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Atomic, molecular & optical physics

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News

Tunable plasmon laser could sniff out cancer

Liquid gain material could turn tiny lasers into chemical and biological sensors

Diamond cavity boosts magnetic-field detection

New sensor could be used to study the brain and heart

Crystal-handedness revealed by twisted electron beams

New electron-microscopy technique could measure chirality of single molecules

Graphene sandwich squares away ice

New research reveals a previously unknown phase of ice

In depth

Fight over light

Robert P Crease examines why Goethe so savagely attacked Newton's views on optics

Bringing the quantum to life

Jim Al-Khalili and Johnjoe McFadden's primer on quantum biology hits the mark with Marta Varela

Filling the world with light

Nobel laureate Shuji Nakamura on winning the prize and what comes next

Meet the kaleidoholics

Robert P Crease stumbles into the incredible world of a "philosophical toy" that’s 200 years old