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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Quantum interference device images current flow in qubit circuits

Physicists from the SNI network at the University of Basel and the ETH Zurich have used a scanning superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) to image the current flow of a superconducting device developed for quantum computing. The data will help to optimize qubit control. The article was recently published in Applied Physics Letters. On the […]

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Portrait of SNI doctoral student Mitchell Brüderlin

The University of Basel recently portrayed SNI PhD student Mitchell Brüderlin as part of its summer series “In Focus”. Mitchell Brüderlin, who comes from the Canton of Aargau, studied nanoscience at the University of Basel and was then so enthusiastic about one of the PhD School projects that he did not go abroad as originally […]

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SNI INSight 2022

The new issue of SNI INSight, our electronic magazine, has been published. Find out more about coming changes of the SNI management, the new SNI Director Martino Poggio and the new Vice Director Patrick Maletinsky, as well as the members of the Executive Committee who will together lead the SNI from August 1. We also […]

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Editorial

Dear colleagues and interested parties, When we wrote the last edition of SNI INSight, in December 2021, we were hopeful that our world would have returned to normal by summer 2022 and that we would once again be able to devote ourselves fully to our nanoscience research. Sadly, this wish was only partly fulfilled. At […]

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