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Lattice quantum chromodynamics and baryon-baryon interactions
Tetsuo Hatsuda
Frontiers of Physics    2018, 13 (6): 132105-.   https://doi.org/10.1007/s11467-018-0829-4
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After briefly reviewing the theoretical concepts and numerical methods in lattice QCD, recent simulation results of the hadron masses and hadron interactions with nearly physical quark masses are presented. Special emphasis is placed on the baryon-baryon interactions on the basis of the HAL QCD method where the integro-differential equation for the equal-time Nambu–Bethe–Salpeter amplitude plays a key role to bridge a gap between the multi-baryon correlation and the scattering observable such as the phase shift.

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Graphene based functional devices: A short review
Rong Wang, Xin-Gang Ren, Ze Yan, Li-Jun Jiang, Wei E. I. Sha, Guang-Cun Shan
Frontiers of Physics    2019, 14 (1): 13603-.   https://doi.org/10.1007/s11467-018-0859-y
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Graphene is an ideal 2D material system bridging electronic and photonic devices. It also breaks the fundamental speed and size limits by electronics and photonics, respectively. Graphene offers multiple functions of signal transmission, emission, modulation, and detection in a broad band, high speed, compact size, and low loss. Here, we have a brief view of graphene based functional devices at microwave, terahertz, and optical frequencies. Their fundamental physics and computational models were discussed as well.

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Review of borophene and its potential applications
Zhi-Qiang Wang, Tie-Yu Lü, Hui-Qiong Wang, Yuan Ping Feng, Jin-Cheng Zheng
Frontiers of Physics    2019, 14 (3): 33403-null.   https://doi.org/10.1007/s11467-019-0884-5
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Since two-dimensional boron sheet (borophene) synthesized on Ag substrates in 2015, research on borophene has grown fast in the fields of condensed matter physics, chemistry, material science, and nanotechnology. Due to the unique physical and chemical properties, borophene has various potential applications. In this review, we summarize the progress on borophene with a particular emphasis on the recent advances. First, we introduce the phases of borophene by experimental synthesis and theoretical predictions. Then, the physical and chemical properties, such as mechanical, thermal, electronic, optical and superconducting properties are summarized. We also discuss in detail the utilization of the borophene for wide ranges of potential application among the alkali metal ion batteries, Li-S batteries, hydrogen storage, supercapacitor, sensor and catalytic in hydrogen evolution, oxygen reduction, oxygen evolution, and CO2 electroreduction reaction. Finally, the challenges and outlooks in this promising field are featured on the basis of its current development.

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Stacking transition in rhombohedral graphite
Tataiana Latychevskaia, Seok-Kyun Son, Yaping Yang, Dale Chancellor, Michael Brown, Servet Ozdemir, Ivan Madan, Gabriele Berruto, Fabrizio Carbone, Artem Mishchenko, Kostya S. Novoselov
Frontiers of Physics    2019, 14 (1): 13608-.   https://doi.org/10.1007/s11467-018-0867-y
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Few-layer graphene (FLG) has recently been intensively investigated for its variable electronic properties, which are defined by a local atomic arrangement. While the most natural arrangement of layers in FLG is ABA (Bernal) stacking, a metastable ABC (rhombohedral) stacking, characterized by a relatively high-energy barrier, can also occur. When both types of stacking occur in one FLG device, the arrangement results in an in-plane heterostructure with a domain wall (DW). In this paper, we present two approaches to demonstrate that the ABC stacking in FLG can be controllably and locally turned into the ABA stacking. In the first approach, we introduced Joule heating, and the transition was characterized by 2D peak Raman spectra at a submicron spatial resolution. The transition was initiated in a small region, and then the DW was controllably shifted until the entire device became ABA stacked. In the second approach, the transition was achieved by illuminating the ABC region with a train of 790-nm-wavelength laser pulses, and the transition was visualized by transmission electron microscopy in both diffraction and dark-field imaging modes. Further, using this approach, the DW was visualized at a nanoscale spatial resolution in the dark-field imaging mode.

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Enhancing the thermoelectric performance of Bi2S3: A promising earth-abundant thermoelectric material
Ye Chen, Dongyang Wang, Yuling Zhou, Qiantao Pang, Jianwei Shao, Guangtao Wang, Jinfeng Wang, Li-Dong Zhao
Frontiers of Physics    2019, 14 (1): 13601-.   https://doi.org/10.1007/s11467-018-0845-4
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Recently, bismuth sulfide (Bi2S3) has attracted much attention in the thermoelectric community owing to its abundance, low cost, and advanced properties. However, its poor electrical transport properties have prevented Bi2S3 devices from realizing high thermoelectric performance. In this work, our motivation is to decrease the large electrical resistivity, which is recognized as the origin of the low ZT value in undoped Bi2S3. We combined melting and spark plasma sintering (SPS) in a continuous fabrication process to produce Bi2S3–xSex (x = 0, 0.09, 0.15, 0.21) and Bi2S2.85–ySe0.15Cly (y = 0.0015, 0.0045, 0.0075, 0.015, 0.03) samples. Our results show that Se alloying at S sites can narrow the band gap and activate intrinsic electron conduction, leading to a high power factor of ~2.0 μW·cm–1·K–2 at room temperature in Bi2S2.85S0.15, about 100 times higher than that of undoped Bi2S3. Moreover, our further introduction of Cl atoms into the S sites resulted in a second-stage optimization of carrier concentration and simultaneously reduced the lattice thermal conductivity, which contributed to a high ZT value of ~0.6 at 723 K for Bi2S2.835Se0.15Cl0.015. Our results indicate that high thermoelectric performance could be realized in Bi2S3 with earth-abundant and low-cost elements.

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Probing interlayer interactions in WSe2-graphene heterostructures by ultralow-frequency Raman spectroscopy
Yue Liu (刘月), Yu Zhou (周煜), Hao Zhang (张昊), Feirong Ran (冉飞荣), Weihao Zhao (赵炜昊), Lin Wang (王琳), Chengjie Pei (裴成杰), Jindong Zhang (张锦东), Xiao Huang (黄晓), Hai Li (李海)
Frontiers of Physics    2019, 14 (1): 13607-.   https://doi.org/10.1007/s11467-018-0854-3
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Interlayer interactions at the heterointerfaces of van der Waals heterostructures (vdWHs), which consist of vertically stacked two-dimensional materials, play important roles in determining their properties. The interlayer interactions are tunable from noncoupling to strong coupling by controlling the twist angle between adjacent layers. However, the influence of stacking sequence and individual component thickness on the properties of vdWHs has rarely been explored. In this work, the influence of the stacking sequence of WSe2 and graphene in vdWHs of graphene-on-WSe2 (graphene/WSe2) or WSe2-on-graphene (WSe2/graphene), as well as their thickness, on their interlayer interaction was systematically investigated by ultralow-frequency (ULF) Raman spectroscopy. A series of ULF breathing modes of WSe2 nanosheets in these vdWHs were observed with frequencies highly dependent on graphene thickness. Interestingly, the ULF breathing modes of WSe2 red-shifted in graphene/WSe2 and WSe2/graphene configurations, and the amount of shift in the former was much larger than that in the latter. In contrast, no obvious ULF shift was observed by varying the twist angle between WSe2 and graphene. This indicates that the interlayer interaction is more sensitive to the stacking sequence compared with the twist angle. The results provide alternative approaches to modulate the interlayer interaction of vdWHs and, thus, tune their optical and optoelectronic properties.

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The art of designing carbon allotropes
Run-Sen Zhang, Jin-Wu Jiang
Frontiers of Physics    2019, 14 (1): 13401-.   https://doi.org/10.1007/s11467-018-0836-5
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Stimulated by the success of graphene and diamond, a variety of carbon allotropes have been discovered in recent years in either two-dimensional or three-dimensional configurations. Although these emerging carbon allotropes share some common features, they have certain different and novel mechanical or physical properties. In this review, we present a comparative survey of some of the major properties of fifteen newly discovered carbon allotropes. By comparing their structural topology, we propose a general route for designing most carbon allotropes from two mother structures, namely, graphene and diamond. Furthermore, we discuss several future prospects as well as current challenges in designing new carbon allotropes.

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Log-periodic quantum oscillations in topological or Dirac materials
Huichao Wang, Yanzhao Liu, Haiwen Liu, Jian Wang
Frontiers of Physics    2019, 14 (2): 23201-null.   https://doi.org/10.1007/s11467-018-0878-8
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Nuclear physics with RI Beam Factory
Hiroyoshi Sakurai
Frontiers of Physics    2018, 13 (6): 132111-.   https://doi.org/10.1007/s11467-018-0849-0
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Research activities of nuclear physics at Radioactive Isotope Beam Factory over 10 years are reviewed and future directions are also discussed. Conceptual ideas in designing the facility as well as experimental devices are introduced. Special emphasis is given to highlighted results obtained at RIBF.

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New models for multi-dimensional stable vortex solitons
Hidetsugu Sakaguchi
Frontiers of Physics    2019, 14 (1): 12301-.   https://doi.org/10.1007/s11467-018-0857-0
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Bohm’s approach to quantum mechanics: Alternative theory or practical picture?
A. S. Sanz
Frontiers of Physics    2019, 14 (1): 11301-.   https://doi.org/10.1007/s11467-018-0853-4
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Since its inception Bohmian mechanics has been generally regarded as a hidden-variable theory aimed at providing an objective description of quantum phenomena. To date, this rather narrow conception of Bohm’s proposal has caused it more rejection than acceptance. Now, after 65 years of Bohmian mechanics, should still be such an interpretational aspect the prevailing appraisal? Why not favoring a more pragmatic view, as a legitimate picture of quantum mechanics, on equal footing in all respects with any other more conventional quantum picture? These questions are used here to introduce a discussion on an alternative way to deal with Bohmian mechanics at present, enhancing its aspect as an efficient and useful picture or formulation to tackle, explore, describe and explain quantum phenomena where phase and correlation (entanglement) are key elements. This discussion is presented through two complementary blocks. The first block is aimed at briefly revisiting the historical context that gave rise to the appearance of Bohmian mechanics, and how this approach or analogous ones have been used in different physical contexts. This discussion is used to emphasize a more pragmatic view to the detriment of the more conventional hidden-variable (ontological) approach that has been a leitmotif within the quantum foundations. The second block focuses on some particular formal aspects of Bohmian mechanics supporting the view presented here, with special emphasis on the physical meaning of the local phase field and the associated velocity field encoded within the wave function. As an illustration, a simple model of Young’s two-slit experiment is considered. The simplicity of this model allows to understand in an easy manner how the information conveyed by the Bohmian formulation relates to other more conventional concepts in quantum mechanics. This sort of pedagogical application is also aimed at showing the potential interest to introduce Bohmian mechanics in undergraduate quantum mechanics courses as a working tool rather than merely an alternative interpretation.

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Nuclear magnetic moments in covariant density functional theory
Jian Li (李剑), J. Meng (孟杰)
Frontiers of Physics    2018, 13 (6): 132109-.   https://doi.org/10.1007/s11467-018-0842-7
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Nuclear magnetic moment is an important physical variable and serves as a useful tool for the stringent test of nuclear models. For the past decades, the covariant density functional theory and its extension have been proved to be successful in describing the nuclear ground-states and excited states properties. However, a long-standing problem is its failure to predict magnetic moments. This article reviews the recent progress in the description of the nuclear magnetic moments within the covariant density functional theory. In particular, the magnetic moments of spherical odd-Anuclei with doubly closed shell core plus or minus one nucleon and deformed odd-Anuclei.

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How have they started? – A brief guide for pedestrians
Takaharu Otsuka
Frontiers of Physics    2018, 13 (6): 132102-.   https://doi.org/10.1007/s11467-018-0848-1
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I shall present a very brief summary of subjects selected from what Prof. Akito Arima has done in the past years. I will focus on the initial works on the configuration mixing and on the Interacting Boson Model. Since there are many literatures on these subjects, I shall concentrate what have been done at the initial or at the pre-history stages. By doing this, we shall see how Prof. Akito Arima started from the scratch.

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Alpha-clustering effects in heavy nuclei
Zhongzhou Ren, Bo Zhou
Frontiers of Physics    2018, 13 (6): 132110-.   https://doi.org/10.1007/s11467-018-0846-3
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The study of cluster structures in light nuclei is extending to the heavy nuclei in these years. As for the stable N = Z nuclei, from the lighter 8Be, 12C nuclei to the heavier 20Ne and even the 40Ca and 44Ti medium nuclei, the α cluster structures have been well studied and confirmed. In heavy nuclei, due to the dominated mean field, the existence of α cluster structure is not clear as light nuclei but some clues were found for indicating the core+α cluster structure in some nuclei, in particular, the 208Pb+α structure in 212Po. We review some recent progress about the theoretical and experimental explorations of the α-clustering effects in heavy nuclei. We also discuss the possible α cluster structure of heavy nuclei from the view of α decay.

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Majorana fermions in semiconducting nanowire and Fulde–Ferrell superconductor hybrid structures
Jia Liu, Chun Fai Chan, Ming Gong
Frontiers of Physics    2019, 14 (1): 13609-.   https://doi.org/10.1007/s11467-018-0863-2
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The novel idea that spin-orbit coupling (SOC) and an s-wave pairing system can lead to induced pwave pairing with a strong magnetic limit, has stimulated widespread interest in searching for Majorana fermions (MFs) in semiconductor-superconductor hybrid structures. However, despite major advances in the semiconductor nanotechnology, this system has several inherent limitations that prohibit the realization and identification of MFs. We overcome these limitations by replacing the s-wave superconductor with the type-II Fulde–Ferrell (FF) superconductor, in which the center-of-mass momentum of the Cooper pair renormalizes the in-plane Zeeman field and chemical potential. As a result, MFs can be realized in semiconductor nanowires with small values of the Landé g-factor and high carrier densities. The SOC strength directly influences the topological boundary; thus, the topological phase transition and associated MFs can be engineered by an external electric field. Theoretically, almost all semiconductor nanowires can be used to realize MFs by using the FF superconductor. However, we find that InP nanowire is more suitable for the realization of MFs compared to InAs and InSb nanowires. Thus, this new scheme can take full advantage of the semiconductor nanotechnology for the realization of MFs in semiconductor-superconductor hybrid structures.

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Approaching nuclei through multiple perspectives and diverse models: Patterns, symmetries, interactions
R. F. Casten
Frontiers of Physics    2018, 13 (6): 132104-.   https://doi.org/10.1007/s11467-018-0834-7
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Nuclei are complex objects yet display remarkable simplicities and regular patterns. The study of these and their origins has long been one of the twin pillars of nuclear structure research. We will discuss the behavior of atomic nuclei from this point of view. A key element will be the advantages of looking at the same data from different perspectives and of inter-relating these perspectives.

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Possible phase transition of anisotropic frustrated Heisenberg model at finite temperature
Ai-Yuan Hu, Lin Wen, Guo-Pin Qin, Zhi-Min Wu, Peng Yu, Yu-Ting Cui
Frontiers of Physics    2019, 14 (5): 53601-null.   https://doi.org/10.1007/s11467-019-0895-2
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The frustrated spin-1/2 J1aJ1bJ2 antiferromagnet with anisotropy on the two-dimensional square lattice was investigated, where the parameters J1aand J1b represent the nearest neighbor exchanges and along the x and y directions, respectively. J2 represents the next-nearest neighbor exchange. The anisotropy includes the spatial and exchange anisotropies. Using the double-time Green’s function method, the effects of the interplay of exchanges and anisotropy on the possible phase transition of the Néel state and stripe state were discussed. Our results indicated that, in the case of anisotropic parameter 0≤η<1, the Néel and stripe states can exist and have the same critical temperature as long as J2 = J1b/2. Under such parameters, a first-order phase transformation between the Néel and stripe states can occur below the critical point. For J2J1b/2, our results indicate that the Néel and stripe states can also exist, while their critical temperatures differ. When J2>J1b/2, a first-order phase transformation between the two states may also occur. However, for J2<J1b/2, the Néel state is always more stable than the stripe state.

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Precision mass measurements of short-lived nuclides at HIRFL-CSR in Lanzhou
Ming-Ze Sun, Xiao-Hong Zhou, Meng Wang, Yu-Hu Zhang, Yu. A. Litvinov
Frontiers of Physics    2018, 13 (6): 132112-.   https://doi.org/10.1007/s11467-018-0844-5
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In recent years, extensive short-lived nuclear mass measurements have been carried out at the Heavy- Ion Research Facility (HIRFL) in Lanzhou using Isochronous Mass Spectrometry (IMS). The obtained mass values have been successfully applied to nuclear structure and astrophysics studies. In this contribution, we give a brief introduction to the nuclear mass measurements at HIRFL-CSR facility. Main technical developments are described and recent results are summarized. Furthermore, we envision the future perspective for the next-generation storage ring facility HIAF in Huizhou.

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Convergent and divergent beam electron holography and reconstruction of adsorbates on free-standing two-dimensional crystals
T. Latychevskaia, C. R. Woods, Yi Bo Wang, M. Holwill, E. Prestat, S. J. Haigh, K. S. Novoselov
Frontiers of Physics    2019, 14 (1): 13606-.   https://doi.org/10.1007/s11467-018-0851-6
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Van der Waals heterostructures have been lately intensively studied because they offer a large variety of properties that can be controlled by selecting 2D materials and their sequence in the stack. The exact arrangement of the layers as well as the exact arrangement of the atoms within the layers, both are important for the properties of the resulting device. However, it is very difficult to control and characterize the exact position of the atoms and the layers in such heterostructures, in particular, along the vertical (z) dimension. Recently it has been demonstrated that convergent beam electron diffraction (CBED) allows quantitative three-dimensional mapping of atomic positions in three-dimensional materials from a single CBED pattern. In this study we investigate CBED in more detail by simulating and performing various CBED regimes, with convergent and divergent wavefronts, on a somewhat simplified system: a two-dimensional (2D) monolayer crystal. In CBED, each CBED spot is in fact an in-line hologram of the sample, where in-line holography is known to exhibit high intensity contrast in detection of weak phase objects that are not detectable in conventional in-focus imaging mode. Adsorbates exhibit strong intensity contrast in the zero and higher order CBED spots, whereas lattice deformation such as strain or rippling cause noticeable intensity contrast only in the first and higher order CBED spots. The individual CBED spots can thus be reconstructed as typical in-line holograms, and a resolution of 2.13 Å can in principle be achieved in the reconstructions. We provide simulated and experimental examples of CBED of a 2D monolayer crystal. The simulations show that individual CBED spots can be treated as in-line holograms and sample distributions such as adsorbates, can be reconstructed. Individual atoms can be reconstructed from a single CBED pattern provided the later exhibits high-order CBED spots. The experimental results were obtained in a transmission electron microscope (TEM) at 80 keV on free-standing monolayer hBN containing adsorbates. Examples of reconstructions obtained from experimental CBED patterns at a resolution of 2.7 Å are shown. CBED technique can be potentially useful for imaging individual biological macromolecules, because it provides a relatively high resolution and does not require additional scanning procedure or multiple image acquisitions and therefore allows minimizing the radiation damage.

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Study of various few-body systems using Gaussian expansion method (GEM)
Emiko Hiyama, Masayasu Kamimura
Frontiers of Physics    2018, 13 (6): 132106-.   https://doi.org/10.1007/s11467-018-0828-5
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We review our calculation method, Gaussian expansion method (GEM), to solve accurately the Schrödinger equations for bound, resonant and scattering states of few-body systems. Use is made of the Rayleigh-Ritz variational method for bound states, the complex-scaling method for resonant states and the Kohn-type variational principle to S-matrix for scattering states. GEM was proposed 30 years ago and has been applied to a variety of subjects in few-body (3- to 5-body) systems, such as 1) few-nucleon systems, 2) few-body structure of hypernuclei, 3) clustering structure of light nuclei and unstable nuclei, 4) exotic atoms/molecules, 5) cold atoms, 6) nuclear astrophysics and 7) structure of exotic hadrons. Showing examples in our published papers, we explain i) high accuracy of GEM calculations and its reason, ii) wide applicability of GEM to various few-body systems, iii) successful predictions by GEM calculations before measurements. The total bound-state wave function is expanded in terms of few-body Gaussian basis functions spanned over all the sets of rearrangement Jacobi coordinates. Gaussians with ranges in geometric progression work very well both for shortrange and long-range behavior of the few-body wave functions. Use of Gaussians with complex ranges gives much more accurate solution than in the case of real-range Gaussians, especially, when the wave function has many nodes (oscillations). These basis functions can well be applied to calculations using the complex-scaling method for resonances. For the few-body scattering states, the amplitude of the interaction region is expanded in terms of those few-body Gaussian basis functions.

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The nuclear shell model: Simplicity from complexity
Igal Talmi
Frontiers of Physics    2018, 13 (6): 132103-.   https://doi.org/10.1007/s11467-018-0847-2
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The shell model of atomic nuclei has been in intensive use since the middle of the previous century. This simple model of very complex nuclei, offers a quantitative description of its many features. Other features follow from small deviations from the extreme picture. Our friend and colleague Akito Arima made seminal contributions to this field starting with his famous paper with Horie on the magnetic moments of nuclei [Prog. Theor. Phys. 11, 509 (1954)]. In the following, a detailed description of a simple example is considered. It is the 1f7/2 shell of the neutrons in the nuclei between 40Ca and 48Ca and of the protons in the nuclei between 48Ca and 56Ni. The results demonstrate the power and elegance of the shell model. They show how simplicity arises out of complexity. It is also shown how small deviations from the simple shell model lead to effects, in which valence neutrons act as if they carry electric charge.

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Dynamical characteristic of measurement uncertainty under Heisenberg spin models with Dzyaloshinskii–Moriya interactions
Ying-Yue Yang, Wen-Yang Sun, Wei-Nan Shi, Fei Ming, Dong Wang, Liu Ye
Frontiers of Physics    2019, 14 (3): 31601-null.   https://doi.org/10.1007/s11467-018-0880-1
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The dynamics of measurement’s uncertainty via entropy for a one-dimensional Heisenberg XY Z mode is examined in the presence of an inhomogeneous magnetic field and Dzyaloshinskii–Moriya (DM) interaction. It shows that the uncertainty of interest is intensively in connection with the filed’s temperature, the direction-oriented coupling strengths and the magnetic field. It turns out that the stronger coupling strengths and the smaller magnetic field would induce the smaller measurement’s uncertainty of interest within the current spin model. Interestingly, we reveal that the evolution of the uncertainty exhibits quite different dynamical behaviors in antiferromagnetic (Ji>0) and ferromagnetic (Ji<0) frames. Besides, an analytical solution related to the systematic entanglement (i.e., concurrence) is also derived in such a scenario. Furthermore, it is found that the DM-interaction is desirably working to diminish the magnitude of the measurement’s uncertainty in the region of high-temperature. Finally, we remarkably offer a resultful strategy to govern the entropy-based uncertainty through utilizing quantum weak measurements, being of fundamentally importance to quantum measurement estimation in the context of solid-state-based quantum information processing and computation.

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Coexistence of cluster and shell-model aspects in nuclear systems
Yoshiko Kanada-En’yo, Hisashi Horiuchi
Frontiers of Physics    2018, 13 (6): 132108-.   https://doi.org/10.1007/s11467-018-0830-y
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We discuss cluster phenomena in light nuclei. As examples of typical cluster structures, we first review cluster structures of 12C, 16O, and 20Ne, and then introduce some topics of cluster phenomena in light neutron-rich nuclei such as Be and C isotopes. A particular attention is paid on coexistence of cluster and shell-model aspects.

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Thermoelectricity in B80-based single-molecule junctions: First-principles investigation
Ying-Xiang Zhen, Ming Yang, Rui-Ning Wang
Frontiers of Physics    2019, 14 (2): 23603-.   https://doi.org/10.1007/s11467-018-0865-0
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Thermoelectricity is a thermorelated property that is of great importance in single-molecule junctions. The electrical conductance (σ), electron-derived thermal conductance (κel) and Seebeck coefficient (S) of B80-based single-molecule junctions are investigated by using density functional theory in combination with non-equilibrium Green’s function. When the distance between the left/right electrodes is 11.4 Å, the relationship between σ and κel obeys the Wiedemann–Franz law very well because of the strong hybridization between B80 molecular orbitals and the surface states of Au electrodes. Furthermore, the calculated Lorenz number is close to the famous value in metal or degenerate semiconductors. In addition, S is only –19.09 μV/K at 300 K, thus leading to the smaller electron’s thermoelectric figure of merit (ZelT = S2σT/κel). Interestingly, the strain and chemical potential can modulate B80-based single-molecule junctions from n-type to p-type when the compressive strain reaches –0.6 Å or the chemical potential shifts to –0.16 eV. This might be attributed that S reflects the asymmetry in the electrical conductance with respect to the chemical potential and is proportional to the slopes of the transmission spectrum.

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Large magnetocaloric effect in van der Waals crystal CrBr3
Xiaoyun Yu, Xiao Zhang, Qi Shi, Shangjie Tian, Hechang Lei, Kun Xu, Hideo Hosono
Frontiers of Physics    2019, 14 (4): 43501-null.   https://doi.org/10.1007/s11467-019-0883-6
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We study the magnetocaloric effect (MCE) in van der Waals (vdW) crystal CrBr3. Bulk CrBr3 exhibits a second-order paramagnetic-ferromagnetic phase transition with TC = 33 K. The maximum magnetic entropy change −ΔSM near TC is about 7.2 J·kg−1·K−1 with the maximum adiabatic temperature change ΔTmaxad = 2.37 K and the relative cooling power RCP= 191.5 J·kg−1 at μ0H = 5 T, all of which are remarkably larger than those in CrI3. These results suggest that the vdW crystal CrBr3 is a promising candidate for the low-dimensional magnetic refrigeration in low temperature region.

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Logic Bell state concentration with parity check measurement
Jiu Liu, Lan Zhou, Wei Zhong, Yu-Bo Sheng
Frontiers of Physics    2019, 14 (2): 21601-.   https://doi.org/10.1007/s11467-018-0866-z
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Logic qubit plays an important role in current quantum communication. In this paper, we propose an efficient entanglement concentration protocol (ECP) for a new kind of logic Bell state, where the logic qubit is the concatenated Greenber–Horne–Zeilinger (C-GHZ) state. Our ECP relies on the nondemolition polarization parity check (PPC) gates constructed with cross-Kerr nonlinearity, and can distill one pair of maximally entangled logic Bell state from two same pairs of less-entangled logic Bell states. Benefit from the nondemolition PPC gates, the concentrated maximally entangled logic Bell state can be remained for further application. Moreover, our ECP can be repeated to further concentrate the less-entangled logic Bell state. By repeating the ECP, the total success probability can be effectively increased. Based on above features, this ECP may be useful in future long-distance quantum communication.

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Anomalous spatial shifts in interface electronic scattering
Zhi-Ming Yu, Ying Liu, Shengyuan A. Yang
Frontiers of Physics    2019, 14 (3): 33402-null.   https://doi.org/10.1007/s11467-019-0882-7
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The anomalous spatial shifts at interface scattering, first studied in geometric optics, recently found their counterparts in the electronic context. It was shown that both longitudinal and transverse shifts, analogous to the Goos–Hänchen and Imbert–Fedorov effects in optics, can exist when electrons are scattered at a junction interface. More interestingly, the shifts are also discovered in the process of Andreev reflection at a normal/superconductor interface. Particularly, for the case with unconventional superconductors, it was discovered that the transverse shift can arise solely from the superconducting pair potential and exhibit characteristic features depending on the pairing. Here, we briefly review the recent works in this field, with an emphasis on the physical picture and theoretical understanding.

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Production cross sections for exotic nuclei with multinucleon transfer reactions
Feng-Shou Zhang, Cheng Li, Long Zhu, Peiwei Wen
Frontiers of Physics    2018, 13 (6): 132113-.   https://doi.org/10.1007/s11467-018-0843-6
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The main progresses in the multinucleon transfer reactions at energies close to the Coulomb barrier are reviewed. After a short presentation of the experimental progress and theoretical progress, the predicted production cross sections for unknown neutron-rich heavy nuclei and the trans-uranium nuclei are presented.

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Transformation devices with optical nihility media and reduced realizations
Lin Xu, Qian-Nan Wu, Yang-Yang Zhou, Huan-Yang Chen
Frontiers of Physics    2019, 14 (4): 42501-null.   https://doi.org/10.1007/s11467-019-0891-6
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Starting from optical nihility media (ONM), we design several intriguing devices with transformation optics method in two dimensions, such as a wave splitter, a concave lens, a field rotator, a concentrator, and an invisibility cloak. Though the extreme anisotropic property of ONM hinders the fabrication of these devices. We demonstrate that those devices could be effectively realized by simplified materials with Fabry–Pérot resonances (FPs) at discrete frequencies. Moreover, we propose a reduced version of simplified materials with FPs to construct a concentrator and a rotator, which is feasible in experimental fabrications. The simulations of total scattering cross-sections confirm their functionalities.

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