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Paper of the Week – Laue: right or wrong?
In 1912, Laue spots were discovered in x-ray scattering 'photograms' of crystals, which were amongst the most consequential experimental findings of the 20th century. Laue, a protégé of Planck and a wave-optics expert, had theoretically predicted these spots, and promptly won the Physics Nobel Prize for 1914. The prize did not come easy: executing his experimentum cruces, over the judgments of Sommerfeld and Wien, required force of will and a certain amount of diplomacy. Besides, his explanation for missing spots and x-ray diffraction were proven wrong by Moseley, Darwin and the two Braggs. Yet, Laue stimulated countless breakthroughs: Nobel Prizes and scientific innovations, with an enduring legacy of inspiration a century later.

Highlights of 2014
Don't miss our new collection of papers, celebrating the research that was published with us last year. All the papers are free to read until 31 December 2015.

Proceedings of Quantum Theory: Advances and Problems - QTAP, Linnaeus University, Sweden, June 10-13, 2013
The proceedings of this conference that was held in Sweden in June 2013, are now available as a Topical Issue of Physica Scripta. The articles in this issue will be free to read online until the end of March 2015.

ASOS-11 special issue now available
Selected papers from the Eleventh International Colloquium on Atomic Spectra and Oscillator Strengths for Astrophysical and Laboratory Plasmas (Mons, Belgium, 5-9 August 2013) are now available as a special section of Physica Scripta

Virtual issue: Emerging technologies and the future of humanity
This virtual issue of Physica Scripta grew out of the one-day meeting 'Emerging technologies and the future of humanity' that took place on March 17, 2014, at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. The backdrop of the discussions at the meeting is the realization that technologies developed in the next few decades can have profound influence on the future of humanity.

Photonica'13 Topical Issue now available
Papers from the 4th International School and Conference on Photonics (PHOTONICA'13) that took place in the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Belgrade, Serbia, from 26–30 August 2013, are now available as a Topical Issue of Physica Scripta. A selection of the best work has been made free to read until the end of January 2015.

Crystallography and the Gregori Aminoff Prize
To mark the fact that 2014 has been designated the 'International Year of Crystallography', Physica Scripta will be publishing a virtual issue containing Invited Comments on the history of crystallography, as well as autobiographical articles from some of the current and previous winners of the Gregori Aminoff Prize. You can read the first papers published in this virtual issue here.

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