Superconductivity and the PhysiScope at Swissnex Boston

Superconductivity and the PhysiScope at Swissnex Boston

Superconductivity was the guest of Swissnex at the Cambridge science festival near Boston (USA), last April, thanks to the Physiscope of UNIGE. Many people experienced superconductivity’s surprising properties such as levitation and pinning effect. The Physiscope’s team especially showcased a flywheel able to store mechanical energy and convert it into electricity during consumption peaks; as…

Summer internships 2017

Summer internships 2017

MaNEP Network organizes summer internships for 3rd and 4th year students in physics. It is a unique opportunity to work for a month this summer in one of the top research teams affiliated to the MaNEP Network while receiving a financial support. Interested ? Click here to see all the details and to contact the…

Elastic properties measured by thermal diffuse x-ray scattering

Elastic properties measured by thermal diffuse x-ray scattering

by Björn Wehinger, Department of Quantum Matter Physics, University of Geneva based on an article published in Physical Review Letters Physicists from the University of Geneva and the European Synchrotron discovered how to obtain the full elasticity tensor from a single crystal diffraction experiment. Measurements of thermal diffuse scattering revealed that the complete set of…

Tuning magnetic spirals with chemical disorder beyond room temperature

Tuning magnetic spirals with chemical disorder beyond room temperature

by Mickaël Morin and  Marisa Medarde, Paul Scherrer Institut based on an article published in Nature Communications In the past years, magnetism-driven ferroelectricity has been reported in a number of frustrated magnets with spiral magnetic orders. Such materials are of high current interest due to their potential for spintronics and low-power magnetoelectric devices. However, their low…

EUCAS 2017 in Geneva

EUCAS 2017 in Geneva

EUCAS 2017 in Geneva By Luca Bottura, CERN The 13th European Conference on Applied Superconductivity, EUCAS 2017, will be held 17-21 September 2017 in the International Conference Centre of Geneva (CICG), hosted by CERN in collaboration with the University of Geneva and EPFL-SPC. Full details about the conference scope and program can be found at http://www.eucas2017.org/.…

Marta Gibert and Ana Akrap obtain a SNFS professorship

Marta Gibert and Ana Akrap obtain a SNFS professorship

Congratulations to Marta Gibert and Ana Akrap at the Department of Quantum Matter Physics, University of Geneva who have obtained a SNFS professorship grant. Marta Gibert has received the grant with a project on Functional oxide heterostructures by design. She will be appointed as professor at the University of Zürich. Her research interests are in…

Towards mastering terahertz waves ?

Towards mastering terahertz waves ?

The terahertz waves span frequency ranges between the infrared spectrum (used, for example, for night vision) and gigahertz waves (which find their application, among other, in Wi-Fi connections). Terahertz waves allow for the detection of materials that are undetectable at other frequencies. However, the use of these waves is severely limited by the absence of…

5th German-Swiss Joint Conference on Crystal Growth

5th German-Swiss Joint Conference on Crystal Growth

The 5th German-Swiss Joint Conference on Crystal Growth will be held from the 8th to the 10th of March 2017 at the University of Freiburg (Germany). The conference is organised by the German Association for Crystal Growth (DGKK) and the Swiss Society for Crystallography (SSCr), and endorsed by MaNEP. Both societies aim at relaunching the…

Topical meeting on Topological Quantum Phenomena: a successful event

Topical meeting on Topological Quantum Phenomena: a successful event

by Johan Chang, Hugo Dil and Titus Neupert More than 50 physicists, from all over Switzerland, joined the topical MaNEP meeting on topological quantum phenomena, at the University of Zurich on November 21-22, 2016. The meeting – held over two days at the Irchel campus of the University of Zurich – brought together experimentalists and…

Optical switching of antiferromagnetism

Optical switching of antiferromagnetism

      by Sebastian Manz and Manfred Fiebig, ETH Zürich based on an article published in Nature Photonics Antiferromagnetism is magnetic order, yet without a macroscopic magnetization as in iron. The absence of the field has interesting technological potential, but it also makes the antiferromagnetic state harder to control and set in a certain direction.…

Metal with chains

Metal with chains

by Tomáš Bzdušek, Department of Physics, ETH Zürich based on an article published in Nature The microscopic distinction between ordinary insulators and metals is understood since the early years of quantum mechanics by the so-called band theory. Semimetals form a natural boundary between the two, and they attracted much attention in recent years due to their unusual…

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