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Irene Cucchi presents her thesis … in comics

Irene Cucchi presents her thesis … in comics

Irene Cucchi successfully defended her thesis at the DQMP, UNIGE. For several years, she has been conducting research in a new field of materials physics, at the crossroads of two major advances in condensed matter physics: the discovery of two-dimensional crystals and the discovery of topological insulators. In order to share part of her PhD…

A breach in the “standard model” of quantum matter

A breach in the “standard model” of quantum matter

Professor Dirk van der Marel’s team from the Department of Quantum Matter Physics (DQMP) of Geneva University recently discovered a whole new effect in a magnetic material with a chemical composition of Nd2Ir2O7. At absolute zero (-273.15 degrees Celsius), this material is insulating but by increasing its temperature it becomes an electrical conductor. More precisely,…

Matteo Alessandrini’s group, Bruker BioSpin and Prof. Carmine Senatore’s group, DQMP awarded financial support by Innosuisse

Matteo Alessandrini’s group, Bruker BioSpin and Prof. Carmine Senatore’s group, DQMP awarded financial support by Innosuisse

Matteo Alessandrini’s group at Bruker BioSpin and Prof. Senatore’s group at DQMP, University of Geneva have been recently awarded financial support by Innosuisse for a 3 years project. The project will start in September 2020. The title of the project is “HTS superconducting joints for NMR magnets”. This project aims to develop superconducting HTS joints made for application…

Crystallography helps to combat the SARS-CoV-2 virus

Crystallography helps to combat the SARS-CoV-2 virus

The crystal structure of a drug tested against Covid-19 was solved using Fox computer program, developed in the Laboratory of crystallography at the Department of quantum matter physics (DQMP), UNIGE. Recently, a team of researchers from the Illinois Institute of Technology, North Central College and the International Centre for Diffraction Data (ICDD) has reported the…

The LTA contributes to the research on the Covid-19

The LTA contributes to the research on the Covid-19

To achieve optimal virus detection – such as the Covid-19 – 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).    Optical biosensors based on SPR – a high sensitive optical method of analysis – enable…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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