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Depth-targeted energy delivery deep inside scattering media

Nature Physics, Published online: 27 January 2022; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01475-xOptimally depositing optical energy into an extended region of a diffusive medium, such as biological tissue, is a challenging task. A matrix that maps the incoming wavefront to the field distribution inside the material can predict the energy enhancement that occurs at...

Experimental signature of the parity anomaly in a semi-magnetic topological insulator

Nature Physics, Published online: 27 January 2022; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01490-yAn electron with a linear dispersion relation should contribute half of a quantum of Hall conductance and thereby manifest the parity anomaly. This is demonstrated in a heterostructure of topological insulator materials.

Design of inertial fusion implosions reaching the burning plasma regime

Nature Physics, Published online: 26 January 2022; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01485-9In burning plasma, alpha particles from fusion reactions are the dominant source of heating. The design choices that resulted in reaching this state in experiments at the National Ignition Facility are reported.

Chiral control of quantum states in non-Hermitian spin–orbit-coupled fermions

Nature Physics, Published online: 24 January 2022; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01491-xSpin–orbit coupling is an important feature of isolated quantum systems, but less is known about how it responds to dissipation. An experiment in a cold atomic gas now shows how these two effects enable topologically robust spin transfer.

Author Correction: Characterization of the shape-staggering effect in mercury nuclei

Nature Physics, Published online: 24 January 2022; doi:10.1038/s41567-022-01503-4Author Correction: Characterization of the shape-staggering effect in mercury nuclei

One for all

Nature Physics, Published online: 20 January 2022; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01449-zPredicting collapses of a complex system is notoriously hard. Finding ways to pull a collapsed system back to normal is even harder. A theoretical study now shows how reviving a single unit of a failed network might restore its whole functionality.

Realizing discontinuous quantum phase transitions in a strongly correlated driven optical lattice

Nature Physics, Published online: 20 January 2022; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01476-wStudies of first-order phase transitions in quantum simulators have so far been restricted to the weakly interacting regime. A tunable discontinuous phase transition has now been realized with strongly correlated atoms in a driven optical lattice.

Reviving a failed network through microscopic interventions

Nature Physics, Published online: 20 January 2022; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01474-yPerturbations and disturbances can bring complex networks into undesirable states in which global functionality is suppressed. Now, a recovery scheme explains how to revive a damaged network by controlling only a small number of nodes.

Rotation symmetry breaking in the normal state of a kagome superconductor KV<sub>3</sub>Sb<sub>5</sub>

Nature Physics, Published online: 20 January 2022; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01479-7The precise nature of the charge-density-wave state in kagome superconductors remains unclear. Now, local spectroscopy shows that rotational symmetry in real space is broken, with one direction being distinct from the other two.

Lead signatures

Nature Physics, Published online: 13 January 2022; doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01496-6Lead signatures

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