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Physics - Materials Science - 02.05.2016
Quantum Sensors for High-Precision Magnetometry of Superconductors
Quantum Sensors for High-Precision Magnetometry of Superconductors
Scientists at the Swiss Nanoscience Institute and the Department of Physics at the University of Basel have developed a new method that has enabled them to image magnetic fields on the nanometer scale at temperatures close to absolute zero for the first time. They used spins in special diamonds as quantum sensors in a new kind of microscope to generate images of magnetic fields in superconductors with unrivalled precision.

Physics - Chemistry - 15.04.2016
A single-atom magnet breaks new ground for future data storage
A single-atom magnet breaks new ground for future data storage
15.04.16 - Scientists at EPFL and ETH Zurich have built a single-atom magnet that is the most stable to-date.

Earth Sciences - Physics - 13.04.2016
Bubbles lead to disaster
Bubbles lead to disaster
Why are volcanologists interested in vapour bubbles? Because they can accumulate in a magma reservoir underneath a volcano, priming it to explode.

Physics - Chemistry - 12.04.2016
Three-way battles in the quantum world
Three-way battles in the quantum world
In phase transitions, for instance between water and water vapour, the motional energy competes with the attractive energy between neighbouring molecules.

Physics - Chemistry - 08.04.2016
A single ion impacts a million water molecules
A single ion impacts a million water molecules
08.04.16 - EPFL researchers have found that water molecules are 10,000 times more responsive to ions than previously thought. Water is simple and complex at the same time. A single water molecule (H2O) is made up of only 3 atoms. Yet the collective behavior of water molecules is unique and continues to amaze us.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 07.04.2016
Planet 9 takes shape
Planet 9 takes shape
Media releases, information for representatives of the media Media Relations (E) Astrophysicists at the University of Bern have modelled the evolution of the putative planet in the outer solar system.

Chemistry - Physics - 01.04.2016
Artificial molecules
Artificial molecules
A new method allows scientists at ETH Zurich and IBM to fabricate artificial molecules out of different types of microspheres. The researchers would like to one day use such tiny objects in micro-robots, for photonics and basic biochemical research. Scientists at ETH Zurich and IBM Research Zurich have developed a new technique that enables for the first time the manufacture of complexly structured tiny objects joining together microspheres.

Physics - Materials Science - 28.03.2016
Revealing the ion transport at nanoscale
Revealing the ion transport at nanoscale
28.03.16 - EPFL researchers have shown that a law of physics having to do with electron transport at nanoscale can also be analogously applied to the ion transport. This discovery provides insight into a key aspect of how ion channels function within our living cells. The membrane of all human cells contains tiny channels through which ions pass through at high speed.

Physics - Chemistry - 24.03.2016
Graphene nanoribbons: it's all about the
Graphene nanoribbons: it’s all about the
As reported by the journal Nature in its latest issue, researchers from Empa, the Max Planck Institute in Mainz and the Technical University of Dresden have for the first time succeeded in producing graphene nanoribbons with perfect zigzag edges from molecules. Electrons on these zigzag edges exhibit different (and coupled) rotational directions ("spin").

Physics - Materials Science - 23.03.2016
An innovative device studies gold nanoparticles in depth
An innovative device studies gold nanoparticles in depth
23.03.16 - EPFL researchers have developed a way to explore and optimize gold nanoparticles, which are used in medicine, biology and solar cells. Artists have used gold nanoparticles for centuries, because they produce vibrant colors when sunlight hits them. Their unique optical-electronics properties have put gold nanoparticles at the center of research, solar cells, sensors, chemotherapy, drug delivery, biological and medical applications, and electronic conductors.

Physics - Materials Science - 09.03.2016
Atomic Vibrations in Nanomaterials
Atomic Vibrations in Nanomaterials
Researchers at ETH have shown for the first time what happens to atomic vibrations when materials are nanosized and how this knowledge can be used to systematically engineer nanomaterials for different applications. All materials are made up of atoms, which vibrate. These vibrations, or "phonons", are responsible, for example, for how electric charge and heat is transported in materials.

Materials Science - Physics - 26.02.2016
Graphene Slides Smoothly Across Gold
Graphene Slides Smoothly Across Gold
Graphene, a modified form of carbon, offers versatile potential for use in coating machine components and in the field of electronic switches. An international team of researchers led by physicists at the University of Basel have been studying the lubricity of this material on the nanometer scale. Since it produces almost no friction at all, it could drastically reduce energy loss in machines when used as a coating, as the researchers report .

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 12.02.2016
What's up with gravitational waves?
What's up with gravitational waves?
12.02.16 - 1.3 billion years ago, two black holes collided in an enormous explosion of energy. The massive event sent gravitational waves across space-time. The waves finally passed through Earth last September, to be detected by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) in the United States.

Physics - 01.02.2016
Switching light on and off with a silver atom
Switching light on and off with a silver atom
Researchers working under Jürg Leuthold, Professor of Photonics and , have created the world's smallest integrated optical switch.

Physics - Chemistry - 29.01.2016
A tiny ring that produces light pulses
A tiny ring that produces light pulses
29.01.16 - Researchers led by EPFL have made a tiny, ring-shaped device that can generate a pulsed laser signal.

Physics - 13.01.2016
Using spider silk to detect molecules
Using spider silk to detect molecules
13.01.16 - At EPFL, fiber optics specialists have discovered some unique qualities of spider silk when it comes to conducting light and reacting to certain substances.

Physics - 11.01.2016
Girls should expect poorer physics grades
Girls should expect poorer physics grades
Secondary school physics teachers with little teaching experience handed out significantly poorer grades to girls than boys for the exact same performance.

Physics - 21.12.2015
Faster entanglement of distant quantum dots
Faster entanglement of distant quantum dots
Entanglement between distant quantum objects is an important ingredient for future information technologies. Researchers at the ETH have now developed a method with which such states can be created a thousand times faster than before. In many future information and telecommunication technologies, a remarkable quantum effect called entanglement will likely play an important role.

Physics - Materials Science - 18.12.2015
Spintronics, low-energy electricity take a step closer
Spintronics, low-energy electricity take a step closer
18.12.15 - EPFL scientists have discovered a new topological insulator that could be used in future electronic technologies. Topological insulators are recently discovered materials that differ from the familiar insulators and semiconductors in many ways. While topological insulators are fascinating for fundamental physics, they could one day enable electricity with less energy loss, spintronics, and perhaps even quantum computing.

Physics - Innovation - 15.12.2015
The tiniest color picture ever printed
Researchers of ETH Zurich and ETH start-up company Scrona achieve a new world record! They have printed a color picture depicting clown fishes around their sea anemone home.