News from the Physics Department
Prof. Dr. Rainer Blatt new TUM Distinguished Affiliated Professor
2021-11-26 – Prof. Dr. Rainer Blatt, experimental physicist and Scientific Director of the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, was awarded the TUM Distinguished Affiliated Professorship on 11 November 2021.
Coronavirus : Current information on studies, teaching and exams ("2G rule" / study progress checks are extended in winter semester 2021/22)
2021-11-23 – In view of the dynamics of the current situation, we refer to the relevant information on the TUM website and restrict ourselves to a few specific instructions from the Faculty of Physics . In order to identify changes quickly, the date of the last change is added to the individual paragraphs.
Obituary: Prof. Dr. Shawn Bishop (1971 - 2021)
2021-10-29 – The Physics Department mourns the untimely loss of Prof. Dr. Shawn Bishop. After a long and serious illness he passed away on 19 October 2021, just a few days before his 50th birthday.
New X-ray technology first used with patients
2021-10-26 – For the first time, researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have successfully used a new X-ray method for respiratory diagnostics with patients. Dark-field X-rays visualize early changes in the alveolar structure caused by the lung disease COPD and require only one fiftieth of the radiation dose typically applied in X-ray computed tomography. This permits broad medical application in early detection and treatment follow-up of respiratory ailments.
Unusual superconductivity with two phases
2021-09-30 – Materials with multiple superconducting phases have so far rarely been observed. Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids and the Technical University of Munich are now reporting on the discovery of a two-phase unconventional superconductivity in the heavy fermion superconductor CeRh\(_2\)As\(_2\). Their observations have been published in the journal Science.
The virus trap
2021-07-15 – To date, there are no effective antidotes against most virus infections. An interdisciplinary research team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now developed a new approach: they engulf and neutralize viruses with nano-capsules tailored from genetic material using the DNA origami method. The strategy has already been tested against hepatitis and adeno-associated viruses in cell cultures. It may also prove successful against corona viruses.
Mechanical stimuli influence organ growth
2021-07-13 – In addition to chemical factors, mechanical influences play an important role in the natural growth of human organs such as kidneys, lungs and mammary glands – but also in the development of tumors. Now a research team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has investigated the process in detail using organoids, three-dimensional model systems of such organs which are produced in the laboratory.
Federal Cross of Merit on Ribbon for Volker Schönfelder
2021-06-24 – On 21 June 2021, the Bavarian State Secretary for Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy, Roland Weigert, awarded the Federal Cross of Merit on Ribbon to Professor Dr Volker Schönfelder, former head of the Gamma Astronomy Group at MPE from 1982 to 2004 and professor at the Physics Department.
New light on making two-dimensional polymers
2021-06-11 – An international research team led by members from the Technical University of Munich, the Deutsches Museum, the Linköping University has developed a method to manufacture two-dimensional polymers with the thickness of a single molecule. The polymers are formed on a surface by the action of light. The discovery paves the way to new ultrathin and functional materials.
Borexino team receives prestigious Cocconi award
2021-06-01 – For their groundbreaking observations of solar neutrinos, with which the fusion reactions inside the sun could be experimentally proofed for the first time, the team of the Borexino collaboration receives the prestigious Giuseppe and Vanna Cocconi Prize. Every two years, the European Physical Society awards it to an outstanding discovery in astro-particle physics and cosmology of the past 15 years.
Making the gray cells happy
2021-05-21 – Depressive disorders are among the most frequent illnesses worldwide. The causes are complex and to date only partially understood. The trace element lithium appears to play a role. Using neutrons of the research neutron source at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), a research team has now proved that the distribution of lithium in the brains of depressive people is different from the distribution found in healthy humans.
Prof. Karen Alim receives international research award
2021-04-29 – Karen Alim, Professor on Theory of Biological Networks at the Technical University of Munich, together with a team of international scientists receives a prestigious research grant from the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP), a global program to promote excellent research in the life sciences. The grant is endowed with 1 Mio Dollar for three years.
Windows that generate electricity
2021-03-15 – Electricity from windowpanes sounds like science fiction at first, but it is an application that is possible with organic solar cells. To better understand the active layer of organic solar cells, a team of scientists from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) studied the dynamic behaviour of the active layer at MLZ.
Contactless high performance power transmission
2021-03-12 – A team led by Technical University of Munich (TUM) physicists Christoph Utschick and Prof. Rudolf Gross has succeeded in making a coil with superconducting wires capable of transmitting power in the range of more than five kilowatts contactless and with only small losses. The wide field of conceivable applications include autonomous industrial robots, medical equipment, vehicles and even aircraft.
IceCube detection of a high-energy particle proves 60-year-old theory
2021-03-10 – For the first time, a resonance at ultra-high energies predicted by the eventual Nobel laureate Sheldon Lee Glashow in 1960 was observed. The scientists of the IceCube collaboration identified a particle shower detected in the IceCube Neutrino Observatory as resulting from an interaction of a cosmic electron anti-neutrino with an atomic electron as a long-sought Glashow resonance. The result was published in Nature.
Kick-off event for the Munich Quantum Valley
2021-03-04 – Quantum computers that solve complex problems faster than any supercomputer, infrastructures for the exchange of ideas and technology transfer in the field of quantum science, as well as excellent training and professional education opportunities - these are some of the core goals that scientists will pursue in the Munich Quantum Valley in the future. Today's kick-off event marks the start of this unique initiative.