Ehrungen und Auszeichnungen

Christoph Bruder has just been elected "Fellow of the American Physical Society"!

Christoph Bruder has been awarded this honor for his work on quantum theory of many-body coherent phenomena in

mesoscopic electron systems, cold atoms, and nanomechanical systems by the Division of Condensed Matter Physics (DCMP).


Congratulations to Noah Simon Graber

We congratulate our apprentice Noah Simon Graber for having successfully passed his final exams of his Polymechanics apprenticeship.

Out of overall 31 Polymechanics apprentices in the Basel area, his ranking was among the top 6 with an excellent mark of 5.3.



1st Women in Physics networking hike

On Wednesday, June 10th 2019, a group of female physicists from various different research groups of the Department of Physics at the University of Basel set out on a journey to Beckenried, NW, at the shore of Lake Lucerne, to go on their first Women in Physics networking hike. The goal of this event, which is also a part of the NCCR QSIT equal opportunities program, is to get to know each other, talk about both physics-related and -unrelated topics in a relaxed environment, and build up a sense of community among the female members of the department. After taking the cable car to Klewenalp, which offered amazing views of Lake Lucerne and the surrounding mountains, our path led us uphill to the SAC hut Brisenhaus, and from there in a big loop through meadows and forests back to Klewenalp. There, everyone was happy to get their well-deserved coffee and enjoy the sun until the cable car took us back down and we started our way home back to Basel.


Hoverboard gewinnt Bundespreis bei «Jugend forscht» - ein Grund zu feiern!

In dem Science-Fiction-Klassiker „Zurück in die Zukunft II“ flitzt Filmschauspieler Michael J. Fox auf einem Skateboard durch die Straßen, das keine Rollen besitzt, sondern wie ein Hovercraft über dem Boden schwebt. Genau an dieser technologischen Vision tüftelten auch Felix Sewing und Alex Korocencev. Ihr Gefährt basiert auf vier rotierenden Scheiben, die auf einer darunterliegenden Metallplatte ein kräftiges, abstoßendes Magnetfeld hervorrufen können. Die Tragkraft des Boards ist durchaus beeindruckend, der Prototyp kann ein beträchtliches Gewicht stemmen. Zudem ist es möglich, die Rotorscheiben einzeln zu kippen, wodurch sich das Brett gezielt lenken lässt. Mittlerweile funktioniert die Technik so gut, dass die beiden Jungforscher für die darin verwendete Magnetanordnung ein Patent beantragt haben.


QUSTEC call for PhD students

Quantum Science and Technologies QUSTEC on EUCOR -- The European Campus (Uni Basel, Uni Freiburg, Uni Strasbourg, Karlsruhe KIT, and IBM Zurich)

Call open for 39 doctoral fellowships at!

Apply now, call closes Aug 19, 2019.



Prix Schläfli 2019 an Physiker Matteo Fadel von der Universität Basel

Der Physiker Dr. Matteo Fadel von der Universität Basel gehört zu den vier jungen Forschenden an Schweizer Hochschulen, die von der Akademie der Naturwissenschaften (SCNAT) mit dem Prix Schläfli 2019 ausgezeichnet werden. Der Preis wird jährlich für die vier besten Doktorarbeiten in Naturwissenschaften vergeben.


Christina Psaroudaki is awarded the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship

We congratulate Christina for winning the prestigious Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship. Her project "Engineering the dynamics of magnetic skyrmions using non-equilibrium protocols" will be carried out at the Californian Institute of Technology (Caltech) together with European partners at the University of Cologne.

Currently, Christina is a postdoctoral researcher in the group of Prof. Daniel Loss. Her research interests are in the field of magnetic systems with focus on the quantum dynamics of skyrmions.

We wish Christina continued success on her career path.


Katharina Laubscher is awarded Emilie-Louise-Frey-Preis 2018

At the 558th Dies Academicus, the Emilie Louise Frey-Preis 2018 is awarded to Katharina Laubscher for her Master thesis "Universal quantum computation using a hybrid quantum double model” carried out in the group of Prof. Daniel Loss.

Currently, Katharina is an Excellence Fellow of the PhD School “Quantum Computing and Quantum Technologies” and is doing her PhD in the group of Prof. Jelena Klinovaja in the field of topological quantum computing.


In her Master thesis, Katharina showed that it is possible to build novel planar quantum codes based on the combination of two different quantum double models, and that such hybrid codes constitute a novel pathway to universal fault-tolerant quantum computation. From a purely theoretical point of view, this is an important proof of principle and a large step towards a complete understanding of the quantum double models and their potential for quantum computation. From a more practical point of view, there may be direct advantages in terms of time- and special overhead of such a hybrid model compared to other techniques that enable universal fault-tolerant quantum computation, the most prominent one being a particularly resource-intensive procedure called magic state distillation.