High-speed Quantum Memory for Photons

Physicists from the University of Basel have developed a memory that can store photons. These quantum particles travel at the speed of light and are thus suitable for high-speed data transfer. The researchers were able to store them in an atomic vapor and read them out again later without altering their quantum mechanical properties too […]

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Two Basel Physicists Receive prestigious EU Grants

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded both professors Jelena Klinovaja and Ilaria Zardo from the Department of Physics at the University of Basel an ERC Starting Grant. The two physicists will receive up to 1.5 million Euros over the course of the next five years for their ambitious research projects. For quantum computers to […]

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Like a Revolving Door: How Shuttling Proteins Operate Nuclear Pores

Nuclear pore complexes are tiny channels where the exchange of substances between the cell nucleus and the cytoplasm takes place. Scientists at the University of Basel report on startling new research that might overturn established models of nuclear transport regulation. Their study published in the Journal of Cell Biology reveals how shuttling proteins known as […]

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Would you like to write a PhD?

You can now apply for seven new projects of the SNI PhD School.   In 2012, the Swiss Nanoscience Institute founded a PhD School to promote the education of young researchers in the nanosciences. The research activities address the cutting edge scientific and interdisciplinary approach of nanoscience and technology. If you are interested have a […]

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Manipulating Electron Spins Without Loss of Information

  Physicists have developed a new technique that uses electrical voltages to control the electron spin on a chip. The newly-developed method provides protection from spin decay, meaning that the contained information can be maintained and transmitted over comparatively large distances, as has been demonstrated by a team from the University of Basel’s Department of […]

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SNI update July 2017

The new issue of SNI update is online.  You get to know more about Elise Aeby, who won the price for the best nanostudies master’s thesis and about the young start-up Qnami. Additionally, we introduce some new Argovia projects and report on awards and events with participation of the SNI.  SNI update is published four times a […]

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Coupling a Nano-trumpet With a Quantum Dot Enables Precise Position Determination

Scientists from the Swiss Nanoscience Institute and the University of Basel have succeeded in coupling an extremely small quantum dot with 1,000 times larger trumpet-shaped nanowire. The movement of the nanowire can be detected with a sensitivity of 100 femtometers via the wavelength of the light emitted by the quantum dot. Conversely, the oscillation of […]

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Words from the director

Dear colleagues, It’s summer vacation time in Basel. The Department of Physics is much quieter than it was a few weeks ago, quite a few doors are closed, and my diary is much freer. Those who have returned from or are still looking forward to their vacations are using the calmer, lecture-free period to write […]

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Elise Aeby wins award for best master’s thesis in nanoscience 2016

Elise Aeby’s design for a new microfluidic platform to study tissue cells has earned her this year’s award for the best master’s thesis in nanoscience at the University of Basel. The young researcher looks back on a fulfilling time in Basel in which she learnt a great deal and played an active role in various […]

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Diamonds help create precise images

On the fourth floor of the Department of Physics, the Swiss Nanoscience Institute has a new neighbor. Qnami, a start-up led by Dr. Mathieu Munsch and the Georg H. Endress Professor Patrick Maletinsky, has moved in opposite the SNI’s general manager, Claudia Wirth. In this portrait, we introduce the young company, which manufactures quantum sensors […]

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