Applied physics

Applied physics is the study of physics for a practical purpose, as opposed to physics motived solely for an improved fundamental understanding. This includes technological advances such as the development of electronics, photonics and device physics, or improving practical investigations, such as experimental nuclear physics and experimental particle physics.

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  • News & Views |

    Organic molecules are increasingly crucial in quantum-optics technologies. An experiment shows how the strong coupling between confined organic molecules and light can improve photon detection at room temperature.

    • Sebastian Klembt
    Nature 597, 483-484
  • News & Views |

    Many plant seeds have shapes that aid their efficient dispersal by wind. Inspired by these seeds, a range of fliers have been constructed that could have applications from environmental monitoring to wireless communication.

    • E. Farrell Helbling
    Nature 597, 480-481
  • Comments & Opinion
    | Open Access

    Emergency action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic led to the removal of financial and regulatory barriers to developing medical technologies. But, as Andrea Armani and Eric Diebold explain, a broader cultural shift in academia can expedite their translation from laboratory benches to real-world use.

    • Andrea M. Armani
    •  & Eric D. Diebold
  • News & Views |

    Light sources known as free-electron lasers can produce intense X-ray radiation for a wide range of applications. The process usually needs huge particle accelerators, but an experiment shows how to overcome this limitation.

    • Luca Giannessi
    Nature 595, 496-497