Novel Materials Research Enabled by SwissFEL

Novel Materials Research Enabled by SwissFEL

By Simon Gerber, Henrik Lemke, Luc Patthey, Urs Staub and Cristian Svetina, Paul Scherrer Institut     The X-ray free-electron laser SwissFEL [1] is PSI’s latest large-scale facility, serves several research areas and is complementary to the other accelerator-based photon source, the Swiss Light Source (SLS) synchrotron [2]. For condensed matter research, SwissFEL operates the Bernina…

9th MaNEP Winter School

9th MaNEP Winter School

We are glad to inform our members that the MaNEP Winter School is scheduled for January 16 to 21, 2022 in Saas-Fee. This 9th edition of the school series, initially planned for January 2021 and delayed due to the pandemic, offers an unchanged program entitled “Hot topics in driven, two-dimensional, and topological matter”. Our PhD students…

Aline Ramires received the UBC Science Early Career Award

Aline Ramires received the UBC Science Early Career Award

Aline Ramires, junior group leader and Ambizione Fellow at the Paul Scherrer Institute, received the Science Early Career Invited Lecture Award from the University of British Columbia.   Dr. Ramires was nominated to the award by Andrea Damascelli, the director of the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute, for her recent key contributions to the understanding…

Laser-induced transient magnons in Sr3Ir2O7 throughout the Brillouin zone

Laser-induced transient magnons in Sr3Ir2O7 throughout the Brillouin zone

By Daniel Mazzone, PSI Based on article published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Ultrafast manipulation of magnetic states holds great promise for progress in our understanding of new quantum states and technical applications. Increasing experimental evidence has shown in recent years that magnetism is suppressed by photodoping, but the exact nature of the…

A quantum magnetic analogue to the critical point of water

A quantum magnetic analogue to the critical point of water

By Frédéric Mila, EPFL Based on article published in Nature In 1822, almost two centuries ago, a French engineer Charles Cagniard de la Tour discovered that above a pressure of 221 bar water does not boil anymore, but forms a single phase that evolves smoothly from densities typical of water at low temperature to densities…

Talk with Fabian von Rohr, Professor, UZH

Talk with Fabian von Rohr, Professor, UZH

What made you decide to become a materials researcher ? Materials are an integral part of modern society. New materials can have a profound impact on our lives, and they are an indispensable component for technological progress. Inventing them has always sparked a particular fascination for me. This fascination still drives me today when we…

Claribel Dominguez obtained a UNIGE Subside tremplin

Claribel Dominguez obtained a UNIGE Subside tremplin

Claribel Dominguez in the group of Prof. Jean-Marc Triscone, University of Geneva, obtained a UNIGE Subside tremplin. Claribel is finishing her PhD working on nickelate superlattices where an interesting coupling mechanism was found in structures made of two nickelates with different metal-insulator transition temperatures. A paper recently published in Nature Materials. This sudside allows female…

Van der Waals materials Workshop – June 24th 2021

Van der Waals materials Workshop – June 24th 2021

The second MaNEP Van der Waals materials workshop will be held online on June 24th, 2021 from 12h45 to 17h. The registration is now open. Please fill the online form before Tuesday 22nd June, 2021. The Van der Waals materials workshop series’ main purpose is to keep each other informed of the latest Swiss developments…

A physics perspective on wound healing

A physics perspective on wound healing

Scientists from UNIGE and UZH have used a statistical physics approach to identify the lengthscales of key intercellular interactions which govern tissue healing.   In material physics understanding how systems interact across the interfaces separating them is of central interest. But can physical models clarify similar concepts in living systems, such as cells? Physicists at…

Philippe Tückmantel received the Springer Theses prize

Philippe Tückmantel received the Springer Theses prize

Each year the Springer Thesis prize is awarded to a PhD work in order to recognise its scientific impact. The thesis of Philippe Tückmantel entitled “Scanning Probe Studies of Structural and Functional Properties of Ferroelectric Domains and Domain Walls”, supervised by Professor Patrycja Paruch was recognised by a Springer Theses prize and published in the…

Ferroelectric nanodomains shed light on universal systems

Ferroelectric nanodomains shed light on universal systems

Earthquakes and avalanches may have devastating consequences, yet are hard to study, occurring only occasionally and often in poorly monitored regions. Fortunately, simpler systems with similar properties can sometimes be investigated efficiently and safely in the laboratory to yield generally applicable results in a phenomenon called universality. New research at the DQMP, University of Geneva…

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