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The apparent inner calm of quantum materials

The apparent inner calm of quantum materials

Transitions between different phases of matter are part of our day-to-day lives: when water freezes, for example, it passes from liquid to solid state. Some of these transitions may be of a different kind, resulting from so-called topological excitations that force all the particles to act in unison. Researchers from the University of Geneva (UNIGE)…

When superconductivity disappears in the core of a quantum tube

When superconductivity disappears in the core of a quantum tube

Predicting the behaviour of electrons in a material is not easily done. Physicists from the University of Geneva (UNIGE), ETH Zurich and EPFL replaced the electrons with ultra-cold neutral lithium atoms that they had circulated in a one-dimensional quantum tube. The scientists were then able to confirm an unusual state of matter that retains its…

The complex effect of strain on the structure of perovskite vanadates

The complex effect of strain on the structure of perovskite vanadates

Scilight from AIP Publishing is talking about a recent publication of Hugo Meley and coworkers in APL Materials. Moving from discovering physical properties to the ability to tailor them requires precise understanding and mastery of materials fabrication. This study unveils how the substrate affects the growth of crystalline vanadate thin films and the arrangement of their…

Spotlight of FCC on Applied Superconductivity at DQMP

Spotlight of FCC on Applied Superconductivity at DQMP

A spotlight on the activities of the Group of Applied Superconductivity of the DQMP led by Prof. Carmine Senatore was posted on the official website of the Future Circular Collider (FCC) study at CERN. “Spotlight On” is the regular news series about EuroCirCol partners within the FCC study. The objective of EuroCirCol project is to…

Professor Jean-Marc awarded an honorary doctorate

Professor Jean-Marc awarded an honorary doctorate

Professor Jean-Marc has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology for his work in pioneering interface engineering in functional oxides. Norwegian University of Science and Technology Group Triscone      

Ultra-subwavelength nano-optical microscopy at cryogenic temperatures at the DQMP

Ultra-subwavelength nano-optical microscopy at cryogenic temperatures at the DQMP

A unique cryogenic scanning near-field optical microscope (cryo-SNOM) has been installed at the DQMP and is now able to demonstrate the first promising results. In contrast to the conventional optical microscopes, in this system the sample is probed by the so called evanescent electromagnetic waves, which are emitted and detected by an ultrasharp metallized tip…

Dirk van der Marel named « APS outstanding referee »

Dirk van der Marel named « APS outstanding referee »

Congratulations to Dirk van der Marel who has been named APS “Outstanding Referee”. The American Physical Society (APS) has selected 147 Outstanding Referees for 2018 that have demonstrated exceptional work in the assessment of manuscripts published in the Physical Review journals. A full list of the Outstanding Referees is available online. This highly selective Outstanding…

SWM 2018

SWM 2018

The 2018 Swiss Workshop on Materials with Novel Electronic Properties is the twelfth edition of a series of Swiss Workshops organized by MaNEP, formerly the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) on Materials with Novel Electronic Properties and now a Network at the Swiss level. The meeting will bring together researchers working in…

Advances in the study of the properties of superconducting materials

Advances in the study of the properties of superconducting materials

In a superconductor, the electrons experience very peculiar interactions whose most surprising effect is a total loss of electrical resistance. These materials are therefore promising for future applications, especially since some of them work at the temperature of liquid nitrogen. The mechanism behind these exceptional properties remains mysterious, though. Studying these materials when they are…

Patrycja Paruch receives the iWOE-24 Oxide Electronics Prize for Excellency in Research

Patrycja Paruch receives the iWOE-24 Oxide Electronics Prize for Excellency in Research

Congratulations to Patrycja Paruch who receives the iWOE-24 Oxide Electronics Prize for Excellency in Research ! Patrycja is awarded for “contributions to the understanding of the physics of domain walls in ferroelectrics – in particular for her work on domain wall creep, studies of domain wall roughness, and her discovery of conductivity at domain walls…

THE HIGGS BOSON and our life

THE HIGGS BOSON and our life

To open the semester, the University of Geneva is pleased to invite the Director-General of CERN, Fabiola Gianotti. During this conference, she will discuss the importance of this discovery, together with the main strands of CERN’s mission: scientific research, technological innovation, training and education, and peaceful collaboration of scientists from all over the world. THE…

INNOGAP – Proof-of-Principle Fund

INNOGAP – Proof-of-Principle Fund

Unitec created the INNOGAP proof-of-principle fund to help researchers at UNIGE and HUG to move their research discoveries toward practical implementation. The INNOGAP fund increases the value of their inventions, improves the chances of realizing societal benefits of research and enhance UNIGE’s and HUG’s ability to license them to existing or newly created companies. Every…

SPS annual meeting – public lecture by Thierry Courvoisier

SPS annual meeting – public lecture by Thierry Courvoisier

During the SPS annual meeting taking place 21-25 August in Geneva, the astrophysicist Thierry Courvoisier will give a public lecture ” De la place de la science dans la société “. Do not miss his talk on Thursday 24 August at 20:00, CICG Room 2, Geneva. You can attend this lecture even if you are not…

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