Lossless conduction at the edges

Atomically thin layers of the semimetal tungsten ditelluride conduct electricity losslessly along narrow, one-dimensional channels at the crystal edges. The material is therefore a second-order topological insulator. By obtaining experimental proof of this behavior, physicists from the University of Basel have expanded the pool of candidate materials for topological superconductivity. The findings have been published […]

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Laser loop couples quantum systems over a distance

For the first time, researchers have succeeded in creating strong coupling between quantum systems over a greater distance. They accomplished this with a novel method in which a laser loop connects the systems, enabling nearly lossless exchange of information and strong interaction between them. In the scientific journal Science, the physicists from the University of […]

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SNI INSight May 2020

The new edition of our electronic magazine SNI INSight is now online. You get to know more about the Nano Argovia projects that have been started beginning of the years and about other SNI activities. SNI INSight May 2020

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Flatter graphene, faster electrons

Scientists from the Swiss Nanoscience Institute and the Department of Physics at the University of Basel developed a technique to flatten corrugations in graphene layers. This leads to an improved sample quality and can be applied to other two-dimensional materials. The results were recently published in Physical Review Letters. Bumps on a road slow down […]

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SNI Annual Report

The SNI’s annual report is printed and could be distributed. However, due to the current restriction, the brochures will be kept at the printers to be delivered at a later date when we are all able to return to our normal routines. But perhaps you have some time now and would like to read about […]

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Experiments and projects

As happy as we are to be spending so much time at home with our families, the current situation undeniably presents us with completely new challenges. Perhaps it is also an opportunity to do things together that we normally struggle to find the time for in our busy lives. This is why we have started […]

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Swiss Nanotechnology PhD Award

The Swiss Micro- and Nanotechnology network (Swiss MNT Network) invites PhD students to submit their first author papers (published in 2019 until March 2020) addressing research in nanotechnolgy / nanoscience. Five winners will be selected and awarded CHF 2’000.- each. The prizes are kindly sponsored by BASF, Bühler, Hightech Zentrum Aargau, Sensirion, and Zeiss/Gloor. The […]

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SNI PhD School: Call 2020/2021

Do you have ideas for a doctoral thesis that can be carried out within the framework of the SNI PhD school? You can now submit your project proposal. Please take all details from the flyer and send your application to claudia.wirth@unibas.ch by 31 May 2020, latest. We are looking forward to receiving diverse and exciting proposals.

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Perturbation-free studies of single molecules

Researchers of the University of Basel have developed a new method with which individual isolated molecules can be studied precisely – without destroying the molecule or even influencing its quantum state. This highly sensitive technique for probing molecules is widely applicable and paves the way for a range of new applications in the fields of […]

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Swiss NanoConvention 2020

Don’t miss the chance to register as “early bird” at the Swiss NanoConvention 2020! The Swiss NanoConvention (SNC) brings together international and national leaders from science and industry in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology. During two days, you will have the opportunity to get to know more about the latest scientific findings, to meet […]

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