dirac effect. A generalization of this effect opens perspectives for the manipulation of ultrashort electron wavepackets by intense laser fields.

Quantum imaging with incoherently scattered light from a free-electron laser    pp126 - 129
Raimund Schneider, Thomas Mehringer, Giuseppe Mercurio, Lukas Wenthaus, Anton Classen et al.
The intensity correlations in incoherently scattered X-rays from a free-electron laser can be exploited to image 2D objects with a resolution close to or below the diffraction limit.

Anomalous dispersion of microcavity trion-polaritons    pp130 - 133
S. Dhara, C. Chakraborty, K. M. Goodfellow, L. Qiu, T. A. O’Loughlin et al.
A study of the strong coupling of different exciton species in two-dimensional molybdenum diselenide in a cavity uncovers the rich many-body physics and may lead to new devices.

Sign reversal of the order parameter in (Li1−xFex)OHFe1−yZnySe    pp134 - 139
Zengyi Du, Xiong Yang, Dustin Altenfeld, Qiangqiang Gu, Huan Yang et al.
A scanning tunnelling microscopy study of an intercalated iron selenide-based superconductor reveals a sign change in its superconducting gap function, providing indirect evidence for the origin of the pairing mechanism in this system.

Topologically protected refraction of robust kink states in valley photonic crystals    pp140 - 144
Fei Gao, Haoran Xue, Zhaoju Yang, Kueifu Lai, Yang Yu et al.
A photonic crystal can realize an analogue of a valley Hall insulator, promising more flexibility than in condensed-matter systems to explore these exotic topological states.

Heat Coulomb blockade of one ballistic channel    pp145 - 148
E. Sivre, A. Anthore, F. D. Parmentier, A. Cavanna, U. Gennser et al.
In nanoscale electronic circuits, controlling the flow of heat is essential. A demonstration of a heat Coulomb blockade arising from thermal many-body effects shows that thermal transport follows distinct rules in the quantum regime.

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Symmetry breaking by quantum coherence in single electron attachment    pp149 - 153
E. Krishnakumar, Vaibhav S. Prabhudesai & Nigel J. Mason
Resonant electron attachment and subsequent dissociation of diatomic molecules is shown to exhibit spatial asymmetry as a consequence of coherent excitation and subsequent interference between reaction pathways.

Cooling quasiparticles in A 3C 60 fullerides by excitonic mid-infrared absorption    pp154 - 159

A theoretical framework for interpreting recent observations of light-induced superconductivity in alkali-doped fullerides is proposed and developed.

Experimentally probing topological order and its breakdown through modular matrices    pp160 - 165
Zhihuang Luo, Jun Li, Zhaokai Li, Ling-Yan Hung, Yidun Wan et al.
Fundamental fingerprints of topological orders may be characterized uniquely and purely by experimental means. Here the authors provide a proof of principle demonstration using interferometric measurement in a two-dimensional lattice system.

Fermi surface in the absence of a Fermi liquid in the Kondo insulator SmB6    pp166 - 172
M. Hartstein, W. H. Toews, Y.-T. Hsu, B. Zeng, X. Chen et al.
Experimental study of the Kondo insulator SmB6 provides an alternative route to realize a Fermi surface in the absence of a conventional Fermi liquid.

Quantum gas microscopy of an attractive Fermi–Hubbard system    pp173 - 177
Debayan Mitra, Peter T. Brown, Elmer Guardado-Sanchez, Stanimir S. Kondov, Trithep Devakul et al.
The simplest lattice model that allows the investigation of superconductivity with attractive interactions is realized using ultracold quantum gas. The experimental observation provides a lower bound on the strength of s-wave pairing correlations.

Unconventional mass enhancement around the Dirac nodal loop in ZrSiS    pp178 - 183
S. Pezzini, M. R. van Delft, L. M. Schoop, B. V. Lotsch, A. Carrington et al.
A significant enhancement in the effective mass of Dirac-like quasiparticles residing near a nodal loop in the electronic band structure provides evidence for strong correlation effects in a topological semimetal.

Phase ordering of charge density waves traced by ultrafast low-energy electron diffraction    pp184 - 190
S. Vogelgesang, G. Storeck, J. G. Horstmann, T. Diekmann, M. Sivis et al.
A tracing of the phase-ordering kinetics of a charge density wave system demonstrates the potential of ultrafast low-energy electron diffraction for studying phase transitions and ordering phenomena at surfaces and in low-dimensional systems.

How drops start sliding over solid surfaces    pp191 - 196
Nan Gao, Florian Geyer, Dominik W. Pilat, Sanghyuk Wooh, Doris Vollmer et al.
A liquid droplet is shown to slide across a solid surface subject to friction forces analogous with those between two solids. The phenomenon is generic, and closes a gap in our understanding of liquid–solid friction.

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In search of the nuclear clock    p198
Marianna Safronova

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