Novel approach to coherent control of a three-level quantum system

Wissenschaftler konnten erstmals die Quanteninterferenzen in einem quantenmechanischen Drei-Zustands-System untersuchen und damit das Verhalten einzelner Elektronenspins steuern. Sie verwendeten dafür eine neuartige Nanostruktur, bei der ein Quantensystem in einen nanoskaligen, mechanischen Schwingbalken integriert ist. «Nature Physics» hat die Studie von Wissenschaftlern der Universität Basel und des Swiss Nanoscience Institute veröffentlicht. For the first time, researchers […]

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Electrical contact to molecules in semiconductor structures established for the first time

Electrical circuits are constantly being scaled down and extended with specific functions. A new method now allows electrical contact to be established with simple molecules on a conventional silicon chip. The technique promises to bring advances in sensor technology and medicine, as reported in the journal Nature by chemists from the University of Basel and […]

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How does Parkinson’s disease develop? Study raises doubts on a previous theory of Parkinson’s disease

Cross section of an alpha-synuclein fibril. Left: 3D reconstruction of the fibril, showing two interacting protein molecules. Right: atomic model of the fibril structure. Parkinson’s disease was first described by a British doctor more than 200 years ago. The exact causes of this neurodegenerative disease are still unknown. In a study recently published in eLife, […]

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Startup from Basel Qnami wins Venture Kick finals

The young startup of the University of Basel, Qnami, is the winner of the Venture Kick prize worth 130’000 Swiss Francs. Qnami develops precise and highly sensitive quantum sensors that provide images in nanometer resolution. Modern quantum technology provides the basis for Qnami’s goal to improve imaging techniques and diagnostic methods. The quantum sensors developed […]

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Water is not the same as water

Water molecules exist in two different forms with almost identical physical properties. For the first time, researchers have succeeded in separating the two forms to show that they can exhibit different chemical reactivities. These results were reported by researchers from the University of Basel and their colleagues in Hamburg in the scientific journal Nature Communications. […]

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Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox observed in many-particle system for the first time

Physicists from the University of Basel have observed the quantum mechanical Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox in a system of several hundred interacting atoms for the first time. The phenomenon dates back to a famous thought experiment from 1935. It allows measurement results to be predicted precisely and could be used in new types of sensors and imaging […]

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Individual impurity atoms detectable in graphene

A team including physicists from the University of Basel has succeeded in using atomic force microscopy to clearly obtain images of individual impurity atoms in graphene ribbons. Thanks to the forces measured in the graphene’s two-dimensional carbon lattice, they were able to identify boron and nitrogen for the first time, as the researchers report in […]

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Millions of EU funding for two researchers from the University of Basel

Two scientists from the University of Basel have been awarded the prestigious ERC Advanced Grants by the European Research Council (ERC): Neuroscientist Prof. Fiona Doetsch and physicist Prof. Christian Schönenberger each receive 2.5 million euros of funding. Christian Schönenberger is one of the few scientists whose groundbreaking research has received an ERC Advanced Grant for […]

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Tiny implants for cells are functional in vivo

For the first time, an interdisciplinary team from the University of Basel has succeeded in integrating artificial organelles into the cells of live zebrafish embryos. This innovative approach using artificial organelles as cellular implants offers new potential in treating a range of diseases, as the authors report in an article published in Nature Communications.   […]

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Optical Nanoscope Allows Imaging of Quantum Dots

Physicists have developed a technique based on optical microscopy that can be used to create images of atoms on the nanoscale. In particular, the new method allows the imaging of quantum dots in a semiconductor chip. Together with colleagues from the University of Bochum, scientists from the University of Basel’s Department of Physics and the […]

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