The search for disorder in order

- A signature of an exotic state of matter that remains disordered even at very low temperatures has been experimentally identified -Mind the gap!

- Scanning tunneling microscopy is used to probe electrons in an unconventional superconductor, and uncovers an unexpected energy gap -Melting of frozen frustrations

- Computations reveal how quantum interactions can break a deadlock in magnetic spin ice oxides -Spins on the edge

- The edges of thin films could provide an ideal laboratory for studying the behavior of electron spins -Frustration produces a quantum playground

- A deeper understanding of quantum fluctuations in ‘frustrated’ layered magnetic crystals could speed the development of devices that probe real-world systems using quantum effects -Unraveling a quantum phase transition

- Simulations reveal the details of exotic quantum phase transitions in optically trapped superfluid atoms -There’s more to Higgs than bosons

- The observation of novel behavior in a magnetic material suggests a fresh approach to studying fundamental quantum phenomena -Getting to the heart of frustrated magnetism

- A detailed mathematical model reveals the elusive origins of the unusual magnetic properties of thin films of solid-state helium -Unaffected by imperfections

- Current flowing along the edges of a promising quantum device is insensitive to its magnetic impurities -Pushing the frontier of state control

- The ability to use magnetic fields to control a newly identified state of matter could enable more efficient memory devices -Predicting a chain of order

- Calculations can now predict when and how spins of electrons and ions arrange in one-dimensional multiferroic materials -Particles that are their own worst enemies

- A newly proposed superconducting device could lead to the first observation of particles that are their own antiparticles -Finding hope in a meltdown

- Theoretical physicists find evidence of a new state of matter in a simple oxide -Spin lattices enter a new phase

- A new ordered phase is predicted for geometrically frustrated spin systems even in the absence of magnetic order -A tale of two excitations

- A new theory predicts an unusual excitation spectrum for a chain of ultracold gas atoms -Quantum force on the edge

- A standard measurement of resistance, the quantum Hall effect, changes dramatically at the edge of a sample -Superconductivity: back to basics

- The origin of superconductivity in iron-based materials can now be studied using a basic theoretical model -Critical questions

- Ripples in the structure of graphene could be the key to understanding its unusual characteristics -A hot connection with spin

- A particular spin topology in solid-state materials has a strong influence on thermally generated electron transport -Frustration yields results

- Theoretical calculations elucidate the origin of unusual electronic behaviors recently observed in geometrically frustrated compounds -Spins in nickel stand together

- Theorists extend a simple model to explain ferromagnetism in transition metals -The indecisive insulator

- Researchers are applying relativistic quantum theory to explain how graphene could switch from a metal to an insulator -Electron theory solves heavy problem

- Unusual properties of lithium vanadate explained -Electrons on the edge are fractal

- Understanding a material’s transition from a metallic to an insulating state hinges on the fractal nature of electrons -It's all in the spin

- Researchers show subtle fluctuations in electron spins are the origin of magnetism and superconductivity in a common oxide -Choreography of electrons in one dimension

- A novel theory successfully describes the different interactions governing electrons in narrow quantum wires -Flipping spins create unusual quantum phase

- Mathematical model prompts investigations of solid helium -Transistor statistics add up

- Better predictions of electron behavior could reduce the size of computer chips -