Departement News

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 Physics and the Swiss Nanoscience Institute. The results have been published in Physical Review X.

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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 the nanowire can be influenced by excitation of the quantum dot with a laser. Nature Communications published the results.

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Winner of the golden chalk, the golden correction pen & the golden scale 2017!

Winner of the golden chalk, the golden correction pen & the golden scale 2017!

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Great financial support for new center of excellence in quantum physics

Die Georg H. Endress Stiftung unterstützt das Projekt «Quantum Science and Quantum Computing» der Universität Basel und der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg mit bis zu zehn Millionen Franken über zehn Jahre. Das neue Exzellenz-Zentrum unter dem Dach von Eucor – The European Campus stärkt die Vorreiterrolle der beiden Universitäten im Bereich der Quantenphysik.

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New method of characterizing Graphene

Scientists have developed a new method of characterizing graphene’s properties without applying disruptive electrical contacts, allowing them to investigate both the resistance and quantum capacitance of graphene and other two-dimensional materials. Researchers from the Swiss Nanoscience Institute and the University of Basel’s Department of Physics reported their findings in the journal Physical Review Applied.

 

 

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Design of a fully connected quantum optimizer

A team of theoretical physicists at the University of Basel in Switzerland, has found a way to design a fully connected quantum optimizer -- a machine that holds the promise to speed up the solution of hard optimization problems -- by taking advantage of a fundamental property of the superconducting state of matter. In a further vital step towards building a quantum optimizer able to solve real world problems, they also show that this new architecture is more robust to noise than existing alternatives. Their work has been published in Science Advances.

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Rare Earths become water-repellent only as they age

Surfaces that have been coated with rare earth oxides develop water-repelling properties only after contact with air. Even at room temperature, chemical reactions begin with hydrocarbons in the air. In the journal Scientific Reports, researchers from the University of Basel, the Swiss Nanoscience Institute and the Paul Scherrer Institute report that it is these reactions that are responsible for the hydrophobic effect.

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