2D materials: arrangement of atoms measured in silicene

Silicene consists of a single layer of silicon atoms. In contrast to the ultra-flat material graphene, which is made of carbon, silicene shows surface irregularities that influence its electronic properties. Now, physicists from the University of Basel have been able to precisely determine this corrugated structure. As they report in the journal PNAS, their method […]

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The Department of Physics heads National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) for the development of a silicon-based quantum computer

Researchers around the world are looking for suitable ways to develop a quantum computer. At present, there are a number of approaches for the building blocks that could make up the supercomputer of the future. The realization of a quantum computer that can cope with previously unsolved tasks of high practical importance poses an immense […]

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The University of Basel gains two new National Centers of Competence in Research (NCCR)

The University of Basel has received a grant for two new National Centers of Competence in Research (NCCR), focusing on antibiotic research and quantum technology. The federal government is providing total funding of CHF 34 million for the two programs in the first funding phase to 2024, bringing the number of NCCRs with the University […]

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Patrick Maletinsky receives ERC Consolidator Grant

Three researchers from the University of Basel receive one of the coveted ERC Consolidator Grants from the European Research Council (ERC). Patrick Maletinsky from the Department of Physics, Marek Basler from the Biozentrum, and Dennis Gillingham from the Department of Chemistry will receive a total of 6.7 million Euros over five years. The Consolidator Grants […]

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Qnami announced the closing of a 2.6M CHF seed round

Qnami announced today the closing of a 2.6M CHF (2.6M USD) seed round led by Venture Capital fund Quantonation and further supported by investiere, ZKB Start-up Finance and the High Tech Gründerfond. The funds will support the market entry of Qnami’s first product, a quantum microscope for inspection of magnetic materials at the nanoscale, and […]

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Research and “Rüebli”

This year, the Swiss Nanoscience Institute (SNI) at the University of Basel, founded by the Canton of Aargau and the University of Basel, for the first time had a booth at the Rüeblimärt in Aarau. The SNI team informed interested visitors about the SNI’s research activities in the field of nanosciences and offered the opportunity […]

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A cavity leads to a strong interaction between light and matter

  Researchers have succeeded in creating an efficient quantum-mechanical light-matter interface using a microscopic cavity. Within this cavity, a single photon is emitted and absorbed up to 10 times by an artificial atom. This opens up new prospects for quantum technology, report physicists at the University of Basel and Ruhr-University Bochum in the journal Nature. […]

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Green light for national technology transfer centre ANAXAM

The Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), the University of Applied Sciences, (FHNW), the Swiss Nanoscience Institute (SNI), and the Canton of Aargau are planning a national Advanced Manufacturing Technology Transfer Center (AM-TTC) supported by the federal government together with industrial partners. The umbrella organisation AM-TTC Alliance has approved the concept and the financial support required for […]

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How to control friction in topological insulators

Topological insulators are innovative materials that conduct electricity on the surface, but act as insulators on the inside. Physicists at the University of Basel and the Istanbul Technical University have begun investigating how they react to friction. Their experiment shows that the heat generated through friction is significantly lower than in conventional materials. This is […]

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Machine learning at the quantum lab

The electron spin of individual electrons in quantum dots could serve as the smallest information unit of a quantum computer. Scientists from the Universities of Oxford, Basel and Lancaster have developed an algorithm that can be used to measure quantum dots automatically. Writing in the Nature-family journal npj Quantum Information, they describe how they can […]

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