News from the Department of Physics and Astronomy
Collaboration: Filmed Lecture by Douglas Hofstadter - Albert Einstein on Light; Light on Albert Einstein
Lecture by Douglas Hofstadter, Indiana University, given on 18 December 2017 in Siegbahnsalen at Uppsala University’s Ångström Laboratory.
Research Funding: Grants for renewable-energy research
The Swedish Research Council and the Swedish Energy Agency are collaborating in an initiative to provide project grants for energy-oriented basic research. Which projects to fund in the 2017 call for applications has now been decided. Uppsala University is receiving grants for four projects.
Research: On the hunt for new and peculiar superconductors
Annica Black-Schaffer wants to understand unconventional superconductors. The fact that she recently received the prestigious ERC Starting Grant and is a former recipient of grants from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation is a testament to the interest in her research. One beckoning application is tomorrow’s supercomputers.
TV-program i SVT Vetenskapsstudion med Sophie Grape som expert
Honorable mention: Henry N. Chapman and Stefano Moretti Named New Honorary Doctors in Physics
Two new honorary doctors connected to the Department of Pysics and Astronomy have been named at the Faculty of Science and Technology at Uppsala University. Henry Chapman, physicist/biophysicist and Stefano Moretti, particle physicist will be conferred Honorary Doctors of Philosophy.
Forskning: A New Level of Magnetic Saturation
An international group of astronomers including Dr. Oleg Kochukhov from the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Uppsala University has detected unexpectedly strong magnetic fields on the surface of a few fast rotating M dwarf stars.
Available Position: Universitetslektor i tillämpad kärnfysik med inriktning mot fissionsmekanismer och kärndata
Research: Measuring magnetism in 3D
A team of researchers from Uppsala University, China and Germany have substantially extended the possibilities of an experimental technique called EMCD, that is used for measuring magnetism in materials. The results were published in Nature Communications on May 15 2017.
Collaboration: Seminar with Nobel Laureate Frank Wilczek "Time Crystals – New States of Matter"
Press release: Magnetic order in a two-dimensional molecular chessboard
Achieving magnetic order in low-dimensional systems consisting of only one or two dimensions has been a research goal for some time. In a new study published in the journal Nature Communications, Uppsala researchers show that magnetic order can be created in a two-dimensional chessboard lattice consisting of organometallic molecules that are only one atomic layer thick.
Education: New study program for people newly arrived in Sweden
In collaboration with the municipality of Uppsala and the Department of Scandinavian languages, the Department of Physics and Astronomy is organising a preparatory year for those newly arrived in Uppsala who would like to study at the university.
Press release: A new type of nano-sensor detects DNA building blocks
Researchers from Uppsala University and Brazil have developed a new type of nano-sensor that can detect single molecules. The nano-sensor, comprising a combination of two different materials, has been used to identify the different building blocks in DNA.
Press release: Collective dynamics in magnetic nano-structures
Researchers at the Division of Solid-state Physics and the Division of Material Physics at Uppsala University have shown how the collective dynamics in a structure consisting of interacting magnetic nano-islands can be manipulated. Their findings are published in the scientific journal Scientific Reports.
Uppsala’s FREIA Lab to help upgrade the Large Hadron Collider
The world’s largest particle physics laboratory, CERN, and Uppsala University have signed a deal worth SEK 20 million for accelerator development at the University’s FREIA Laboratory.
Research: Rosetta paints a new picture of comets
A completely changed understanding of comets. This may be the outcome of space probe Rosetta’s twelve-year journey through the solar system, which came to an end on Friday 30 September. Now, researchers continue to discuss how to interpret all the data Rosetta has collected over the years and sent back to earth.
Observing order in chemical disorder
Recent results on iron-nickel L10 was highlighted in JPhys+ blog.
Press release from DLR: Comet lander Philea found
Press release: Magnetism under the magnifying glass
Being able to determine magnetic properties of materials with sub-nanometer precision would greatly simplify development of magnetic nano-structures for future spintronic devices.
Article on New Scientist: Impossible vanishing stars could be signs of advanced alien life
MAX IV – ready to open up a new world
On 21 June the MAX IV Laboratory in Lund was officially opened – Sweden’s largest ever investment in research infrastructure. The laboratory is the world’s most modern facility for synchrotron light. Here, researchers from across the world can investigate molecular structures and surfaces in more detail than ever before. Uppsala researchers have contributed extensively towards the development and stand ready to make use of the new possibilities.
New combination of materials could speed up computers
Researchers at Uppsala University have discovered a new combination of materials that paves the way for faster and more effective storage in electronic devices like computers and smartphones. What researchers discovered is that the so-called magnetic damping can be made extremely small, eliminating energy losses in the dynamics of magnetic materials.
Oxygen found in extremely distant galaxy – a new key to the history of the universe
Using the giant ALMA telescope in Chile, astronomers in Japan, the UK, Sweden and Germany have found oxygen in an extremely distant galaxy – farther away than oxygen has ever been found before. The finding opens the door to new methods of studying galaxies in the universe’s childhood and provides a key to unravelling this enigmatic epoch of the universe’s history when the gas between the galaxies shifted from being neutral to being ionised.
Collaborative project on thermal cameras in teaching
Jesper Haglund at the Division of Physics Education Research has been awarded 170 000 kr for a project on thermal cameras in teaching in collaboration with the company FLIR.
Prize: Johan Larsson awarded Uppsala University's Pedagogical Prize 2016
Johan Larsson, a lecturer in the Division of Physics Education Research, Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been awarded the 2016 University Pedagogical Prize in the Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology.
Press release: New method to create terahertz radiation advances materials science
Uppsala physicists have in an international collaboration developed a new method for creating laser pulses which are shorter, have much higher intensity and cover the THz frequency range better than current sources. The study is published today in the authoritative journal Nature Photonics and is of great importance to materials research.
Article on SBS: Expect the fallout to become worse: Chernobyl 30 years on
New discovery to increase storage capacity in Lithium-ion batteries
Researchers from Uppsala University have made new advances in understanding energy storage in Lithium-ion batteries. This will benefit the design of new materials for future batteries with considerable higher storage capacity than today.
Uppsala physicist ranked as one of Europe’s foremost
Henrik Johansson, senior lecturer in theoretical physics at the Department of Physics and Astronomy and ranked as one of the foremost researchers in Europe, has been awarded a Swedish Foundations’ Starting Grant.
ERC grant: 1.5 million euros to Theoretical Physics
Monica Guica has been awarded a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant of 1.5 million euros for the project "Emergent spacetime and maximally spinning black holes".
Wallenberg Academy Fellow to theoretical physics
Monica Guica has been appointed Wallenberg Academy Fellow at Uppsala University.
Ulf Danielsson awarded Hedenius Prize 2015
November 22nd, at the ABF building in Stockholm, Ulf Danielsson awarded for his active divulgation of science through his popular science books, public lectures and frequent particition in various media.
Campus movie about Ångstrom Laboratory
The hunt for exact results on the smallest building blocks of matter
The solution to the "confinement problem" is a kind of holy grail of particle physicists. The goal of Joseph Minahan's research project is to find accurate results in gauge theories and string theories that can lead to a better understanding of quantum theory in general. And to get a few steps closer to a solution to this elusive problem the project has just been granted 34 million SEK from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.
PhD Position in Magnetization Dynamics
A 4-year PhD studentship is available at the Division for Molecular and Condensed Matter Physics, at the Department of Physics and Astronomy. The topic of the research is on "Ultrafast magnetization dynamics on the femtosecond timescale". Deadline for applications is 6 November 2015.
34 million SEK from Wallenberg Foundation to Theoretical Physics
Joseph Minahan wins 34 million SEK Wallenberg grant.
90 million SEK from The Knut och Alice Wallenberg Foundation
2015-10-08The Knut och Alice Wallenberg Foundation has approved grants totalling SEK 90 million for three research projects from the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
A colloquium on this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics
A colloquium on this year’s Nobel Prize will be given by professor Olga Botner, who is member in the Nobel Committee for Physics, today Tuesday Oct 6 at 16:15 in Siegbahnsalen, Ångström laboratory.
Uppsala University honorary doctor to Margaret Murnane from Boulder Colorado
Professor Margaret M. Murnane, from University of Colorado in Boulder (USA), was named an honorary doctor at the Faculty of Science and Technology. She is world-leding expert in ultrafast quantum optics and is well known for her work in high-harmonics generation of laser light, ranging from extreme ultraviolet to soft X-ray region. The ceremony will take place in January 2016.
Two independent and primitive envelopes of the bilobate nucleus of comet 67P
Star researcher Karin Lind: Hoping for an exciting breakthrough
As one of six young researchers from around the world, Uppsala researcher Karin Lind has been awarded EUR 1.6 million and her own research team. These will be used to make advances in her research and her theories. At the end of the year she will be leaving Uppsala for the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany.
Research Infrastructure Fellow to build VERITAS beamline at MAX IV
Researcher Marcus Agåker has been awarded a "Research Infrastructure Fellow" by the Swedish Strategic Foundation (SSF), to build the VERITAS beamline at the MAX IV facility in Lund. VERITAS is a bealime for Resonant Inelastic X-ray Scattering (RIXS) in the soft X-ray regime, a technique that has been pionered in Uppsala. The grant is 15 million Swedish crowns for a period of 5 years.
Builds electronics to new experimental facility (in Swedish)
Prof. Mehran Salehpour winner of the IBA-Europhysics Prize 2015
The winner of the 2015 IBA-Europhysics prize for Applied Nuclear Science and Nuclear Methods and Nuclear Methods in Medicine is Prof. Mehran Salehpour at the Division of Applied Nuclear Physics.
New experimental hall in Hamburg is named after Kai Siegbahn
Jacob Eriksson defended his thesis
Jacob Eriksson has successfully defended his PhD thesis Neutron Emission Spectrometry for Fusion Reactor Diagnosis: Method Development and Data Analysis.
Five dissertations from Molcond in 2014
In 2014 there were five dissertations from our division. Congratulations to the new PhDs:
- Susanna Kaufmann Eriksson, "Interfaces in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Studied with Photoelectron Spectroscopy at Elevated Pressures"
- Ieva Bidermane, "Structure and Electronic Properties of Phthalocyanine Films on Metal and Semiconductor Substrates"
- Lage Hedin, "Studies of Single and Multiple Ionization Processes in Rare Gases and some Small Molecules"
- Rebecka Lindblad, "Electronic Structures and Energy Level Alignment in Mesoscopic Solar Cells: A Hard and Soft X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy Study"
- Davide Ragazzon, "Titania Nanoscale Films and Surfaces - Surface Science Investigation of Structure and Properties
The darkness at the end of the time. A book about the universe's dark side by Ulf Danielsson (in Swedish)
35 million SEK from Wallenberg Foundation to "Geometry and Physics"
Maxim Zabzine awarded 35 million SEK Wallenberg grant, jointly with Tobias Ekholm.
Uppsala University awards Doctor Honoris Causa to Dipankar Das Sarma
Professor Dipankar Das Sarma, from Solid State Chemistry Unit at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, will be awarded a honorary degree at Uppsala University. The conferment ceremony will take place in January 2015, and the promotor will be professor Nils Mårtensson. Professor Sarma is a world expert in functional materials.
Magneto-plasmonics of Ni
Angular resolved reflectivity measurements reveal how the plasmonic properties of Ni anti-dot arrays can be influenced by an external magnetic field.
Life came to Earth with comets (in Swedish)
Twisted radio waves provide the world's fastest fiber communication (in Swedish)
Twisted radio waves provide the world's fastest fiber communication (in Swedish). Article publiced in B2B nyheter.se 2015-03-23.
Radioinslag i P3 Institutet, SR: Galaxkannibalism uppmuntras av gravitationen