News from the Physics Department
Light in the nanoworld
2019-08-01 – An international team headed up by Alexander Holleitner and Jonathan Finley, physicists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has succeeded in placing light sources in atomically thin material layers with an accuracy of just a few nanometers. The new method allows for a multitude of applications in quantum technologies, from quantum sensors and transistors in smartphones through to new encryption technologies for data transmission.
Outstanding research – from nanowires to supernovae
2017-12-13 – Five new research projects proposed by scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) were impressive enough to be awarded Consolidator Grants by the European Research Council (ERC) this year. Three of the selected projects are from physics, in the fields of nanosciences, solid-state physics, and cosmology.
Holography with the Wi-Fi-router
2017-05-04 – Scientists at the Physics Department and Walter Schottky Institute of TUM have developed a holographic imaging process that depicts the radiation of a Wi-Fi transmitter to generate three-dimensional images of the surrounding environment. Industrial facility operators could use this to track objects as they move through the production hall.
Nanolaser for information technology
2016-02-11 – Physicists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed a nanolaser, a thousand times thinner than a human hair. Thanks to an ingenious process, the nanowire lasers grow right on a silicon chip, making it possible to produce high-performance photonic components cost-effectively. This will pave the way for fast and efficient data processing with light in the future.
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.
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.