News from the Physics Department
Immortal quantum particles
2019-06-27 – Decay is relentless in the macroscopic world: broken objects do not fit themselves back together again. However, other laws are valid in the quantum world: new research shows that so-called quasiparticles can decay and reorganize themselves again and are thus become virtually immortal. These are good prospects for the development of durable data memories.
Cooling for quantum electronics
2019-06-12 – The start-up kiutra is the first company in the world to have succeeded in developing a permanent magnetic cooling system to reach temperatures close to absolute zero. Such temperatures are, for example, required for the operation of quantum computers. The system was set up by a team of researchers from the Physics Department at the Technical University of Munich (TUM).
Exceptions become the rule
2019-05-02 – Electrons and their atomic nuclei influence their respective motions in more materials than previously assumed. Scientists from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Forschungszentrum Jülich made this discovery during measurements conducted at TUM’s research neutron source Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II). Possible applications for the effect they identified include data processing and zero-loss transmission of electricity.
Christoph Hugenschmidt appointed as adjunct professor
2019-04-08 – PD Dr. Christoph Hugenschmidt has been apointed adjunct professor for the subject “Physics with positrons” at the Physics Department of the Technical University of Munich (TUM). Thereby TUM recognizes the scientific achievements of the 49-year-old as well as his years of engagement to teaching. In an interview, Prof. Dr. Christoph Hugenschmidt explains the research field of positrons, which he established at TUM.
TUM physics among the top 16 worldwide
2019-02-27 – The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is ranked among the 25 best universities worldwide in the areas of engineering and the natural sciences. TUM also placed in the top 50 for 10 individual subjects according to the “QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019”. TUM physics is at the global rank 16, the best of the German universities.
Geisterteilchen als faszinierende Lichter und Klänge
2019-02-05 – Ein faszinierendes Kunsterlebnis bieten das Physik-Department der Technischen Universität München (TUM) und der SFB1258 am Wochenende des 9. und 10. Februar 2019 in der „Reaktorhalle“ der Musikhochschule in der Luisenstraße. Die Licht- und Klang-Installation AIS3 [aiskju:b] des Komponisten und Konzeptkünstlers Tim Otto Roth ist an beiden Tagen von 10 bis 20 Uhr geöffnet. Der Eintritt ist frei.
Elisa Resconi appointed as full professor
2019-02-05 – The internationally renown neutrino physicist Elisa Resconi, spokesperson of the Collaborative Research Centre 1258, has been appointed as full professor for “Experimental Physics with Cosmic Particles” at the Physics Department of Technical University of Munich.
90th birthday of Rudolf Mößbauer
2019-01-31 – Heute wäre der Nobelpreisträger Rudolf Mößbauer, der den größten Teil seiner akademischen Laufbahn an seiner Alma Mater in München und Garching verbrachte, 90 Jahre alt geworden. Der frühere Ordinarius für Experimentalphysik der TUM (1965-1997) erhielt die höchste wissenschaftliche Auszeichnung 1961 für den experimentellen Nachweis der rückstoßfreien Kernresonanzabsoprtion. Aus Anlass des Geburtstages berichtet der Deutschlandfunk.
Protein engineering extends immune cell vocabulary
2019-01-25 – Small infections can be fatal: Millions of people die each year from sepsis, an overreaction of the immune system. A new immune signaling molecule, designed by a research team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM), now provides the basis for potential new approaches in sepsis therapy.
Research at high pressure reveals details on phase transition
2019-01-24 – Unlike ice and other inorganic substances, most polymers do not show sharp phase transitions. Instead of melting at a well defined temperature, they gradually soften without significantly changing their microscopic structure. Yet some so-called thermoresponsive polymers show a drastic and discontinuous phase transition with rapid structural changes. An international team of scientists led by Prof. Christine M. Papadakis from TUM’s Physics Department has carried out a series of different experiments at high pressure, that sheds new light on the physical mechanism behind this peculiar behavior.
Models of life
2019-01-17 – Friedrich Simmel und Aurore Dupin, researchers at the Physics Department of TUM, have for the first time created artificial cell assemblies that can communicate with each other. The cells, separated by fatty membranes, exchange small chemical signaling molecules to trigger more complex reactions, such as the production of RNA and other proteins.
Vortrag: 60 Jahre Neutronen-Forschung in Garching
2019-01-10 – Forschung mit intensiven Neutronenstrahlen liefert Grundlagenwissen für Physik, Ingenieurwissenschaften und Medizin. Seit mehr als 60 Jahren wird sie auf dem Garchinger Campus der Technischen Universität München (TUM) betrieben. In einem öffentlichen Vortrag gibt Prof. Winfried Petry, ehemaliger Wissenschaftlicher Direktor der Forschungs-Neutronenquelle Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II), Einblicke in diesen Forschungsbereich.
Zeroing in on the tau lepton
2018-12-19 – A new research group will be launched at the Max Planck Institute for Physics (MPP) in early January 2019. Its main focus will be on the analysis of decay of the tau lepton, an elementary particle related to the electron. The “Tautology Project” will be led by Max-Planck Fellow Stephan Paul, Professor of Hadron Structure and Fundamental Symmetries at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and co-coordinator of the recently approved Cluster of Excellence “Origins”.
Fast storage material in neutron light
2018-12-07 – Novel phase change memory (PCM) materials can work a thousand times faster than current flash memory chips, while being significantly more durable. Using the research neutron source of the Technical University of Munich (TUM), German and American researchers have gained important insights into this promising domain.
Neutrons explain higher efficiency of solar cells with additives
2018-11-19 – Organic solar cells are cheaper to produce than conventional photovoltaic systems and can even be sprayed as thin layers on any surfaces. They have been the subject of intensive research since the Nobel price was awarded for conducting polymers in 2000. Physicists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now been able to clarify why additives increase the efficiency of solar cells from a morphological point of view with the use of neutrons at the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (MLZ).
Munich student team develops new production method for viruses that attack bacteria
2018-11-15 – Bacteria that become resistant to known antibiotics are on rise. A team of students from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Ludwig-Maximilians University (LMU) have developed a new method to produce bacteriophages, the natural enemies of bacteria, which can be used as alternative treatments for bacterial infections. The team took second place among over 350 teams in the renowned global iGEM competition.