Low-energy excitations in type-II Weyl semimetal Td-MoTe2 evidenced through optical conductivity

Low-energy excitations in type-II Weyl semimetal Td-MoTe2 evidenced through optical conductivity

By Ana Akrap, Université de Fribourg Based on article published in Physical Review Materials Transition metal dichalcogenides are a rich and diverse family of compounds. In both bulk and few-layer form, transition metal dichalcogenides are intensely studied for many of their interesting properties: excitons, superconductivity, and band-gap tuning by thickness. They are also pursued for their potential…

Denys Sutter has been awarded a BRIDGE grant and a Venture Kick support

Denys Sutter has been awarded a BRIDGE grant and a Venture Kick support

Denys Sutter has been awarded a BRIDGE grant. BRIDGE is a programme developed jointly by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and Innosuisse – the Swiss innovation promotion agency. It creates a new funding offer at the interface between basic and applied research and complements the support provided by these two organisations. Denys Sutter’s project…

9th MaNEP Winter School

9th MaNEP Winter School

In the present wave of event cancellation and postponing, we are glad to inform our members that the steering committee of the MaNEP Association has decided to keep the winter school on the usual schedule. The school will be officially announced and the registrations will be open at the end of June, but we already invite interested…

Simultaneous nodal superconductivity and time-reversal symmetry breaking in the noncentrosymmetric superconductor CaPtAs

Simultaneous nodal superconductivity and time-reversal symmetry breaking in the noncentrosymmetric superconductor CaPtAs

By Tian Shang, Paul Scherrer Institut Based on article published in Physical Review Letters The study of unconventional superconductors is of great interest to the physics community. Complex superconducting ground states can form the basis of novel quantum-field theories and have the potential for applications ranging from particle accelerators to quantum computers.  The ongoing interest in…

Talk with Claude Monney, Professor, Ultrafast Spectroscopy Group, UniFR

Talk with Claude Monney, Professor, Ultrafast Spectroscopy Group, UniFR

Please tell us about your main research interests during these last years? I have started my scientific career doing theory in condensed matter physics during my diploma work. Then I continued with my PhD studies learning about experimental physics with photoemission spectroscopy in Neuchâtel. At that time, my PhD supervisor, Philipp Aebi, found the right…

The LTA, a legacy platform of MaNEP, contributes to the research on the Covid-19

The LTA, a legacy platform of MaNEP, contributes to the research on the Covid-19

To achieve optimal virus detection using surface plasmon resonance (SPR), a leading SPR manufacturer is relying on glass prisms with a high-quality gold thin film sensor custom grown in the LTA laboratory (Fig.1). Basic research provides the basis for subsequent applied research and development. In the same way, instrumentation and expertise tailored for basic research…

SWM 2020 conference postponed

SWM 2020 conference postponed

Given the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemics and in adherence to safety guidelines of the Swiss government, the organizing committee has decided to postpone the SWM2020 conference. The current plan is to hold the workshop in 2021, with dates that have still to be fixed. The MANEP community will be updated in fall with more details. More…

Report on the first van der Waals Materials Meeting

Report on the first van der Waals Materials Meeting

The first in a series of ‘van der Waals Meetings’ took place in Fribourg, during the afternoon of January 24, 2020. It was organized to bring researchers in the field together so as to enhance their collaborations, stimulate new innovative ideas, and increase the competitiveness of Swiss researchers as a whole. Fribourg was chosen as…

Summer internships 2020

Summer internships 2020

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…

Creating custom light using 2D materials

Creating custom light using 2D materials

Researchers from UNIGE and the University of Manchester have discovered structures based on two-dimensional materials that emit tailor-made light in any colour you could wish for. Finding new semi-conductor materials that emit light is essential for developing a wide range of electronic devices. But making artificial structures that emit light tailored to our specific needs…

Unconventional Superconductivity – Forty years of exciting developments

Unconventional Superconductivity – Forty years of exciting developments

By Manfred Sigrist, ETHZ This year in May the 25th anniversary of the discovery of Sr2RuO4 was celebrated with a dedicated workshop at ETH Zurich. Sr2RuO4 has been the second superconductor found in the class of perovskite transition metal oxides after the cuprates and has ever since played an important role in the field of…

Measuring the oxygen positions in an ultra thin film by XRD

Measuring the oxygen positions in an ultra thin film by XRD

By Jennifer Fowlie Based on article published in Nano Letters X-ray diffraction is a ubiquitous tool used in many areas of physical sciences for determining the structure of matter. There are two particular experimental challenges in measuring an x-ray diffraction signal; samples that are of too small a volume and atoms that are of too…

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