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  • RESEARCH ARTICLE
    Bing-Bing Li, Xin-Hua Ma, Shu-Wang Cui, Hao-Kun Chen, Tian-Lu Chen, Danzengluobu, Wei Gao, Hai-Bing Hu, Denis Kuleshov, Kirill Kurinov, Hu Liu, Mao-Yuan Liu, Ye Liu, Da-Yu Peng, Yao-Hui Qi, Oleg Shchegolev, Yuri Stenkin, Li-Qiao Yin, Heng-Yu Zhang, Liang-Wei Zhang
    Frontiers of Physics, 2024, 19(4): 44200. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11467-023-1383-2

    By accurately measuring composition and energy spectrum of cosmic ray, the origin problem of so called “knee” region (energy > one PeV) can be solved. However, up to the present, the results of the spectrum in the knee region obtained by several previous experiments have shown obvious differences, so they cannot give effective evidence for judging the theoretical models on the origin of the knee. Recently, the Large High Altitude Air Shower Observatory (LHAASO) has reported several major breakthroughs and important results in astro-particle physics field. Relying on its advantages of wide-sky survey, high altitude location and large area detector arrays, the research content of LHAASO experiment mainly includes ultra high-energy gamma-ray astronomy, measurement of cosmic ray spectra in the knee region, searching for dark matter and new phenomena of particle physics at higher energy. The electron and thermal neutron detector (EN-Detector) is a new scintillator detector which applies thermal neutron detection technology to measure cosmic ray extensive air shower (EAS). This technology is an extension of LHAASO. The EN-Detector Array (ENDA) can highly efficiently measure thermal neutrons generated by secondary hadrons so called “skeleton” of EAS. In this paper, we perform the optimization of ENDA configuration, and obtain expectations on the ENDA results, including thermal neutron distribution, trigger efficiency and capability of cosmic ray composition separation. The obtained real data results are consistent with those by the Monte Carlo simulation.

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    Junrong Zhang, Cheng Chen, Yanming Wang, Yang Lu, Honghong Li, Xingang Hou, Yaning Liang, Long Fang, Du Xiang, Kai Zhang, Junyong Wang
    Frontiers of Physics, 2024, 19(4): 43203. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11467-023-1376-1

    The low-dimensional light source shows promise in photonic integrated circuits. Stable layered van der Waals material that exhibits luminescence in the near-infrared optical communication waveband is an essential component in on-chip light sources. Herein, the tunable near-infrared photoluminescence (PL) of the air-stable layered titanium trisulfide (TiS3) is reported. Compared with iodine particles as a transport agent, TiS3 grown by chemical vapor transport using sulfur powder as a transport agent has fewer sulfur vacancies, which increases the luminescence intensity by an order of magnitude. The PL emission wavelength can be regulated in the near-infrared regime by thickness control. In addition, we observed an interesting anisotropic strain response of PL in layered TiS3 nanoribbon: a blue shift of PL was achieved when the uniaxial tensile strain was applied along the b-axis, while a negligible shift was observed when the strain was applied along the a-axis. Our work reveals the tunable near-infrared luminescent properties of TiS3 nanoribbons, suggesting their potential applications as near-infrared light sources in photonic integrated circuits.

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    Xu-Dan Xie, Zheng-Yuan Xue, Dan-Bo Zhang
    Frontiers of Physics, 2024, 19(4): 41202. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11467-023-1382-3

    Solving non-Hermitian quantum many-body systems on a quantum computer by minimizing the variational energy is challenging as the energy can be complex. Here, we propose a variational quantum algorithm for solving the non-Hermitian Hamiltonian by minimizing a type of energy variance, where zero variance can naturally determine the eigenvalues and the associated left and right eigenstates. Moreover, the energy is set as a parameter in the cost function and can be tuned to scan the whole spectrum efficiently by using a two-step optimization scheme. Through numerical simulations, we demonstrate the algorithm for preparing the left and right eigenstates, verifying the biorthogonal relations, as well as evaluating the observables. We also investigate the impact of quantum noise on our algorithm and show that its performance can be largely improved using error mitigation techniques. Therefore, our work suggests an avenue for solving non-Hermitian quantum many-body systems with variational quantum algorithms on near-term noisy quantum computers.

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    Kaifan Zhang, Weiran Song, Zongyu Hou, Zhe Wang
    Frontiers of Physics, 2024, 19(4): 42203. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11467-023-1380-5

    Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) is regarded as the future superstar for analytical chemistry and widely applied in various fields. Improving the quality of LIBS signal is fundamental to achieving accurate quantification and large-scale commercialization of LIBS. To propose control methods that improve LIBS signal quality, it is essential to have a comprehensive understanding of the influence of key parameters, such as ambient gas pressure, temperature, and sample temperature on LIBS signals. To date, extensive research has been carried out. However, different researchers often yield significantly different experimental results for LIBS, preventing the formation of consistent conclusions. This greatly prevents the understanding of influencing laws of key parameters and the improvement of LIBS quantitative performance. Taking ambient gas pressure as an example, this paper compares the effects of ambient gas pressure under different optimization conditions, reveals the influence of spatiotemporal window caused by inherent characteristics of LIBS signal sources, i.e., intense temporal changes and spatial non-uniformity of laser-induced plasmas, on the impact patterns of key parameters. From the perspective of plasma spatiotemporal evolution, the paper elucidates the influence patterns of ambient gas pressure on LIBS signals, clarifying seemingly contradictory research results in the literature.

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    B. Li, D. Vretenar, T. Nikšić, J. Zhao, P. W. Zhao, J. Meng
    Frontiers of Physics, 2024, 19(4): 44201. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11467-023-1381-4

    The generalized time-dependent generator coordinate method (TD-GCM) is extended to include pairing correlations. The correlated GCM nuclear wave function is expressed in terms of time-dependent generator states and weight functions. The particle−hole channel of the effective interaction is determined by a Hamiltonian derived from an energy density functional, while pairing is treated dynamically in the standard BCS approximation with time-dependent pairing tensor and single-particle occupation probabilities. With the inclusion of pairing correlations, various time-dependent phenomena in open-shell nuclei can be described more realistically. The model is applied to the description of saddle-to-scission dynamics of induced fission. The generalized TD-GCM charge yields and total kinetic energy distribution for the fission of 240Pu, are compared to those obtained using the standard time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) approach, and with available data.

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    Ran Ma, Qiuhong Tan, Peizhi Yang, Yingkai Liu, Qianjin Wang
    Frontiers of Physics, 2024, 19(4): 43204. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11467-023-1374-3

    Two-dimensional (2D) transition metal dichalcogenides have been extensively studied due to their fascinating physical properties for constructing high-performance photodetectors. However, their relatively low responsivities, current on/off ratios and response speeds have hindered their widespread application. Herein, we fabricated a high-performance photodetector based on few-layer MoTe2 and CdS0.42Se0.58 flake heterojunctions. The photodetector exhibited a high responsivity of 7221 A/W, a large current on/off ratio of 1.73×104, a fast response speed of 90/120 μs, external quantum efficiency (EQE) reaching up to 1.52×106 % and detectivity (D*) reaching up to 1.67×1015 Jones. The excellent performance of the heterojunction photodetector was analyzed by a photocurrent mapping test and first-principle calculations. Notably, the visible light imaging function was successfully attained on the MoTe2/CdS0.42Se0.58 photodetectors, indicating that the device had practical imaging application prospects. Our findings provide a reference for the design of ultrahigh-performance MoTe2-based photodetectors.

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    Si-Ping Zhang, Jia-Qi Dong, Hui-Yu Zhang, Yi-Xuan Lü, Jue Wang, Zi-Gang Huang
    Frontiers of Physics, 2024, 19(4): 40201. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11467-023-1378-z

    Whether the complex game system composed of a large number of artificial intelligence (AI) agents empowered with reinforcement learning can produce extremely favorable collective behaviors just through the way of agent self-exploration is a matter of practical importance. In this paper, we address this question by combining the typical theoretical model of resource allocation system, the minority game model, with reinforcement learning. Each individual participating in the game is set to have a certain degree of intelligence based on reinforcement learning algorithm. In particular, we demonstrate that as AI agents gradually becomes familiar with the unknown environment and tries to provide optimal actions to maximize payoff, the whole system continues to approach the optimal state under certain parameter combinations, herding is effectively suppressed by an oscillating collective behavior which is a self-organizing pattern without any external interference. An interesting phenomenon is that a first-order phase transition is revealed based on some numerical results in our multi-agents system with reinforcement learning. In order to further understand the dynamic behavior of agent learning, we define and analyze the conversion path of belief mode, and find that the self-organizing condensation of belief modes appeared for the given trial and error rates in the AI system. Finally, we provide a detection method for period-two oscillation collective pattern emergence based on the Kullback−Leibler divergence and give the parameter position where the period-two appears.

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    P. M. Marychev, A. A. Shanenko, A. V. Vagov
    Frontiers of Physics, 2024, 19(4): 43205. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11467-023-1379-y

    Nonmagnetic impurity scattering is known to shift up the Ginzburg−Landau parameter κ of a superconductor. In this case, when the system is initially in type I, it can change its magnetic response, crossing the intertype domain with κ1 between the two standard superconductivity types and arriving at type II. In the present work we demonstrate that the impact of disorder can be much more profound in the presence of the multiband structure of the charge carrier states. In particular, when the band diffusivities differ from each other, the intertype domain tends to expand significantly, including points with κ1 that belong to deep type-II in conventional single-band superconductors. Our finding sheds light on the nontrivial disorder effect and significantly complements earlier results on the enlargement of the intertype domain in clean multiband superconductors.

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    Zhexi He, Yifan Zhao, Yujing Du, Meng Zhao, Yuxuan Jiang, Ming Liu, Ziyao Zhou
    Frontiers of Physics, 2024, 19(4): 43206. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11467-023-1377-0

    Flexible electronics/spintronics attracts researchers’ attention for their application potential abroad in wearable devices, healthcare, and other areas. Those devices’ performance (speed, energy consumption) is highly dependent on manipulating information bits (spin-orientation in flexible spintronics). In this work, we established an organic photovoltaic (OPV)/ZnO/Pt/Co/Pt heterostructure on flexible PET substrates with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA). Under sunlight illumination, the photoelectrons generated from the OPV layer transfer into the PMA heterostructure, then they reduce the PMA strength by enhancing the interfacial Rashba field accordingly. The coercive field (Hc) reduces from 800 Oe to 500 Oe at its maximum, and the magnetization can be switched up and down reversibly. The stability of sunlight control of magnetization reversal under various bending conditions is also tested for flexible spintronic applications. Lastly, the voltage output of sunlight-driven PMA is achieved in our prototype device, exhibiting an excellent angular dependence and opening a door towards solar-driven flexible spintronics with much lower energy consumption.

  • RESEARCH ARTICLE
    V. A. Tomilin, L. V. Il’ichov
    Frontiers of Physics, 2024, 19(4): 41201. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11467-023-1375-2

    We present a novel feedback control method for quantum systems. Feedback does not affect the controlled system itself. Instead, it controls the unravelling of the quantum channel of interaction between the system and its environment. This interaction can be represented as a history of events. If their informational content is changed, their back-action on the system is also modified. Feedback action is trigged by the events, thus granting the system the degree of control over its own state. The efficiency of the proposed scheme is demonstrated on the example of two-mode atomic Bose-Einstein condensate, with one of its modes subject to phase-contrast imaging in a Mach−Zehnder interferometer. The histories of photocounts in the output channels of the interferometer are used for feedback. Its capabilities of state engineering are studied for different settings of the feedback loop and different numbers of events in the recorded histories.

  • RESEARCH ARTICLE
    Xiuye Liu, Jianhua Zeng
    Frontiers of Physics, 2024, 19(4): 42201. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11467-023-1370-7

    Periodic structures structured as photonic crystals and optical lattices are fascinating for nonlinear waves engineering in the optics and ultracold atoms communities. Moiré photonic and optical lattices — two-dimensional twisted patterns lie somewhere in between perfect periodic structures and aperiodic ones — are a new emerging investigative tool for studying nonlinear localized waves of diverse types. Herein, a theory of two-dimensional spatial localization in nonlinear periodic systems with fractional-order diffraction (linear nonlocality) and moiré optical lattices is investigated. Specifically, the flat-band feature is well preserved in shallow moiré optical lattices which, interact with the defocusing nonlinearity of the media, can support fundamental gap solitons, bound states composed of several fundamental solitons, and topological states (gap vortices) with vortex charge s = 1 and 2, all populated inside the finite gaps of the linear Bloch-wave spectrum. Employing the linear-stability analysis and direct perturbed simulations, the stability and instability properties of all the localized gap modes are surveyed, highlighting a wide stability region within the first gap and a limited one (to the central part) for the third gap. The findings enable insightful studies of highly localized gap modes in linear nonlocality (fractional) physical systems with shallow moiré patterns that exhibit extremely flat bands.

  • RESEARCH ARTICLE
    Chaowei He, Jiantian Zhang, Li Gong, Peng Yu
    Frontiers of Physics, 2024, 19(4): 43202. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11467-023-1369-0

    Two-dimensional (2D) ferroelectric materials, which possess electrically switchable spontaneous polarization and can be easily integrated with semiconductor technologies, is of utmost importance in the advancement of high-integration low-power nanoelectronics. Despite the experimental discovery of certain 2D ferroelectric materials such as CuInP2S6 and In2Se3, achieving stable ferroelectricity at room temperature in these materials continues to present a significant challenge. Herein, stable ferroelectric order at room temperature in the 2D limit is demonstrated in van der Waals SnP2S6 atom layers, which can be fabricated via mechanical exfoliation of bulk SnP2S6 crystals. Switchable polarization is observed in thin SnP2S6 of ~7 nm. Importantly, a van der Waals ferroelectric field-effect transistor (Fe-FET) with ferroelectric SnP2S6 as top-gate insulator and p-type WTe0.6Se1.4 as the channel was designed and fabricated successfully, which exhibits a clear clockwise hysteresis loop in transfer characteristics, demonstrating ferroelectric properties of SnP2S6 atomic layers. In addition, a multilayer graphene/SnP2S6/multilayer graphene van der Waals vertical heterostructure phototransistor was also fabricated successfully, exhibiting improved optoelectronic performances with a responsivity (R) of 2.9 A/W and a detectivity (D) of 1.4 × 1012 Jones. Our results show that SnP2S6 is a promising 2D ferroelectric material for ferroelectric-integrated low-power 2D devices.

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    Renfei Zheng, Jieli Qin, Bing Chen, Xingdong Zhao, Lu Zhou
    Frontiers of Physics, 2024, 19(3): 32204. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11467-023-1372-5

    Atom interferometer has been proven to be a powerful tool for precision metrology. Here we propose a cavity-aided nonlinear atom interferometer, based on the quasi-periodic spin mixing dynamics of an atomic spin-1 Bose−Einstein condensate trapped in an optical cavity. We unravel that the phase sensitivity can be greatly enhanced with the cavity-mediated nonlinear interaction. The influence of encoding phase, splitting time and recombining time on phase sensitivity are carefully studied. In addition, we demonstrate a dynamical phase transition in the system. Around the criticality, a small cavity light field variation can arouse a strong response of the atomic condensate, which can serve as a new resource for enhanced sensing. This work provides a robust protocol for cavity-enhanced metrology.

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    Zhanlei Hao, Haojie Chen, Yuhang Yin, Cheng-Wei Qiu, Shan Zhu, Huanyang Chen
    Frontiers of Physics, 2024, 19(4): 42202. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11467-023-1371-6

    Vortex wave and plane wave, as two most fundamental forms of wave propagation, are widely applied in various research fields. However, there is currently a lack of basic mechanism to enable arbitrary conversion between them. In this paper, we propose a new paradigm of extremely anisotropic acoustic metasurface (AM) to achieve the efficient conversion from 2D vortex waves with arbitrary orbital angular momentum (OAM) to plane waves. The underlying physics of this conversion process is ensured by the symmetry shift of AM medium parameters and the directional compensation of phase. Moreover, this novel phenomenon is further verified by analytical calculations, numerical demonstrations, and acoustic experiments, and the deflection angle and direction of the converted plane waves are qualitatively and quantitatively confirmed by a simple formula. Our work provides new possibilities for arbitrary manipulation of acoustic vortex, and holds potential applications in acoustic communication and OAM-based devices.

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    Youzhi Shi, Zuhai Ma, Hongyu Chen, Yougang Ke, Yu Chen, Xinxing Zhou
    Frontiers of Physics, 2024, 19(3): 32205. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11467-023-1373-4

    Vortex beam with fractional orbital angular momentum (FOAM) is the excellent candidate for improving the capacity of free-space optical (FSO) communication system due to its infinite modes. Therefore, the recognition of FOAM modes with higher resolution is always of great concern. In this work, through an improved EfficientNetV2 based convolutional neural network (CNN), we experimentally achieve the implementation of the recognition of FOAM modes with a resolution as high as 0.001. To the best of our knowledge, it is the first time this high resolution has been achieved. Under the strong atmospheric turbulence (AT) ( Cn2= 1015m2/3), the recognition accuracy of FOAM modes at 0.1 and 0.01 resolution with our model is up to 99.12% and 92.24% for a long transmission distance of 2000 m. Even for the resolution at 0.001, the recognition accuracy can still remain at 78.77%. This work provides an effective method for the recognition of FOAM modes, which may largely improve the channel capacity of the free-space optical communication.