Forthcoming Events

08.10.2017 - 13.10.2017, Jackson Hole, WY, USA
29.11.2017 - 01.12.2017, European XFEL, Schenefeld / CFEL, Hamburg
30.11.2017 - 01.12.2017, European XFEL, Schenefeld, Germany


Ambizione awards for three current and former MUST researchers- Axel Schild, Arianna Marchioro and Dmitry Momotenko
Successful Gender and Science Meeting 2017- 80 participants, lively discussions, and inspiring talks
OSA - Women of Light: A Special Program for Women in Optics, with Ursula Keller
Gender and Science Meeting 2017- organised by the NCCR MUST and RESOLV
STC2017 - Big data in chemistry - Basel- Deadline for registration August 1
Führen in Hochschulen- new book by Springer, including an interview with Ursula Keller by Andrea Eichholzer
Special issue of Chimia - on The Lausanne Centre for Ultrafast Science (LACUS)
Weizmann Women and Science Awardto Prof. Ursula Keller
An ultrafast X-ray source in a laboratory format- New Science paper by Hans Jakob Wörner, Jean-Pierre Wolf and co-workers
A Journey into Time in Powers of Ten- exhibition in Campus Info, ETH Hönggerberg, Sept. - Dec. 2016

Technology Transfer

Photonics plays an important role in Switzerland, in basic research as well as in industry. NCCR MUST concentrates on basic research and on excelling in pushing the frontiers of knowledge. To bridge the challenging gap to the markets NCCR MUST Technology Transfer activities aim to:

  • strengthen the connections between its researchers and industrial key players.
  • initiate and support technology transfer activities
  • profit from the interaction with the industry
using the following tools: MUST has identified several promising areas for technology transfer:
  • MUST pushes the frontiers of experimental measurement systems with new - in house developed - equipment. Thus, the major potential market segment is sophisticated photonic instrumentation with applications such as those in production quality control, environmental pollution, sensing, and health markets. A major tool for technology transfer is the biannual Photonic Instruments Workshop organised in collaboration with the Swiss Photonics Network.
  • Lasers for material processing and micro-machining. Standard milling of materials with a laser beam causes damage due to thermal effects. Such thermal effects can be avoided by milling the material with ultrashort pulses (“cold material processing”).
  • Development of new detectors and sensor materials. MUST is not developing detectors in the classical sense, such as CCD cameras. However, MUST researchers are constantly developing schemes, i.e. combinations of devices (including detectors) and software to measure things that could not be measured otherwise. Improved understanding of molecular ultrafast processes can lead to extremely sensitive detectors, as for example the detector to monitor atmospheric pollutants deployed on the PlanetSolar Deepwater project (see Plair), or the use of ultrafast lasers in laser ablation ionization mass spectrometers, which is the basis of start-up IONIGHT.
  • Atmospheric applications (mainly targeted by PI Wolf), such as "laser weather control" (triggering lightning, cloud seeding) and multiphoton/tunnel molecular ionization.
  • Health sciences: optical coherence tomography, laser tissue manipulation, laser micro-surgery or imaging in strongly scattering media
  • FELs: synchronizing electron accelerator machines (timing).
  • Multiphoton microscopy is one of the most powerful light-microscopy techniques, and the availability of economic (cheap) pulsed IR lasers could really revolutionize the field.
  • Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM): In the laboratory for Ultrafast Microscopy and Electron Scattering (LUMES) at EPFL, a commercially available JEOL 2100 TEM was modified to make it into a microscope capable of taking femtosecond-resolved movies of materials. This may lead to the construction of a true ad-hoc designed TEM for ultrafast operation.

For information and support please contact the Scientific Officer, Jan van Beilen (044 633 29 90).


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