Spin correlation between paired electrons demonstrated

Physicists at the University of Basel have experimentally demonstrated for the first time that there is a negative correlation between the two spins of an entangled pair of electrons from a superconductor. For their study, the researchers used spin filters made of nanomagnets and quantum dots, as they report in the scientific journal Nature. The […]

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Time-saving due to early diagnosis

Researchers from the SNI network have shown that nanomechanical sensors are ideally suited to quickly and reliably detect even a few bacterial germs in the blood. The interdisciplinary team describes in the scientific journal Biosensors that the method can be used to diagnose sepsis at an early stage – which gives more time for successful […]

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Laser light of any wavelength

Researchers from the SNI network have developed a platform for the resonant enhancement for so-called nonlinear optical processes which could aid to produce laser light of any wavelength. They combine a wedge-shaped diamond membrane with two narrowly spaced, highly reflective mirrors (Fabry-Perot microcavity). In this way, the researchers can regulate the resonant frequencies of the microcavity, […]

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Ultracold circuits

Cooling materials to extremely low temperatures is important for basic physics research as well as for technological applications. By improving a special refrigerator and a low-temperature thermometer, Basel scientists have now managed to cool an electric circuit on a chip down to 220 microkelvin – close to absolute zero. When materials are cooled down to […]

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Annual Event 2022 – A short review

A big “thank you” to all our speakers, chairs and participants at the Annual Event 2022 and congratulations to the winners of the Best Talk and Best Poster Awards.  Josh Zuber from the Quantum Sensing Lab of Prof. Patrick Maletinsky (Department of Physics, University of Basel) reeceiced the best talk award. The prize for the […]

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Annual Event 2022

Currently, the members of the interdisciplinary SNI network are meeting for their Annual Event in Lenzerheide. They come from the various academic institutions that are part of the SNI network. A poster session and numerous exciting talks by PhD students and project leaders offer all participants the opportunity to learn about and discuss the latest […]

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Nadine Leisgang and Thomas Karg win SPS Awards for their PhD theses

The Swiss Physical Society (SPS) awards prizes to young physicists for outstanding research in the early stages of their careers. In 2022, two former PhD students of the Department of Physics and the Swiss Nanoscience Institute have received such a prestigious award: A highly light-absorbent and tunable material Nadine Leisgang has won the SPS Award in […]

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Dancing molecules

When cycloalkanes are enclosed in nanometer-sized pores, they adapt their shape – similar to the induced fit concept described in biochemistry. The molecules do not all behave the same way. With increasing lack of space and low temperatures below 5K, the molecules surprisingly start to move. Researchers from the SNI network led by Professor Thomas […]

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Coupling of electron-hole pairs

For the first time, physicists from the University of Basel have succeeded in coupling different types of electron-hole pairs (excitons) in the van der Waals material molybdenum disulfide. This successful coupling allows them to utilize and control the different properties of the two types of electron-hole pairs — and could pave the way for the […]

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Dancing molecules

When cycloalkanes are enclosed in a nanometer-sized pore, they adapt their shape – similar to the induced fit concept described in #biochemistry. The molecules do not all behave in the same way and surprisingly start to move when there is a lack of space at 5K. Researchers from the SNI network led by Professor Thomas […]

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