News from the Physics Department
Superconductivity of “heavy fermions”
2016-02-01 – An international research team has discovered nonclassical superconductivity at extremely low temperatures in a compound of ytterbium, rhodium, and silicon. The project was a collaboration among physicists of the Technical University of Munich (TUM), the Walther Meissner Institute of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences in Garching, the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids in Dresden, Rice University (Houston, USA), and Renmin University (Beijing, China).
Stefan Schönert elected as a Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Physics
2016-02-01 – Stefan Schönert, Professor for Experimental Astroparticle Physics at the physics department of Technical University of Munich (TUM), has been named a Max Planck Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Physics (MPP), where he will do research in the area of dark matter and neutrino physics. The Fellow Program of the Max Planck Society (MPG) has the goal of deepening the collaboration of the institutes with outstanding university professors.
Arnold Sommerfeld Prize for Gregor Koblmueller!
2016-01-26 – The Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities awards the Arnold Sommerfeld Prize 2015 to Dr. Gregor Koblmüller (Physik-Department / WSI, TUM). The prize recognizes Gregor Koblmüller’s outstanding scientific contributions towards the realization of complex semiconductor nanowire heterostructures and their use for next generation electronic and photonic devices.
Positrons for investigations of surfaces
2016-01-13 – Physicists of the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Centre and the Physics Department of Technical University of Munich have demonstrated enormous benefits of Positron annihilation induced Auger Electron Spectroscopy (PAES) for the exploration of surfaces.
Nanostructured germanium for portable photovoltaics and battery electrodes
2015-12-07 – Using a new procedure researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Ludwig Maximillians University of Munich (LMU) can now produce extremely thin and robust, yet highly porous semiconductor layers. A very promising material – for small, light-weight, flexible solar cells, for example, or electrodes improving the performance of rechargeable batteries.
Increasing international recognition of the Physik-Department
2015-12-07 – Within the subject group “physical sciences” Technical University Munich (TUM) moved up from 49th place to 31st in this year’s Times Higher Education ranking of world universities and is among the best of Europe.
Quantum computer made of standard semiconductor materials
2015-12-02 – Physicists at the Technical University of Munich, the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Stanford University (USA) have tracked down semiconductor nanostructure mechanisms that can result in the loss of stored information – and halted the amnesia using an external magnetic field. The new nanostructures comprise common semiconductor materials compatible with standard manufacturing processes.
Neutrons visualize vortex domains in superconductors
2015-11-26 – A novel imaging technique with neutrons allows for the first time to directly image the complex structure of flux tubes within superconductors. Scientists at the physics department of TUM achieved this in a cooperation with the FRM II (TUM) and the Paul Scherrer Institut (Switzerland).
Max Born prize awarded to Christian Pfleiderer
2015-11-20 – The Institute of Physics (IOP) and the German Physical Society (DPG) have jointly awarded the Max Born Prize to Christian Pfleiderer of TUM’s Physik-Department.
New X-ray method uses scattering to visualize nanostructures
2015-11-19 – Both in materials science and in biomedical research it is important to be able to view minute nanostructures, for example in carbon-fiber materials and bones. A team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM), the University of Lund, the Charité hospital in Berlin and the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) have now developed a new computed tomography method based on the scattering, rather than on the absorption, of X-rays. The technique makes it possible for the first time to visualize nanostructures in objects measuring just a few millimeters, allowing the researchers to view the precise three-dimensional structure of collagen fibers in a piece of human tooth.
Professor J. Leo van Hemmen im Ruhestand
2015-11-16 – Am 30. September 2015 trat Prof. Leo van Hemmen, Ordinarius für Theoretische Biophysik der TUM, in den Ruhestand.
Physics student obtains DAAD award for outstanding academic performance
2015-11-16 – This year’s DAAD award for international students at TUM is awarded to Elizabeth Mondragón, who is carrying out her Master studies at our Physics Department
Hans Fischer Prize for Willi Auwärter
2015-11-09 – Professor Willi Auwärter has been awarded the Hans Fischer memorial prize for is excellent research on “nano chemistry of porphyrins at surfaces”. Willi Auwärter and his research group at the Physik-Department of Technische Universität München study properties of biological molecules and such inspired by biological function.
New state-of-the-art compact X-ray source
2015-10-29 – For some years now it has been possible to generate high-brilliance X-rays using ring-shaped particle accelerators (synchrotron sources). However, such installations are several hundred meters in diameter and cost billions of euros. The world’s first mini synchrotron was inaugurated today at Technical University of Munich (TUM). It can generate high-brilliance X-rays on a footprint measuring just 5 x 3 meters. The new unit will be used chiefly to research biomedical questions relating to cancer, osteoporosis, pulmonary diseases and arteriosclerosis.
Faster design – better catalysts
2015-10-12 – While the cleaning of car exhausts is among the best known applications of catalytic processes, it is only the tip of the iceberg. Practically the entire chemical industry relies on catalytic reactions. Catalyst design plays a key role in improving these processes. An international team of scientists has now developed a concept that elegantly correlates geometric and adsorption properties. They validated their approach by designing a new platinum-based catalyst for fuel cell applications.
100 issues of Nuclear Physics News - edited at TUM
2015-09-15 – Nuclear Physics News is a quarterly magazine of the international nuclear physics community. It is edited at the physics department of Technische Universität München and informs more than 6400 subscribers around the world with insightfull editorials, facility and laboratory profiles, updates on the latest research, and other information of interest to the nuclear physics community. The current issue 100 features HADES – an experiment initiated by a team of TUM’s physicists and carried out by an international collaboration.