Iris Crassee receives InnoSciences Award

Iris Crassee receives InnoSciences Award

Dr. Iris Crassee has become laureate of the InnoSciences Award from the Science Innovation Hub of the Faculty of Sciences. This award supports selected projects by providing the laureates office and laboratory spaces in an academic/entrepreneurial environment. The project of Iris Crassee is to develop a new functionality to the RefFIT software, which is to…

Scrambled supersolids

Scrambled supersolids

Supersolids are fluid and solid at the same time. Physicists from Innsbruck and Geneva have for the first time investigated what happens when such a state is brought out of balance. They discovered a soft form of a solid of high interest for science. As the researchers led by Francesca Ferlaino and Thierry Giamarchi report…

Edoardo Martino received the 2020 EPFL Physics Doctoral Thesis Award

Edoardo Martino received the 2020 EPFL Physics Doctoral Thesis Award

Edoardo Martino PhD student at the EPFL received the 2020 EPFL Physics Doctoral Thesis Award (EDPY Award) for his Thesis: “Electrons leave the flatland: out-of-plane charge dynamics in layered materials” under the supervision of Prof. László Forró and Prof. Ana Akrap, and in close collaboration with the team of Prof. Philip Moll. Founded in 2014,…

Discovery and design of novel materials in silico: current state of the field

Discovery and design of novel materials in silico: current state of the field

By Prof. Oleg Yazyev, EPFL First-principles computer simulations are playing a crucial role in condensed matter physics for already several decades. The application domain of such computations is currently undergoing dramatic extension enabled by automated computational workflows, open science culture, machine learning and other recent developments. In this Scientific Perspective, I would like to express…

Length scales of interfacial coupling between metal and insulator phases in oxides

Length scales of interfacial coupling between metal and insulator phases in oxides

By Claribel Dominguez, UNIGE Based on article published in Nature Materials Understanding the mechanisms that control the metal-to-insulator transition in correlated electron systems is one of important challenges in condensed matter physics. Remarkably, little is known about the characteristic lengths scale over which a metallic or insulating region can be established and the physics that…

Record high-field superconductivity in MgB2: new perspectives for magnet technology

Record high-field superconductivity in MgB2: new perspectives for magnet technology

The quest for energy-efficient high-field magnets passes through the progress made on practical superconductors. Scientists from the Department of Quantum Matter Physics (UNIGE), the Laboratory of Advanced Technology – LTA (UNIGE, HES-SO Genève), and the Laboratoire des Champs Magnétiques Intenses of Grenoble (F) have recently shed light on the mechanisms that enhance the upper critical…

Talk with Mitali Banerjee, Professor, EPFL

Talk with Mitali Banerjee, Professor, EPFL

What have been your primary field of research and your most surprising scientific finding during these last years ? I am an experimental physicist working in the world of two-dimension of solid state, namely, conductors, semiconductors, and insulators, at ultra-low temperature close to the absolute zero, and under the influence of very high magnetic fields…

Fractional antiferromagnetic skyrmion lattice induced by anisotropic couplings

Fractional antiferromagnetic skyrmion lattice induced by anisotropic couplings

By Oksana Zaharko, Paul Scherrer Institute Based on article published in Nature Magnetic skyrmions, swirling configurations with topological properties, typically exhibit nearly parallel alignment for neighbouring spins. Such particles with antiparallel near spins can be more easily controlled and are interesting for spintronic applications. By combining neutron scattering experiments with extensive Monto Carlo simulations we identify…

9th MaNEP Winter School postponed

9th MaNEP Winter School postponed

The recent surge of COVID-19 propagation in Switzerland and Europe makes it impossible to maintain the Saas-Fee school as originally planned in January 2021. After considering different options, the organizers, program committee, and MaNEP board members have decided to postpone the school by one year, tentatively keeping the scientific program unchanged. The option of an…

The Laboratory of Advanced Technology receives the UNIGE innovation medal

The Laboratory of Advanced Technology receives the UNIGE innovation medal

The Laboratory of Advanced Technology received the Innovation Medal from the University of Geneva (UNIGE). During the Dies Academicus ceremony on the 9th of October 2020, Christoph Renner, Gilles Triscone, Jérémie Teyssier and Nicolas Stucki received the medal from the Rector. This distinction crowns a creative initiative that grew out of the NCCR MaNEP, and…

Making disorder for an ideal battery

Making disorder for an ideal battery

Manufacturing safer, more powerful batteries that use geopolitically stable resources requires solid electrolytes and replacing lithium with sodium. A chemical solution is now being offered to battery developers. The lithium batteries that power our electronic devices and electric vehicles have a number of drawbacks. The electrolyte – the medium that enables electrons and positive charges to…

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