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Christian Rüegg appointed new Director of the Paul Scherrer Institute

Christian Rüegg appointed new Director of the Paul Scherrer Institute

On 27 November 2019, at the recommendation of the ETH Board, the Federal Council has appointed Christian Rüegg as the new director of the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI. The 43-year-old will take over from Thierry Strässle, who has headed the institute on an interim basis since the beginning of the year. Christian Rüegg is currently…

The Key player problem in electric power grids

The Key player problem in electric power grids

Identifying key players is a fundamental problem in network theory. Its origin can be traced back to social sciences and the problem led to ranking algorithms from most to least important player based on the structure of the considered network. Perhaps the most famous such ranking is google’s PageRank. Identifying which power plant or which…

New Rigaku XtaLAB Synergy-S diffractometer installed in the Laboratory of Crystallography

New Rigaku XtaLAB Synergy-S diffractometer installed in the Laboratory of Crystallography

A new single-crystal X-ray diffractometer was installed in the Laboratory of Crystallography. This dual micro-focus source diffractometer (Mo, Cu) is equipped with a new generation curved photon counting X-ray detector (RIGAKU Hypix arc 150), allowing very fast measurements since more data are collected in a single exposure. The detector has almost zero noise, fast readout…

Claribel Dominguez obtains the iWOE26 poster prize

Claribel Dominguez obtains the iWOE26 poster prize

Claribel Dominguez, in the group of Prof. Jean-Marc Triscone (UNIGE), currently working on the exciting field of “oxide interface physics”, received the iWOE26 poster prize for her research “Engineering electronic coupling of metal-insulator phases at SmNiO3/NdNiO3 interfaces”. Nowadays, interfaces between different compounds are a recognized playground to manipulate the electronic phases of transition metal oxides. In…

Antoine Georges received the APS Aneesur Rahman Prize for Computational Physics

Antoine Georges received the APS Aneesur Rahman Prize for Computational Physics

The American Physical Society has awarded its 2020 Aneesur Rahman Prize for Computational Physics to Antoine Georges “for the development of the Dynamical Mean Field Theory as a tool for the computation of properties of strongly correlated materials.” Antoine Georges is a Professor at the Department of Quantum Matter Physics of the University of Geneva…

The Howard Flack Crystallographic Lecture Series – Prof. Matthew J. Rosseinsky

The Howard Flack Crystallographic Lecture Series – Prof. Matthew J. Rosseinsky

It is a great pleasure to announce the second Howard Flack Crystallographic Lecture Series, organized by the Swiss Crystallographic Society in collaboration with the local host institutions: Prof. Dr. Matthew J. Rosseinsky from the University of Liverpool will give lectures at several universities/institutes in Switzerland.   Lecture series: “Design of Advanced Materials ?” Monday, November…

Irène Cucchi received the Flatlands 2019 poster prize

Irène Cucchi received the Flatlands 2019 poster prize

Irène Cucchi (group of F. Baumberger) receives the Flatlands 2019 poster prize for her work on two-dimensional (2D) materials entitled “Microfocus laser-ARPES on encapsulated mono-, bi- and few-layer 1T’-WTe2”. In this study, researchers at the University of Geneva measured for the first time the electronic structure of exfoliated air-sensitive flakes of van der Waals materials….

RTS1 CQFD “Le noir plus noir que noir”, interview of Prof. Alberto Morpurgo

RTS1 CQFD “Le noir plus noir que noir”, interview of Prof. Alberto Morpurgo

There was the black colour. There is now an even more black coulour. An ultra-black that is of particular interest to artists who can now rely on scientists to get ever closer to the black. Stéphane Délétroz interviews Alberto Morpurgo, professor at DQMP and expert in nanoelectronics. Listen to the radio broadcast Find also the…

The LTA is launching a High-Performance Chemical Analysis and Imaging Platform – Seminar on November 14th

The LTA is launching a High-Performance Chemical Analysis and Imaging Platform – Seminar on November 14th

This platform is now open to both academic and industrial laboratories. Discover more at the XPS and TOF-SIMS seminar on November 14th. This platform, unique in Switzerland, combines expertise in molecular identification and surface chemistry with two state-of-the-art systems: a TOF-SIMS mass spectrometer and a scanning XPS microprobe. These two complementary techniques allow sensitive and…

Scanning near-field optical microscopy of LaAlO3/SrTiO3 heterostructures

Scanning near-field optical microscopy of LaAlO3/SrTiO3 heterostructures

The interface between LaAlO3 and SrTiO3 hosts a conducting two dimensional electron system with many interesting properties. Since its discovery in 2004, this system has been intensively studied but there are still several open questions mainly related to the presence of local modulations of the electronic properties. Visualizing these effects remains challenging as it requires…

On-demand control of terahertz and infrared waves

On-demand control of terahertz and infrared waves

Researchers from the University of Geneva and the University of Manchester have confirmed experimentally the theory of very strong magneto-optical resonance in graphene. The ability to control infrared and terahertz waves using magnetic or electric fields is one of the great challenges in physics that could revolutionise opto-electronics, telecommunications and medical diagnostics. A theory from…

A family of finite-temperature electronic phase transitions in graphene multilayers

A family of finite-temperature electronic phase transitions in graphene multilayers

The discovery of graphene –a single crystalline sheet of carbon atoms– represents a true breakthrough because not only showcases the amazing level of material control that has been reached, but also it has enabled the observation of a plethora of fascinating physical phenomena. It has been appreciated since the very first days that graphene layers…

Jennifer Fowlie obtained a Subside tremplin

Jennifer Fowlie obtained a Subside tremplin

Congratulations to Jennifer Fowlie in the group of Jean-Marc Triscone at UNIGE who obtained a Subside tremplin. This sudside allows female researchers from the University of Geneva wishing to pursue an academic career, to release them from their academic duties during a defined period in order for them to focus on their own scientific research,…

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