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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FET-OPEN grant for topological states in germanium nanowires

Limited scalability and the high sensitivity of qubits as building blocks for the quantum computer are still in the way of the ‘super computer’s’ big breakthrough. Researchers of the University of Twente, together with colleagues from Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands may have found a promising solution to address these challenges. They have been awarded […]

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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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Ideal method for determination of graphene nanoribbons length

Researchers from the SNI network describe in ACS Nano that Raman spectroscopy is a sensitive method for the investigation of graphene nanoribbons (GNR). Structural integrity, length and substrate interaction of GNRs can be analyzed using Raman spectroscopy. In contrast to low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy, it can be easily applied for practical device application and characterization. […]

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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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Apply now for the Future Day!

On 14 November 2019 the National Future Day will take place. The SNI as well as the Nano Imaging Lab and the Department of Physics offer an interesting program. Hundreds of companies and institutions open their doors each year to young people in the 5th to 7th grades, giving them the opportunity to discover the […]

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Alex and Felix also have won the European Contest for Young Scientists

The two high school graduates Alex Korocencev and Felix Sewing, who were supported by the SNI and the Department of Physics, have won the European Contest for Young Scientists with their magnetically levitated (maglev) train. The two young researchers had participated in the “Jugend forscht” contest in 2019 and had been awarded the federal prize […]

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