On-demand control of terahertz and infrared waves

On-demand control of terahertz and infrared waves

Researchers from the University of Geneva and the University of Manchester have confirmed experimentally the theory of very strong magneto-optical resonance in graphene. The ability to control infrared and terahertz waves using magnetic or electric fields is one of the great challenges in physics that could revolutionise opto-electronics, telecommunications and medical diagnostics. A theory from…

Talk with Ana Akrap MaNEP Member, Professor at the University of Fribourg

Talk with Ana Akrap MaNEP Member, Professor at the University of Fribourg

Please tell us about your professional background and your main research interests ? I’m an experimental condensed matter physicist. I study the interaction of light and matter, in order to understand and uncover new and exciting physics in materials both old and new. The main focus of my research are special kinds of materials in…

Parental Control of Mott-Insulating La2CuO4

Parental Control of Mott-Insulating La2CuO4

by Johan Chang, University of Zürich based on an article published in Nature Communications Exposed to pressure, the lattice parameters of a material generally shrink. In turn, the electronic nearest neighbour hopping integral t increases, due to larger orbital overlap. In a Mott insulator this enhancement can trigger a bandwidth-controlled insulator-to-metal transition. Indeed, the ratio, U/t, of…

8th MaNEP winter school took place in Saas Fee

8th MaNEP winter school took place in Saas Fee

On the 3rd week of January 2019, 67 participants forming a broad distribution from the Swiss universities, together with a fair 20% of foreign attendees, were welcomed by the Zurbriggen family in Saas Fee for the 8th MaNEP winter school. The program committee lead by Johan Chang had cooked up an attractive program around the trendy themes…

Jennifer Fowlie received the Springer Thesis prize

Jennifer Fowlie received the Springer Thesis prize

Each year the Springer Thesis prize is awarded to a PhD work in order to recognise its scientific impact. This year, the 2018 prize in the field of physics was received by Jennifer Fowlie, who completed her PhD studies entitled “Electronic and structural properties of lanthanum nickelate-based heterostructures” in the group of Professor Jean-Marc Triscone…

Summer internships 2019

Summer internships 2019

The MaNEP Network offers 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…

Call for Nominations Swiss Science Prize Marcel Benoist

Call for Nominations Swiss Science Prize Marcel Benoist

Since 1920, the top science prize for researchers in Switzerland has honoured internationally recognised scientists for the importance and quality of their work. The prize is now awarded in different disciplines on a rotating basis, a system introduced in 2018. This year, a prizewinner will be sought in the fields of mathematics, natural sciences and…

Single crystal growth in Switzerland – a flash back and outlook

Single crystal growth in Switzerland – a flash back and outlook

By Prof. László Forró, EPFL Materials are the linchpin of technological progress. All energy related applications like photovoltaics, fuel cells, thermoelectrics, (harvesting, storing and transmitting) heavily depend on new, more performant materials. Even the success of energy production by nuclear fusion crucially relies on finding compounds that can withstand high doses of irradiation. Information technologies are…

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