Superconducting instabilities of quantum critical metals

Are non-Fermi-liquids stable to Cooper pairing?
Authors: Max A. Metlitski, David F. Mross, Subir Sachdev, T. Senthil.

Recommended with a commentary by Leon Balents, KITP, UCSB.
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A metrological era for quantum computing

Logic gates at the surface code threshold: Superconducting qubits poised for fault-tolerant quantum computing.
Authors: R. Barends, J. Kelly, A. Megrant, A. Veitia, D. Sank, E. Jeffrey, T. C. White, J. Mutus, A. G. Fowler, B. Campbell, Y. Chen, Z. Chen, B. Chiaro, A. Dunsworth, C. Neill, P. OMalley, P. Roushan, A. Vainsencher, J. Wenner, A. N. Korotkov, A. N. Cleland, and John M. Martinis.
Nature 508, 500-503 (2014)

Recommended with a commentary by David DiVincenzo,Forschungszentrum Juelich.
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Passive and active durotaxis

Patterning droplets with durotaxis.
Authors: R. W. Style, Y. Che, S. J. Park, B. M. Weon, J. H. Je, C. Hyland, G. K. German, M. P. Power, L. A. Wilen, J. S. Wettlaufer, and E. R. Dufresne.
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 110, 12541-12544 (2013)

Recommended with a commentary by M. Cristina Marchetti, Syracuse University.
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A rocky pathway through a valley

The Valley Hall Effect in MoS2 Transistors.
Authors: Kin Fai Mak, Kathryn L. McGill, Jiwoong Park, and Paul L. McEuen.

Recommended with a commentary by Anton Akhmerov, Delft University of Technology.
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Deep Understanding Achieved on the 3d Ising Model

Solving the 3d Ising Model with the Conformal Bootstrap II. c-Minimization and Precise Critical Exponents.
Authors: Sheer El-Showk, Miguel F. Paulos, David Poland, Slava Rychkov, David Simmons-Duffin, Alessandro Vichi.

Recommended with a commentary by Leo P. Kadanoff, University of Chicago and The Perimeter Institute.
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Discontinuous Shear Thickening in Dense non-Brownian Suspensions

1.Microscopic Mechanism for Shear Thickening of Non-Brownian Suspensions.
Authors: N Fernandez, R Mani, D Rinaldi, D Kadau, M Mosquet, H Lombois-Burger, J Cayer-Barrioz, H J. Herrmann, ND Spencer, and L Isa.
Physical Review Lett 111, 108301(2013)

2.Discontinuous Shear Thickening of Frictional Hard-Sphere Suspensions.
Authors:R Seto, R Mari, JF Morriss, and MM Denn.
Physical Review Lett 111, 218301(2013)

3.Discontinuous shear thickening without inertia in dense non-Brownian suspensions.
Authors:M Wyart and ME Cates.
Physical Review Lett 112, 098302(2014)

4.Shear thickening, frictionless and frictional rheologies.
Authors:R Mari, R Seto, JF Morris, and MM Denn.

Recommended with a commentary by Peter Olmsted, Department of Physics, Georgetown University.
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Flipping and Bound Microswimmers

1.Dispersion of self-propelled rods undergoing fluctuation-driven flips.
Authors: Daisuke Takagi, Adam B. Braunschweig, Jun Zhang and Michael J. Shelley.
Physical Review Lett 110, 038301(2013)

2.Hydrodynamic capture of microswimmers into sphere-bound orbits.
Authors:Daisuke Takagi, J. Palacci, Adam B. Braunschweig, Michael J. Shelley and Jun Zhang.
Soft Matter 10, 1784-1789(2014)

Recommended with a commentary by Arezoo M. Ardekani, University of Notre Dame.
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The Complexity of the t/J Model

Competing states in the t/J model: uniform d-wave state versus stripe state
Authors: P.Corboz, T.M.Rice,and Matthias Troyer.

Recommended with commentary by Steven Kivelson, Stanford University
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Quantum Effects in Spin Ice

1.Thermodynamic properties of Yb2Ti2O7 pyrochlore as a function of temperature and magnetic field: Validation of a quantum spin ice exchange Hamiltonian.
Authors: N. R. Hayre, K. A. Ross, R. Applegate, T. Lin, R. R. P. Singh, B. D. Gaulin, M. J. P. Gingras.
Physical Review B 87, 184423 (2013)

2.Crystal-field states of Pr3+ in the candidate quantum spin ice Pr2Sn2O7.
Authors:A. J. Princep, D. Prabhakaran, A. T. Boothroyd, D.T. Adroja.
Physical Review B 88, 104421 (2013)

Recommended with a commentary by Sunil Sinha, University of California San Diego.
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Collective cell motion in biological tissues: A novel form of glassy dynamics?

Energy barriers and cell migration in densely packed tissues
Authors: Dapeng Bi, J. H. Lopez, J. M. Schwarz, M. Lisa Manning
Soft Matter, 2014,10, 1885-1890

Recommended with a commentary by L. Berthier, CNRS/Université Montpellier 2, France
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Mott versus Slater: Nature of antiferromagnetism in the Jeff=1/2 insulator Sr2IrO4

1. Theoretical study of insulating mechanism in multi-orbital Hubbard models with a large spin-orbit coupling: Is Sr2IrO4 a Slater insulator or a Mott insulator?
Authors: Hiroshi Watanaebe, Tomonori Shirakawa, Seiji Yunoki

2. Bulk Nature of Layered Perovskite Iridates beyond the Mott Scenario : An Approach from Bulk Sensitive Photoemission Study
Authors: A. Yamasaki, H. Fujiwara, A. Higashiya, A. Irizawa, O. Kirilmaz, F. Pfaff, P. Scheiderer, J. Gabel, M. Sing, T. Muro, M. Yabashi, K. Tamasaku, H. Sato, H. Namatame, M. Taniguchi, A. Hloskovskyy, H. Yoshida, H. Okabe, M. Isobe, J. Akimitsu, W. Drube, R. Claessen, T. Ishikawa, S. Imada, A. Sekiyama, S. Suga

Recommended with a commentary by Atsushi Fujimori, University of Tokyo
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Mott Physics, Mixed Valence and Oxygen valence Changes in the Modern Li-ion Batteries

High Performance Li2Ru1–yMnyO3 (0.2 ≤ y ≤ 0.8) Cathode Materials for Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Batteries: Their Understanding
Authors: M. Sathiya, K. Ramesha, G. Rousse, D. Foix, D. Gonbeau, A. S. Prakash, M. L. Doublet, K. Hemalatha, and J.-M. Tarascon
Chem. Mater. 25, 1121 (2013)

Recommended with a commentary by Chandra Varma, University of California, Riverside
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Geometric frustration in twisted strips

Helicoids, Wrinkles, and Loops in Twisted Ribbons
Authors: J. Chopin and A. Kudrolli
Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 174302 (2013)

Recommended with a commentary by Chris Santangelo, UMass Amherst
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Quantum Entanglement sheds new light on an old problem

Chiral Symmetry Breaking, Deconfinement and Entanglement Monotonicity
Authors: Tarun Grover

Recommended with a commentary by Ashvin Vishwanath, UC Berkeley
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Hydrodynamic long-time tails after a quantum quench

Hydrodynamic long-time tails after a quantum quench
Authors: Jonathan Lux, Jan Müller, Aditi Mitra, and Achim Rosch

Recommended with a commentary by Peter Wölfle, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
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Single electrons ride the Fermi sea

Minimal-excitation states for electron quantum optics using levitons
Authors: J. Dubois, T. Jullien, F. Portier, P. Roche, A. Cavanna, Y. Jin, W. Wegscheider,
P. Roulleau and D. C. Glattli
Nature 502, 659 (2013)

Recommended with a commentary by Carlo Beenakker, Leiden University
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Cavity Opto-mechanics

1. Observation of Radiation Pressure Shot Noise on a Macroscopic Object
Authors: T. P. Purdy, R. W. Peterson and C. A. Regal
Science 339, 801 (2013)

2. Reversible and efficient conversion between microwave and optical light
Authors: R. W. Andrews, R. W. Peterson, T. P. Purdy, K. Cicak, R. W.Simmonds, C. A. Regal and K. W. Lehnert

Recommended with a commentary by Steven M. Girvin, Yale University
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Effect of Shear-thinning on Swimming Micro-Organisms

1. Waving transport and propulsion in a generalized Newtonian fluid
Authors: J. Rodrigo Vélez-Cordero and Eric Lauga
J. Non-Newton. Fluid 199,37 (2013)

2. Physics of rheologically enhanced propulsion: Different strokes in generalized Stokes
Authors: Thomas D. Montenegro-Johnson, David J. Smith, and Daniel Loghin
Phys. Fluids 25,081903 (2013)

Recommended with a commentary by Thomas R. Powers, Brown University
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Dynamics of currents carried by the proximity effect in SNS-systems

1. Dissipation and Supercurrent Fluctuations in a Diffusive Normal-Metal-Superconductor Ring
Authors: B. Dassonneville, M. Ferrier, S. Guéron, and H. Bouchiat
Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 217001 (2013)

2. Phase dependent Andreev spectrum in a diffusive SNS junction: Static and dynamic current response
Authors: M. Ferrier, B. Dassonneville, S. Guéron, and H. Bouchiat
Phys. Rev. B 88, 174505 (2013)

Recommended with a commentary by Teun Klapwijk, Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, Delft University of Technology
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Graphene analogues in bulk: the prediction and observation of 3D Dirac semimetals


1. Observation of a topological 3D Dirac semimetal phase in high-mobility Cd3As2 and related materials.
Authors: M. Neupane, SuYang Xu, R. Sankar, N. Alidoust, G. Bian, Chang Liu, I. Belopolski, T.-R. Chang, H.-T. Jeng, H. Lin, A. Bansil, Fangcheng Chou, M. Z. Hasan

2. Experimental Realization of a Three-Dimensional Dirac Semimetal.
Authors: Sergey Borisenko, Quinn Gibson, Danil Evtushinsky, Volodymyr Zabolotnyy, Bernd Buechner, Robert J. Cava

3. Discovery of a Three-dimensional Topological Dirac Semimetal, Na3Bi
Authors: Z. K. Liu, B. Zhou, Z. J. Wang, H. M. Weng, D. Prabhakaran, S. -K. Mo, Y. Zhang, Z. X. Shen, Z. Fang, X. Dai, Z. Hussain, Y. L. Chen


4. Dirac Semimetal in Three Dimensions
Authors: S. M. Young, S. Zaheer, J. C. Y. Teo, C. L. Kane, E. J. Mele, and A. M. Rappe
Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 140405 (2012)

5. Dirac semimetal and topological phase transitions in A3Bi (A=Na, K, Rb)
Authors: Zhijun Wang, Yan Sun, Xingqiu Chen, Cesare Franchini, Gang Xu, Hongming Weng, Xi Dai, Zhong Fang
Phys. Rev. B 85, 195320 (2012)

6. Three-dimensional Dirac semimetal and quantum transport in Cd3As2
Authors: Zhijun Wang, Hongming Weng, Quansheng Wu, Xi Dai, and Zhong Fang
Phys. Rev. B 88, 125427 (2013)

Recommended with a commentary by Joel E. Moore, UC Berkeley and LBNL
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