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…

Three years after begin of the civil construction, the SwissFEL enters its commissioning phase!

Three years after begin of the civil construction, the SwissFEL enters its commissioning phase!

by Luc Patthey, PSI (Paul Scherrer Institut) The new Swiss Free Electron Laser facility SwissFEL is a unique light source which will provide new opportunities for cutting-edge research, and aims at providing solutions to important scientific and technological challenges facing modern society in the fields of Matter and Materials, Energy and the Environment, and Human Health.  SwissFEL…

Marta Gibert receives the Swiss Physical Society (SPS) prize

Marta Gibert receives the Swiss Physical Society (SPS) prize

Marta Gibert receives the Swiss Physical Society (SPS) Prize sponsored by IBM for her research on magnetic coupling at oxide interfaces, particularly in the interface engineering of heterostructures combining nickelates and manganites. The results led to the publications: “Exchange bias in LaNiO3–LaMnO3 superlattices“, M. Gibert, et al., Nature Materials 11, 195 (2012). “Interfacial Control of Magnetic Properties…

Selectively conductive or insulating

Selectively conductive or insulating

Some materials hold surprising — and possibly useful — properties: Neodymium nickel oxide is either a metal or an insulator, depending on temperature. This characteristic makes the material a potential candidate for transistors in modern electronic devices. To understand how neodymium nickel oxide makes the transition from metal to insulator and vice versa, researchers at…

7th MaNEP Winter School on Quantum materials at the nanoscale

7th MaNEP Winter School on Quantum materials at the nanoscale

January 8-13, 2017, in Saas-Fee, Switzerland Quantum Materials at the Nanoscale The school aims at a broad introduction to topics of current interest in condensed-matter physics. This year, a special focus is put on nanoscale phenomena in quantum materials, especially on local probes investigating such materials at the nanoscale. Three long lectures will provide an…

Observation of Fermi arcs in the type-II Weyl semimetal MoTe2

Observation of Fermi arcs in the type-II Weyl semimetal MoTe2

Crystalline solids have particlelike, low-energy excitations — so-called quasiparticles — that describe collective states of many electrons interacting with the atomic nuclei. In 2015, scientists predicted the existence of an exotic new quasiparticle, dubbed a type-II Weyl fermion, that breaks the Lorentz invariance of special relativity and has no direct analog in the standard model…

Superconductivity: after the scenario, the staging

Superconductivity: after the scenario, the staging

Superconductivity with a high critical temperature (high Tc) continues to present a theoretical mystery. While this phenomenon is experimentally well established, no scientist has managed to explain its mechanism. In the late 90’s, the British physicist Anthony Leggett proposed a scenario based on the Coulomb energy. Today, researchers at the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland,…

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