Forthcoming Events

23.01.2019 - 25.01.2019, DESY-Hamburg and European XFEL, Schenefeld, Germany
09.02.2019 - 13.02.2019, Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada


Cluster of Excellence RESOLV extended- our partner in FP-RESOMUS and the biannual Science and Gender Meetings
The FP-RESOMUS Grant Agreement- now signed by the ETH Zürich and the European Commission
Kontext - A radio broadcast with Ursula Keller and Aline Rickli - on leadership positions for women in science (in German)
Nobel Prize in Physics 2018 for groundbreaking inventions: intense ultrafast laser pulses and optical tweezers
Ambizione grant awarded to Elsa Abreu- in Steve Johnson's group
Fabrizio Carbone promoted Associate Professor of Physics- in the EPFL School of Basic Sciences from 1st of August
New scientific highlights- by MUST PIs Ursula Keller, Gebhard Schertler / Jörg Standfuss, Majed Chergui, Peter Hamm
White Paper Photonics Switzerland- presented June 20, 2018 at the Swissmem "Industrietag"
Ursula Keller portrayed in the NZZ -Laserlicht ist das schönste Licht der Welt

Ambizione grant awarded to Elsa Abreu

Dr. Elsa Abreu won with her research idea on "Exploring superconductivity pathways in low dimensional spin-ladder and spin-chain compounds" the prestigous Ambizione grant. The grant allows her to advance her career by initiating and leading a new research project. The project starts in January 2019 and she is currently looking for a PhD candidate. Congratulations!

The goal of this project is to identify, characterize and exploit the control knob that enables unlocking and tuning of the superconducting state in spin ladder compounds.
More specifically, Elsa Abreu will investigate Sr14-xCaxCu24O41 spin ladder materials, which become superconducting at low temperatures under an applied external pressure. Superconductivity emerges from a spin gap state that exists in the ladders up to above room temperature, creating the potential for high temperature superconductivity.
The proposed approach is to coherently drive the system using low frequency excitations so as to promote the superconducting state to the detriment of other competing phases. Elsa Abreu will study the low frequency conductivity response to the application of a strong static electric field and to excitation by a strong THz transient, as a function of Ca doping in Sr14-xCaxCu24O41. She will also explore the possibility to couple high pressure capabilities into this low temperature THz measurement. Such a technique would be of interest for the study of many complex materials.

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