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Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
15.05.2017
Quantum reservoir for microwaves
Quantum reservoir for microwaves
EPFL researchers use a mechanical micrometer-size drum cooled close to the quantum ground state to amplify microwaves in a superconducting circuit. Image: Photograph of the chip used in the experiment to couple a microwave cavity to a micrometer-size drum (the sharp purple pencil tip is placed as a scale).
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
12.05.2017
One laser is enough
One laser is enough
Gases in the environment can be spectroscopically probed fast and precisely using so-called dual frequency combs. Researchers at ETH have now developed a method by which such frequency combs can be created much more simply and cheaply than before. In contrast to the light emitted by a simple lamp, laser light has a very precisely defined frequency.
Computer Science/Telecom - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
11.05.2017
A powered exoskeleton prevents the elderly from falling
The first smart exoskeleton that recognizes the loss of balance - and prevents falling - has been developed by researchers at Scuola Sant'Anna in Italy, EPFL in Switzerland, and tested at the Rehabilitation Center ‘Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi' in Florence.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Computer Science/Telecom
28.04.2017
New reflector for radar measurements
New reflector for radar measurements
Cornelius Senn, a measurement engineer in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (D-BAUG), and his post-doctoral colleague Silvan Leinss have developed a new reflector for radar measurements.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering
26.04.2017
A new sensor increases smartwatch battery life five times
A new sensor increases smartwatch battery life five times
Nearly 80% of the battery power in smartwatches is used up by the heart-rate monitor. But a new generation of sensors developed by EPFL startup ActLight consumes five times less energy.
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
13.04.2017
Shedding light on the absorption of light by titanium dioxide
Shedding light on the absorption of light by titanium dioxide
EPFL scientists have uncovered the hidden properties of titanium dioxide, one of the most promising materials for light-conversion technology. Figure Caption : Lattice structure of anatase TiO 2 with a graphical representation of the 2D exciton that is generated by the absorption of light (purple wavy arrow).
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Computer Science/Telecom
15.03.2017
'Instrument Flight' to the Inner Ear
‘Instrument Flight’ to the Inner Ear
A team of surgeons and engineers of Inselspital, Bern University Hospital, and the ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research, University of Bern (Switzerland), have developed a high-precision surgical robot for cochlear implantation.
Chemistry - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
14.03.2017
Liquid fuel for future computers
Liquid fuel for future computers
In the future, a new type of tiny redox flow battery will supply tightly packed electronic components with energy, while also dissipating the heat they produce.
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
09.03.2017
Artificial magnetic fields for photons
Artificial magnetic fields for photons
Light particles do not usually react to magnetic fields. Researchers at ETH Zurich have now shown how photons can still be influenced by electric and magnetic fields. In the future that method could be used to create strong artificial magnetic fields for photons. In modern information technology there is a rather clear division of labour between light particles (photons), used for transmitting data fast and reliably over large distances, and electrons, which are responsible for data processing in computer chips.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Computer Science/Telecom
26.01.2017
Reptilian Robots are Spies in the Wild
Reptilian Robots are Spies in the Wild
EPFL scientists designed, built and remote-controlled the robotic structures of a crocodile and a lizard for a field experiment, in the depths of Africa, in collaboration with the BBC. The robots are featured in today's episode of ‘Spy in the Wild'. What happens when you combine EPFL's first-class robotic engineering with the BBC‘s first-class special effects' You get reptilian robots that look and move (almost) like the real thing, and as a bonus, a scientific tool for studying biology and for improving search and rescue robotics.
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
22.12.2016
The fight against creeping cables
The fight against creeping cables
Switzerland's overhead power lines are showing signs of old age and can be damaged by power surges. But how long will they actually last? Empa researchers have developed a tool to keep tabs on the aging process.
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
17.11.2016
Switching off vibrations
Switching off vibrations
Macroscopic crystal structures can absorb unwanted vibrations or filter noise - without any electronics or electricity whatsoever.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Computer Science/Telecom
12.10.2016
Soft robots that mimic human muscles
Soft robots that mimic human muscles
An EPFL team is developing soft, flexible and reconfigurable robots. Air-actuated, they behave like human muscles and may be used in physical rehabilitation.
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
06.09.2016
En route to better transformers
En route to better transformers
Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI have found a way of looking inside the iron core of transformers. Transformers are indispensable in regulating electricity both in industry and in domestic households. The better their iron cores are magnetized, the less energy they lose and the more efficiently they work.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Physics/Materials Science
05.09.2016
New simulations of wind power generation
New simulations of wind power generation
ETH researcher Stefan Pfenninger and his colleague Iain Staffell from Imperial College London have developed new multi-decade simulations of wind power production in Europe. In doing so, they have uncovered significant distortions in the data used in the past, and have produced fresh simulations of wind power output with country-specific corrections.
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
08.08.2016
Acoustic Prism
Acoustic Prism
EPFL scientists have invented a new type of 'acoustic prism? that can split a sound into its constituent frequencies. Their acoustic prism has applications in sound detection. Almost 400 years ago, Newton showed that a prism could split white light into the colors of the rainbow, with each colour corresponding to a different wave frequency.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Medicine/Pharmacology
22.07.2016
New remote-controlled microrobots for medical operations
New remote-controlled microrobots for medical operations
Scientists at EPFL and ETHZ have developed a new method for building microrobots that could be used in the body to deliver drugs and perform other medical operations. For the past few years, scientists around the world have been studying ways to use miniature robots to better treat a variety of diseases.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Chemistry
14.07.2016
Electricity generated with water, salt - and a 3 atoms thick membrane
Electricity generated with water, salt - and a 3 atoms thick membrane
EPFL researchers have developed a system that generates electricity from osmosis with unparalleled efficiency.
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
08.07.2016
Graphene could revolutionize the internet of things
Graphene could revolutionize the internet of things
EPFL researchers have produced a tunable, graphene-based device that could significantly increase the speed and efficiency of wireless communication systems. Their system works at very high frequencies, delivering unprecedented results. Wireless come in many forms - such as mobile phones using 4G or 5G connectivity, GPS devices, and computers connected via Bluetooth to portable sensors - and operate in different frequency bands.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Business/Economics
05.07.2016
Using servers for home heating
Using servers for home heating
05.07.16 - Summer Series on Student Projects - For his Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, Karim Ziadé assessed the feasibility of putting data centers into residential buildings for heating purposes.
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