News from the Physics Department
Gaede Prize 2015 for Dr. Wilhelm Auwärter
2014-12-11 – The "Deutsche Vakuumgesellschaft" awards physicist from TUM.
Biophysicist Hendrik Dietz (36) awarded top German research award
2014-12-10 – Prof. Dr. Hendrik Dietz from the Technische Universität München (TUM) has been awarded the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation). The 36-year-old biophysicist is thus the recipient of Germany’s most prestigious research award, which is endowed with 2.5 million euros. Hendrik Dietz is being honored for his internationally-renowned work in the field of bionanotechnology. His research into the mechanical and structural properties of proteins has opened up completely new horizons for the development of DNA-based “nanomachines”.
Possible Read Head for Quantum Computers: Graphene layer reads optical information from nanodiamonds electronically
2014-12-01 – Nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamonds could be used to construct vital components for quantum computers. But hitherto it has been impossible to read optically written information from such systems electronically. Using a graphene layer, a team of scientists headed by Professor Alexander Holleitner of the Physics Department has now implemented just such a read unit.
Ultra-short X-ray Pulses Explore the Nano World: Characterization of X-ray flashes open new perspectives in X-ray science
2014-11-26 – Ultra-short and extremely strong X-ray flashes, as produced by free-electron lasers, are opening the door to a hitherto unknown world. Scientists are using these flashes to take “snapshots” of the geometry of tiniest structures, for example the arrangement of atoms in molecules. To improve not only spatial but also temporal resolution further requires knowledge about the precise duration and intensity of the X-ray flashes. An international team of scientists has now tackled this challenge.
Wolfram-Prandl-Prize for Marc Janoschek
2014-09-23 – On 23 September 2014 Dr. Marc Janoschek has received the Wolfram-Prandl-Prize 2014 of the "Komitee für Forschung mit Neutronen" during the "German Conference for Research with Synchrotron Radiation, Neutrons and Ion Beams at Large Facilities". The prize is awarded every two years to outstanding young scientists and includes a cash prize of 2500 €.
Reopening of the Branch Library Physics
2014-09-19 – Ab heute, Freitag den 19. September 2014 ist die Teilbibliothek Physik wieder am alten Standort geöffnet. Die neuen Öffnungszeiten sind: Mo -- Fr, 9.00 -- 24.00 Uhr.
Movable cytoskeleton membrane fabricated for first time
2014-09-04 – Using only a few ingredients, the biophysicist Prof. Andreas Bausch and his team at the Physik-Department of TUM have successfully implemented a minimalistic model of the cell that can change its shape and move on its own. They describe how they turned this goal into reality in the current edition of the academic journal Science, where their research is featured as cover story.
Researchers observe the phenomenon of “lithium plating”
2014-09-03 – Lithium-ion batteries are seen as a solution for energy storage of the future and have become indispensible, especially in electromobility. Their key advantage is that they are able to store large amounts of energy but are still comparatively light and compact.
Physicists observe the creation of solar energy for the first time ever
2014-09-01 – For the first time in the history of solar research, scientists have successfully measured solar energy at the instant of creation inside the sun. In the Gran Sasso underground laboratory, physicists of the Borexino Collaboration are for the first time ever directly observing the neutrinos created during the fusion of two hydrogen nuclei and the resultant production of heavy hydrogen. The researchers, including physicists from the Physik-Department of TUM, are presenting their results in the current issue of "Nature".
Chemical reaction yields "tapes" of porphin molecules
2014-08-15 – Dr. Wilhelm Auwärter and his team are working on a research project to develop tiny flat molecule tapes at the Department of Physics of Technische Universität München (TUM). These structures could find versatile applications. Via direct coupling on a silver surface, the scientists successfully formed dimers and short chains of porphine molecules without contaminating by-products.
Artificial retina: Physicists develop an interface to the optical nerve
2014-08-08 – Physicists at the Physik-Department (TUM) are using the special properties of graphene to produce key elements of an artificial retina. With their research program the researchers were admitted to the heavily funded "Graphene" Flagship Program of the EU.
Neutron scattering experiment resolves a contentious superconducting issue
2014-08-04 – Scientists around the globe are trying to understand the phenomenon of loss-free electric power transmission by high-temperature superconductors. Materials that exhibit this effect at room temperature would bear huge technical potential. Recently symmetry changes in the electronic phases of high-temperature superconductors near their transition temperature had been attributed to doping effects. But an international team of scientists has now discovered that solely spin dynamics of the electrons are responsible for these spontaneous changes.
Fermilab theorist Andreas Kronfeld appointed as TUM-IAS Senior Fellow
2014-07-23 – Fermilab theorist Dr. Andreas Kronfeld has been appointed as Hans Fischer Senior Fellow at TUM's Institute for Advanced Study and jointly at the Physik-Department.
Alessio Zaccone becomes professor for "Theory of soft matter"
2014-07-22 – Alessio Zaccone has been appointed as assistant professor for Theory of soft matter. He is jointly appointed by the Physik-Department and TUM's Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) as a "Rudolf Mößbauer Tenure Track Professor".
Wettbewerbsausstellung: SCIENCE CITY GARCHING
2014-07-21 – Vom 18. bis 27.07.2014 findet in der Magistrale der Fakultät für Maschinenwesen eine Architekturausstellung zum Planungswettbewerb "SCIENCE CITY GARCHING" zur Entwicklung des Forschungscampus statt.
Imaging method improved by scrambling X-rays from a new source
2014-07-11 – X-ray phase-contrast imaging can provide high-quality images of objects with lower radiation dose. But until now these images have been hard to obtain and required special X-ray sources whose properties are typically only found at large particle accelerator facilities. Using a laboratory source with unprecedented brightness, scientists from the Physik-Department at TUM, the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (KTH) and University College London (UCL) have demonstrated a new approach to get reliable phase contrast with an extremely simple setup.