Michael Denner receives SPS General Physics Award

Michael Denner receives SPS General Physics Award

For his research on exceptional topological insulators, Michael Denner receives this year’s General Physics Award of the Swiss Physical Society. The work by the Condensed Matter Theory Group of Titus Neupert proposes the analog of a three-dimensional topological insulator in dissipative systems, similarly hosting exotic surface states. Such a phase could for instance describe the…

Innovative cutting tools for high-tech alloys

Innovative cutting tools for high-tech alloys

The Department of Quantum Matter Physics (DQMP), UNIGE has just been awarded a major INNOSUISSE grant for an initiative launched with the Geneva-based company Eskenazi SA, a leader in the manufacture of cutting tools for microtechnology. Founded in 1916 by Marcel Eskenazi, this company is distinguished by its global mastery of cutting tool manufacturing technology,…

Professor Andrea Caviglia awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant

Professor Andrea Caviglia awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant

Andrea Caviglia, full professor at the Department of Quantum Matter physics, UNIGE, has been recognized for the excellence of his work with an ERC Consolidator Grant providing 2 million euros over five years for the QED Materials project – Quantum Electrodynamics of materials. Light plays a fundamental role in the investigation of materials with novel…

Summer internships 2022

Summer internships 2022

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…

SWM 2022

SWM 2022

We are glad to announce that the new edition of the Swiss Workshop on Materials with Novel Electronic Properties will take place in Les Diablerets from August 29th to 31st, 2022. The 2022 SWM is the thirteenth edition of a series of Swiss Workshops organized by MaNEP, formerly the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR)…

A new electrolyte for greener and safer batteries

A new electrolyte for greener and safer batteries

A UNIGE team has developed a new material that improves the performance of solid-state sodium batteries, a less dangerous and more durable alternative to lithium. The future of battery technologies lies in sodium. More sustainable than lithium – which currently powers most of our devices and vehicles – sodium is also abundant on the earth’s surface.…

Driving ferroelectric domain walls towards greater roughness

Driving ferroelectric domain walls towards greater roughness

Ferroelectric domain walls show thermally activated creep and progressively roughen when driven from the edges of planar electrodes, potentially limiting racetrack memory applications in thin films. This research is published in Applied Physics Letters. Domain walls are nanoscale boundaries separating regions with different orientation of polarisation in ferroelectric materials. They can present novel physical properties…

The association has a new president and vice-president

The association has a new president and vice-president

On December 9th 2021, the association MaNEP Switzerland Network met for its 9th Forum Meeting. The president of the board, Prof. Christian Rüegg (PSI, UniGe, ETH Zurich, EPFL), welcomed 20 participants online and reported on the status and activities of the association, for example the MaNEP membership numbers, communications, summer internships sponsored by MaNEP and…

Feedback on Van der Waals materials workshop

Feedback on Van der Waals materials workshop

The Van der Waals materials workshop series serve to keep each other informed of the latest Swiss developments in this field, to create a place to discuss pressing scientific issues, and establish collaborations whenever beneficial. We bring together all interested groups working on Van der Waals materials – from crystal-growers, to spectroscopists, device-makers, and theorists.…

Many-body physics with quantum gases in high-finesse cavities

Many-body physics with quantum gases in high-finesse cavities

By Jean-Philippe Brantut, EPFL and Tilman Esslinger, ETHZ Cavity Quantum Electro-Dynamics (QED) has been one of the most successful platforms for the study of fundamental processes in quantum physics. It allows for the investigation of light-matter interactions including a detailed understanding of dissipation channels. In this article we would like to give a brief introduction to…

SWM 2022

SWM 2022

We are glad to inform our members that the SWM 2022 is scheduled from August 29th to 31st, 2022. The last edition of the SWM, initially planned for August 2021 and delayed due to the pandemic, offers an updated program: 3 days around scientific talks given by world-renowned international speakers and selected abstracts of MaNEP…

A zero bias conductance peak beyond the HTS checkerboard vortex core halo

A zero bias conductance peak beyond the HTS checkerboard vortex core halo

By Ivan Maggio-Aprile, Tim Gazdić, Christoph Renner, UNIGE Based on article published in Physical Review X Magnetic vortices in superconductors are singular objects at the center of which the superconducting order parameter is locally destroyed. As a consequence, the electronic excitations in their cores are expected to be fundamentally different from the ones occurring in the…

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