Departement News

Ernst Meyer is awarded an ERC Advanced Grant!

The European Research Council has awarded two University of Basel scientists each a generously endowed ERC Advanced Grant. Biologist Professor Alex Schier and physicist Professor Ernst Meyer will each receive funding in the six figures for their innovative research projects.

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Resolvable heavy neutrino-antineutrino oscillations at colliders

The explanation of the observed light neutrino flavour oscillations requires new particles, absent in the present theory of elementary particles, the so-called “Standard Model”. Extensions of the Standard Model where these new particles are within reach of collider experiments often feature a pair of additional "heavy neutrinos”, with nearly equal masses. Physicists from the University of Basel have recently shown that the small mass difference is predicted in simple neutrino mass theories of this type, and that it leads to oscillations between heavy neutrino states and heavy antineutrino states. These heavy neutrinos and antineutrinos can be detected by their decays into leptons and antileptons of the Standard Model. For comparatively long-lived heavy neutrinos, the oscillations could be resolved at the next (high-luminosity) stage of LHCb, and at envisioned future particle colliders. Their observation would allow a deep insight into the origin of neutrino masses (Mod. Phys. Lett. A34 (2019)).


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Spontaneous spin polarization demonstrated in a two-dimensional material

Physicists from the University of Basel have demonstrated spin alignment of free electrons within a two-dimensional material. Writing in the latest edition of Nature Nanotechnology, they described their observation of spontaneous spin polarization, which cannot occur in ideal two-dimensional materials according to a well-known theorem from the 1960s.

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9.1 million euros COFUND grant for 39 EUCOR PhD students in Quantum Physics

The international doctoral program “QUSTEC” will be established at the European Campus.

The project “Quantum Science and Technologies at the European Campus” (QUSTEC) has been selected by the European Commission as a joint international and interdisciplinary doctoral program in quantum sciences and technologies. Led by Eucor – The European Campus, it will bring together the Universities of Basel, Freiburg and Strasbourg, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and IBM Research Zurich.

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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.

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Fluoreszenzzimmer und Laserlabyrinth: Die Universität Basel an der tunBasel im Video!

In der Erlebniswelt der tunBasel können Kinder und Jugendliche in die Welt der Technik und Naturwissenschaften eintauchen. Der Departemente Chemie und Physik der Universität Basel, des Swiss Nanoscience Institute und der CSEM SA lädt die jungen Besucherinnen und Besucher ein, selber zu tüfteln und experimentieren – mit Laserstrahlen und fluoreszierenden Molekülen. Die tunBasel, ist von 8.–17. Februar 2019 an der MUBA.

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Cryo-force spectroscopy reveals the mechanical properties of DNA components

Physicists from the University of Basel have developed a new method to examine the elasticity and binding properties of DNA molecules on a surface at extremely low temperatures. With a combination of cryo-force spectroscopy and computer simulations, they were able to show that DNA molecules behave like a chain of small coil springs. The researchers reported their findings in Nature Communications.

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Saturday Morning Physics 2019 was a huge success! The Department would like to thank everyone who helped making this event possible. Watch a summary of the SMP2019 here.

Neben spannenden Vorträgen über «Geheimnisvolle Gravitation» sowie über «Supraleitung» wurde auch an der diesjährigen Ausgabe ein Experimente-Park organisiert.

Eine Zusammenfassung der beiden Tage können Sie hier im Video geniessen.


Ein herzliches Dankeschön an die zahlreichen Besucher, die beiden Professoren, das Phaenovum Lörrach und das Gymnasium Kirschgarten sowie den vielen Helfern.


Das Departement Physik

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