News: Centre: Physics Centre related to Chalmers University of TechnologyWed, 17 Apr 2019 11:02:15 +0200 materials with ultrafast connections<p><b>Through magic twist angles and unique energy states, it is possible to design tailor-made, atomically thin materials that could be invaluable for future electronics. Now, researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, and Regensburg University in Germany have shed light on the ultrafast dynamics in these novel materials. The results were recently published in the prestigious journal Nature Materials.​​​</b></p><div><div>Imagine you are building an energy-efficient and super-thin solar cell. You have one material that conducts current and another that absorbs light. You must therefore use both materials to achieve the desired properties, and the result may not be as thin as you hoped.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Now imagine instead that you have atomically thin layers of each material, that you place on top of each other. You twist one layer towards the other a certain amount, and suddenly a new connection is formed, with special energy states – known as interlayer excitons – that exist in both layers. You now have your desired material at an atomically thin level.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Ermin Malic, researcher at Chalmers University of Technology, in collaboration with German research colleagues around Rupert Huber at Regensburg University, has now succeeded in showing how fast these states are formed and how they can be tuned through twisting angles. Stacking and twisting atomically thin materials like Lego bricks, into new materials known as ‘heterostructures’, is an area of research that is still at its beginning.</div></div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/Blandade%20dimensioner%20inne%20i%20artikel/ErminMalic_190415_05_350xwebb.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><div>“These heterostructures have tremendous potential, as we can design tailor-made materials. The technology could be used in solar cells, flexible electronics, and even possibly in quantum computers in the future,” says Ermin Malic, Professor at the Department of Physics at Chalmers.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Ermin Malic and his doctoral students Simon Ovesen and Samuel Brem recently collaborated with researchers at Regensburg University. The Swedish group has been responsible for the theoretical part of the project, while the German researchers conducted the experiments. For the first time, with the help of unique methods, they succeeded in revealing the secrets behind the ultrafast formation and dynamics of interlayer excitons in heterostructure materials. They used two different lasers to follow the sequence of events. By twisting atomically thin materials towards each other, they have demonstrated that it is possible to control how quickly the exciton dynamics occurs.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“This emerging field of research is equally fascinating and interesting for academia as it is for industry,” says Ermin Malic. He leads the Chalmers Graphene Centre, which gathers research, education and innovation around graphene, other atomically thin materials and heterostructures under one common umbrella.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>These kinds of promising materials are known as two-dimensional (2D) materials, as they only consist of an atomically thin layer. Due to their remarkable properties, they are considered to have great potential in various fields of technology. Graphene, consisting of a single layer of carbon atoms, is the best-known example. It is starting to be applied in industry, for example in super-fast and highly sensitive detectors, flexible electronic devices and multifunctional materials in  automotive, aerospace and packaging industries.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>But graphene is just one of many 2D materials that could be of great benefit to our society. There is currently a lot of discussion about heterostructures consisting of graphene combined with other 2D materials. In just a short time, research on heterostructures has made great advances, and the journal Nature has recently published several breakthrough articles in this field of research. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>At Chalmers, several research groups are working at the forefront of graphene. The Graphene Centre is now investing in new infrastructure in order to be able to broaden the research area to include other 2D materials and heterostructures as well.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“We want to establish a strong and dynamic hub for 2D materials here at Chalmers, so that we can build bridges to industry and ensure that our knowledge will benefit society,” says Ermin Malic.</div></div> <div>​<br /></div> <div></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Text and image: Mia Halleröd Palmgren, </span><a href=""></a><br /></div> <div>Translation to English: Joshua Worth,<a href=""></a></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Read the scientific paper <span style="background-color:initial"><a href="">Ultrafast transition between exciton phases in van der Waals heterostructures</a> </span><span style="background-color:initial">in Nature Materials.</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><div><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Read the press release from Regensburg University, Germany. </a></div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="/sv/centrum/graphene/Sidor/default.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Read more about the Graphene Centre at Chalmers (GCC)</a></div> <span style="background-color:initial"></span></div> <div><br /></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">For more information: </h3> <div><a href="/sv/personal/Sidor/ermin-malic.aspx">Ermin Malic,​</a> Professor, Department of Physics and Director of the Graphene Centre, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, +46 31 772 32 63, +46 70 840 49 53, <a href="">​</a></div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/750x340/SamuelBremErminMalic_20190415_bannerwebb.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br />Professor Ermin Malic (to the right) and his doctoral students Samuel Brem (left) and <span style="background-color:initial">Simon Ovesen (not pictured) r</span><span style="background-color:initial">ecently collaborated with researchers at Regensburg University. The Swedish group has been responsible for the theoretical part of the project, while the German researchers conducted the experiments.</span><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><span style="background-color:initial">​</span></div> <span></span><div><span style="background-color:initial"></span></div>Wed, 17 Apr 2019 07:00:00 +0200 curious teens in the world of microwaves<p><b>​Eighth graders from schools in Gothenburg and Mariestad learned about microwave technology when they visited MC2 on 9 April. &quot;The goal is to try to get you interested in studying at Chalmers&quot;, said Robert Rehammar from Bluetest.</b></p><div><span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/microwave_IMG_6804_350x305.gif" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Picture from microwave event." style="margin:5px" />It was the national cluster Microwave Road that, in collaboration with Chalmers and the companies Bluetest, Ericsson and Qamcom, invited young people to a day in the world of microwaves. The idea came from Robert Rehammar (to the left), CTO at Bluetest, and he also welcomed the students to the introduction in the lecture hall Kollektorn.</span><br /></div> <div>&quot;In Gothenburg we are very good at microwaves. One might say that we are one of the four best places in the world in the area&quot;, he said.</div> <div><br /></div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Strong growth</h5> <div>Microwave Road connects a number of companies and institutions in the region with microwave technology as a common denominator. It is an area of ​​strong growth and with a great need for competent workforce.</div> <div>&quot;By showing you some of all the cool things that can be done with microwaves, we want to try to get you interested&quot;, Robert Rehammar said.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>With him in Kollektorn were Hans Hjelmgren, associate professor of microwave technology and program manager for the MSc program in electrical engineering at Chalmers, Jonas Flygare, doctoral student at Onsala Space Observatory, Magnus Rissvik, Alessandro Cartabellotta and Yuki Kubota, all three from Ericsson, and Edit Helgee, Qamcom.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Microwave technology is available in considerably more contexts than the classic radar motifs with flashing dots seen in action films, and rotating objects on top of the passenger ferries' navigation bridges. In fact, microwaves are used everywhere today, but we may not think about it. The 125 eighth graders learned more about all this in short presentations and exercises.</div> <div><br /></div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/microwave_IMG_6817_350x305.gif" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Picture from microwave event." style="margin:5px" />Makes traffic safer</h5> <div>Edit Heelge (to the right) from Qamcom works with radar systems for cars:</div> <div>&quot;We are investigating how radar measures distance, speed and direction and how to use it to make traffic safer&quot;, she told.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>In his job as a doctoral student at Onsala Space Observatory, Jonas Flygare uses microwaves and radio telescopes.</div> <div>&quot;It's another way of looking at space. With microwave antennas as a telescope, we capture signals from stars very far from here&quot;, he explained.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Magnus Rissvik talked about how Ericsson develops and sharpens the connected society in different ways. Among other things, they have a project in collaboration with SMHI that makes it possible to visualize rainfall for the benefit of farmers and others.</div> <div>&quot;Microwaves are affected by moisture and rain. With the help of radio links we can measure how much it has been raining locally, and see exactly where it rained and how much. Farmers can find out if it has rained on their land or if they may need to water it&quot;, Magnus Rissvik told us.</div> <div><br /></div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Huge labour market</h5> <div>Hans Hjelmgren stroke a blow to start studying electrical engineering at Chalmers:</div> <div>&quot;There is a lot going on in electrical engineering, now and in the next few years. The labour market is huge. It is about the connected society where we talk to each other, use mobile phones and have started talking to cars, which in turn speak to the traffic lights. Different things are connected to each other. All this communication is done with microwaves&quot;, said Hans Hjelmgren.</div> <div>He continued:</div> <div>&quot;It can be difficult to study at Chalmers, but it is also very fun. There is a lot of fun that one can engage in beside the studies; air-balloon, ice hockey, cortège, spex and much more.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/microwave_IMG_6767_350x305.gif" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Picture from microwave event." style="margin:5px" />Hans Hjelmgren (to the right) spoke about several exciting areas where microwave technology is applied, for example the mobile stroke helmet and the world-famous mind-controlled arm protease developed by Chalmers researcher Max Ortiz Catalan:</div> <div>&quot;It is so sensitive that you can pick up an egg with it&quot;, he said.</div> <div>In electrical engineering, you work a lot with electric vehicles and renewable electricity. Hans Hjelmgren took the opportunity to mention the self-driving bus that can be tested in Chalmers both campuses during test periods.</div> <div>&quot;So far, the bus goes quite slowly, but it runs around Chalmers completely on its own. We want the electricity for electric cars to come from renewable sources. At Chalmers we work with wind power and solar power&quot;, he said.</div> <div><br /></div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Four stations</h5> <div>Most of the event took place at four different stations that the students had to circulate between. Among other things, a drone appeared, the youngsters did a minor space observation and tested their mobile phones' performance in a mini-competition. The whole thing was very much appreciated and the young people asked many curious questions.</div> <div>&quot;They got to test their mobile phones, see how radars are used for self-driving cars, and how microwaves are used to understand the universe&quot;, says Hans Hjelmgren.</div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/microwave_IMG_6859_665x330.gif" alt="Picture from microwave event." style="margin:5px" /><br /><span style="background-color:initial">The event combined physics, technology and mathematics in an exciting way, and was included as part of The International Science Festival's ongoing school program.</span><br /></div> <div>Hans Hjelmgren was very happy with the day:</div> <div>&quot;Everything worked according to plan. We invited schoolchildren to explore the exciting world of microwaves. Hopefully some of them will appear at Chalmers in the future&quot;, he says.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text and photo: Michael Nystås</div>Thu, 11 Apr 2019 10:00:00 +0200;s fastest hydrogen sensor could pave the way for clean energy<p><b>Hydrogen is a clean and renewable energy carrier that can power vehicles, with water as the only emission. Unfortunately, hydrogen gas is highly flammable when mixed with air, so very efficient and effective sensors are needed. Now, researchers from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, present the first hydrogen sensors ever to meet the future performance targets for use in hydrogen powered vehicles.</b></p><div><p class="chalmersElement-P">​<span style="background-color:initial">The researchers’ ground-breaking results were recently <a href="">published in the prestigious scientific journal Nature Materials.​</a> The discovery is an optical nanosensor encapsulated in a plastic material. The sensor works based on an optical phenomenon – a plasmon – which occurs when metal nanoparticles are illuminated and capture visible light. The sensor simply changes colour when the amount of hydrogen in the environment changes.</span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">The plastic around the tiny sensor is not just for protection, but functions as a key component. It increases the sensor’s response time by accelerating the uptake of the hydrogen gas molecules into the metal particles where they can be detected. At the same time, the plastic acts as an effective barrier to the environment, preventing any other molecules from entering and deactivating the sensor. The sensor can therefore work both highly efficiently and undisturbed, enabling it to meet the rigorous demands of the automotive industry – to be capable of detecting 0.1 percent hydrogen in the air in less than a second.</p> <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/350x305/Ferry_portratt_350x305.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px;height:216px;width:250px" /><p class="chalmersElement-P">“We have not only developed the world's fastest hydrogen sensor, but also a sensor that is stable over time and does not deactivate. Unlike today's hydrogen sensors, our solution does not need to be recalibrated as often, as it is protected by the plastic,” says Ferry Nugroho, a researcher at the Department of Physics at Chalmers.</p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">It was during his time as a PhD student that Ferry Nugroho and his supervisor Christoph Langhammer realised that they were on to something big. After reading a scientific article stating that no one had yet succeeded in achieving the strict response time requirements imposed on hydrogen sensors for future hydrogen cars, they tested their own sensor. They realised that they were only one second from the target – without even trying to optimise it. The plastic, originally intended primarily as a barrier, did the job better than they could have imagined, by also making the sensor faster. The discovery led to an intense period of experimental and theoretical work.</p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">“In that situation, there was no stopping us. We wanted to find the ultimate combination of nanoparticles and plastic, understand how they worked together and what made it so fast. Our hard work yielded results. Within just a few months, we achieved the required response time as well as the basic theoretical understanding of what facilitates it,” says Ferry Nugroho.</p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">Detecting hydrogen is challenging in many ways. The gas is invisible and odourless, but volatile and extremely flammable. It requires only four percent hydrogen in the air to produce oxyhydrogen gas, sometimes known as knallgas, which ignites at the smallest spark. In order for hydrogen cars and the associated infrastructure of the future to be sufficiently safe, it must therefore be possible to detect extremely small amounts of hydrogen in the air. The sensors need to be quick enough that leaks can be rapidly detected before a fire occurs.</p> <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/350x305/ChristophLanghammerfarg350x305.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px;height:216px;width:250px" /><p class="chalmersElement-P">​“It feels great to be presenting a sensor that can hopefully be a part of a major breakthrough for hydrogen-powered vehicles. The interest we see in the fuel cell industry is inspiring,” says Christoph Langhammer, Professor at Chalmers Department of Physics.</p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">Although the aim is primarily to use hydrogen as an energy carrier, the sensor also presents other possibilities. Highly efficient hydrogen sensors are needed in the electricity network industry, the chemical and nuclear power industry, and can also help improve medical diagnostics.</p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">“The amount of hydrogen gas in our breath can provide answers to, for example, inflammations and food intolerances. We hope that our results can be used on a broad front. This is so much more than a scientific publication,” says Christoph Langhammer.</p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">In the long run, the hope is that the sensor can be manufactured in series in an efficient manner, for example using 3D printer technology.<br /><br /></p> <div><strong>Text: </strong><span style="background-color:initial">Mia Halleröd Palmgren,</span><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><a href=""></a> and <span style="background-color:initial">Joshua Worth,</span><a href=""></a><span style="background-color:initial">​ </span></div> <div><strong>Image</strong> of C<span style="background-color:initial">hristoph</span><span style="background-color:initial"></span><span style="background-color:initial"></span><span style="background-color:initial"></span><span style="background-color:initial"></span><span style="background-color:initial"></span><span style="background-color:initial"></span><span style="background-color:initial"></span><span style="background-color:initial"></span><span style="background-color:initial"> Langhammer: Henrik Sandsjö</span><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>Illustration</strong> of the sensor technique: </span><span style="background-color:initial">Ella Marushchenko<br /></span><span style="background-color:initial">Images of Ferry Nugroho, the sensor and the group picture: Mia Halleröd Palmgren​</span></div></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/750x340/Vatgassensor_750x340.jpg" alt="" style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:&quot;open sans&quot;, sans-serif;font-size:24px;background-color:initial;margin:5px" /> ​</div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4"><span>Facts: The world's fastest hydrogen sensor​</span><span>​</span></h4> <div><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:&quot;open sans&quot;, sans-serif;background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><ul><li><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/Blandade%20dimensioner%20inne%20i%20artikel/vätgassensor_amerikansk_illu350x460.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:324px" /><span style="background-color:initial">The Chalmers-developed sensor is based on an optical phenomenon – a plasmon – which occurs when metal nanoparticles are illuminated and capture light of a certain wavelength.</span></li> <li><span style="background-color:initial"></span>The optical nanosensor contains millions of metal nanoparticles of a palladium-gold alloy, a material which is known for its sponge-like ability to absorb large amounts of hydrogen. The plasmon phenomenon then causes the sensor to change colour when the amount of hydrogen in the environment changes.</li> <li>The plastic around the sensor is not only a protection, but also increases the sensor’s response time by facilitating hydrogen molecules to penetrate the metal particles more quickly and thus be detected more rapidly. At the same time, the plastic acts as an effective barrier to the environment because no other molecules than hydrogen can reach the nanoparticles, which prevents deactivation.</li> <li>The efficiency of the sensor means that it can meet the strict performance targets set by the automotive industry for application in hydrogen vehicles of the future by being capable of detecting 0.1 percent hydrogen in the air in less than one second.</li> <li>The research was funded by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research, within the framework of the Plastic Plasmonics project.​<br /><br /></li></ul> <div><div></div></div></div> <div> </div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">About the scientific article: </h4> <div> </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">The article</span><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><a href="">”Metal – Polymer Hybrid Nanomaterials for Plasmonic Ultrafast Detection” ​</a><span style="background-color:initial">has been published in Nature Materials and is written by Chalmers researchers Ferry Nugroho, Iwan Darmadi, Lucy Cusinato, Anders Hellman, Vladimir P. Zhdanov and Christoph Langhammer. The results have been developed in collaboration with Delft Technical University in the Netherlands, the Technical University of Denmark and the University of Warsaw, Poland.</span><span style="background-color:initial">​</span></div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/750x340/Vatgassensor_forskarnabakom_20190404_750x340.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /> <span style="background-color:initial">Chalmers researchers</span><span style="background-color:initial"> ​</span><span style="background-color:initial">F</span><span style="background-color:initial">erry Nugroho, Iwan Darmadi, Christoph Langhammer, Lucy Cusinato och Anders Hellman. </span></div> <span></span><div></div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div><h4 class="chalmersElement-H4" style="font-family:&quot;open sans&quot;, sans-serif">For more information:​</h4> <div><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Ferry-Anggoro-Ardy-Nugroho.aspx">Ferry Nugroho</a>, <span></span>Researcher, Department of Physics, Chalmers University of Technology, +46 31 772 54 21, <a href=""></a><br /><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/staff/Pages/Christoph-Langhammer.aspx">Christoph Langhammer</a>, Professor, Department of Physics, Chalmers University of Technology, +46 31 772 33 31, ​ <a href=""></a></div></div>Thu, 11 Apr 2019 07:00:00 +0200 conference looking into space and the future<p><b>​On April 15 international researchers working on instrumentation and technologies for astronomy, planetary and remote sensing gather at Chalmers for ISSTT 2019, the 30th International Symposium on Space Terahertz Technology. – This is a relatively small and highly specialized research field, contributing absolute top-class instruments and research to many other fields, says Victor Belitsky, head of ISSTT’s local organizing committee at Chalmers.</b></p>​This also marks the second time the ISSTT is arranged at Chalmers, who was first to arrange the symposium outside of the US, in 2005. The symposium topics range from instrumentation for miniature “shoe box” satellites and how to probe the trail of water in distant space in search of habitable planets, to the development strategies for the <a href="">ALMA Observatory in Chile</a>.<div><div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/RoG/Profilbilder/belitsky-victor.JPG" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />– What is perhaps “exotic” for our field is that it covers many areas. It’s rooted in basic physics, we have first-rate engineering of micro components down to Nano levels, as well as practical installations in full scale telescopes – and there are many connections and active feedback from users and researchers. This is also reflected in the wide variety of topics during the conference, says Victor Belitsky. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Victor is professor and head of the Group for Advanced Receiver Development (GARD) at Chalmers. GARD is part of the division Onsala Space Observatory at the Department of Space, Earth and Environment and the group is responsible for designing and delivering instruments and receiver systems to some of the world’s largest astronomy observatories such as ALMA, <a href="">APEX</a> and <a href="">Herschel</a>.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><div>Victor describes the atmosphere at ISSTT to be both informal and productive, mainly since many of over the 130 coming researchers are returning ISSTT participants, willing to share ideas and discoveries. But there are also new researchers coming every year. To encourage young participants the symposium arranges a student competition for the first time this year, to “identify and recognize outstanding technical contributions from individual students”. Five students from the master program in Wireless, Photonics and Space Engineering are also participating in the symposium. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>The five keynote speakers are: </div> <div><div><ul><li><span style="background-color:initial">Susanne Aalto, </span><span style="background-color:initial">Extragalactic Astronomy, Space, Earth and Environment, Chalmers. </span></li> <li><span style="background-color:initial">Donal Murtagh, Microwave and optical remote sensing, </span><span style="background-color:initial">S</span><span style="background-color:initial">pace, Earth and Environment, </span><span style="background-color:initial">Chalmers. ​</span></li> <li><span style="background-color:initial">Leonardo Testi, </span>Professor, Head of the ESO ALMA Support Centre</li> <li><span style="background-color:initial">Paola Caselli, </span>the Max-Planck-Institute, and Space, Earth and Environment , Chalmers</li> <li><span style="background-color:initial">Karl-Friedrich Schuster, </span>Institut de Radioastronomie Millimétrique</li></ul></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">When considering the symposium programme, Victor is most looking forward to the last day of the conference, which focuses on new devices and future developments. But he also knows to expect the unexpected during the ISSTT. </span><br /></div></div> <div><br /></div> <div>– The abstracts from our invited speakers look very promising, but I also know that we are in for some surprises, as some of the speakers will present their very latest work, and even works in progress for others to comment. So, I am most looking forward to the surprises! </div></div> <div><br /></div> <div><em>Text: Christian Löwhagen.</em></div> <div><br /></div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Read more: ​​</h5> <div><a href="">ISSTT 2019 official web site​</a>. </div> <div><a href="/en/departments/see/research/OSO/gard/Pages/default.aspx">GARD, the Group for Advanced Receiver Development at Chalmers</a>. </div> <div><a href="/en/departments/see/news/Pages/Will-image-the-distant-universe.aspx">News item about the ALMA receivers, developed and produced by GARD</a>.</div> <div><p class="MsoNormal"><br /></p></div></div>Tue, 09 Apr 2019 00:00:00 +0200 equality representative at MC2<p><b>​Per Rudquist, associate professor at the Electronics Materials and Systems Laboratory, and head of undergraduate education, has been appointed as equality representative at MC2. &quot;Specifically, of course, I want no employees to feel that there is discrimination or that there is inequality in any form&quot;, he says.</b></p><div><h5 class="chalmersElement-H5"><span>Congratulations to your new assignment, Per! How does it feel?</span></h5></div> <div>&quot;It feels good while I sense that I have not really started the practical work yet. Being an equality representative is a mission of trust that also entails employer responsibility. It is therefore important to know and be able to clarify what my role is in different situations&quot;, he says.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/prudquist_IMG_6714_350x305.gif" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Picture of Per Rudquist." style="margin:5px" />Per Rudquist is a Master of Science in Physics Engineering with a degree from Chalmers in 1992. Immediately after his degree he began doctoral studies in liquid crystals, and defended his PhD in 1997. In 2001 he became associate professor at Chalmers, in 2004 he became a senior lecturer, and today he is working at the Electronics Materials and Systems Laboratory (EMSL). In 2018 he was appointed as head of undergraduate education at MC2.</div> <div>&quot;I have also been several times working at the University of Colorado, in Boulder, USA&quot;, Per tells.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>He was appointed as equality representative on 1 January and will serve until at least 31 December 2021. </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Do you have any specific thoughts about what you want to achieve?</h5> <div>&quot;Specifically, of course, I want no employees to feel that there is discrimination or that there is inequality in any form, regardless which part of the department we consider. We have several different categories of employees at the department and the gender distribution is very different in different groups. A basic rule when it comes to gender equality, I think, is that 'nobody should be prevented, forced, or expected to do anything because of their gender affiliation'&quot;, Per Rudquist says.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>He also wants to work with the workplace culture at MC2, about raising awareness of how we unconsciously and consciously express ourselves and treat each other. The gender gap in research and technology is another area that engages the new equality representative:</div> <div>&quot;I've been thinking about the causes for a long time and reacting in particular to the fact that we often use statistics to assign individuals certain properties. We are already starting when the children are small and it continues up into adulthood. If I, in my role as equality representative, could contribute to a change even on this plan, it would feel good&quot;, Per Rudquist says.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>As equality representative, Per Rudquist works for equality and should primarily work proactively and not administratively or investigative. He succeeds Cristina Andersson who previously had the same role.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Per Rudquist lives in Mölnlycke with his wife Elisabeth and their two kids, aged six and eight.</div> <div>&quot;Yes, the schedule is filled up even outside of work! My own main hobbies - the music and the sport - have to stand back yet a while for everyday life to work&quot;, Per smiles.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text and photo: Michael Nystås</div> <div><br /></div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Do you want to get in touch with Per Rudquist?</h5> <div><a href=""></a>, ext. 3389</div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="/insidan/EN/about-chalmers/equality/something-happened/equality-representatives">Read more about the equality representatives at Chalmers</a> &gt;&gt;&gt;</div>Mon, 08 Apr 2019 10:00:00 +0200 is the winner of the Gothenburg Lise Meitner Award<p><b>​The Gothenburg Physics Centre proudly presents Austen Angell as the winner of the Gothenburg Lise Meitner Award 2019. He receives the award “For inventing the concept of fragility of glass-forming liquids.”​</b></p><div class="page-content"><div><h5 class="chalmersElement-H5"><img width="299" height="260" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Porträtt_Chandrashekhar_Josh350x305webb.jpg" src="/SiteCollectionImages/Centrum/Fysikcentrum/Gothenburg%20Lise%20Meitner%20Award/Lise%20Meitner%20Award%202019/austenangel_1.jpg" style="margin:5px;height:266px;width:204px" /></h5> </div> <div><a href="" style="outline:0px">Austen Angell​</a><span style="background-color:initial">, born 1933 in Canberra, Australia, is currently Regents’ Professor at Arizona State University, USA. </span><span style="background-color:initial">During his long career, he has worked mostly on liquids and glasses, but also published on geochemical, biophysical and battery electrolyte problems. </span><span style="background-color:initial">He currently makes a major effort in the energy storage and conversion disciplines.</span><br /></div> <div></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">He has more than 500 publications and has received several awards – for example the “Outstanding reviewer” award by APS 2009 and the Galileo Galilei award by ISPE 2018. </span><span style="background-color:initial">I</span><span style="background-color:initial">n 2015 he was honored as University College London's Bragg lecturer. </span></div> <div></div> <div>Professor Angell holds a Ph.D. degree from London University, Imperial College, where he won the Armstrong medal for 1959-61. </div> <div></div> <div>He made a postdoc at Argonne National Laboratory, before joining Purdue University where he became full professor in 1971, and is at ASU since 1989. <br /><br /><div><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Read more about Austen Angell, Arizona State University</a></div> <div><a href=";hl=en"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Read more about his publications</a></div> <div><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />Read Austen Angell’s biography​</a></div> <div><br /><span style="background-color:initial">Austen Angell has had collaborations with researchers at Chalmers since more than 30 years and been faculty opponent on several occasions. </span><span style="background-color:initial">He was nominated for the Gothenburg Lise Meitner Award 2019 by Professors Patrik Johansson and Aleksandar Matic, both at the Department of Physics at Chalmers. </span><br /></div></div> <div></div> <div>Austen Angell receives the award <em>“For inventing the concept of fragility of glass-forming liquids.”<br /></em></div> <div></div> <div> </div> <div>The award ceremony will take place on 19 September 2019. In connection with the award ceremony, the laureate will hold a lecture in honour of the Austrian-Swedish physicist Lise Meitner.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/centres/gpc/activities/lisemeitner/Pages/default.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Read more about the Gothenburg Lise Meitner Award and previous laureates. ​</a><span style="background-color:initial">​​</span></div></div>Fri, 05 Apr 2019 00:00:00 +0200 Professor chosen to be Wallenberg Scholars<p><b>​Chalmers Professor Fredrik Höök is one of 22 prominent researchers in Sweden to receive SEK 18 million from the Wallenberg Foundations in the form of a five-year grant for free research.​​​</b></p>​<span></span><span style="background-color:initial">“</span><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Centrum/Fysikcentrum/News/Fredrik-Hook_400x550px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" /><span style="background-color:initial">It is amazing to get this chance and I feel deeply honoured. Now, I will carefully consider how to make the best out of this opportunity and the responsibility that comes with this privilege, ”says Fredrik Höök, Professor at the Department of Physics at Chalmers.</span><div><br /></div> <div>Wallenberg Scholars is a program designed to support and encourage some of the most successful researchers at Swedish universities. The aim is for the researchers to be able to adopt a long-term approach to their work, with less time and effort expended on seeking external funding, and with higher ambitions, so that their research has an even greater international impact. The grants also enable researchers to commit to more challenging and longer-term projects. </div> <div><h5 class="chalmersElement-H5" style="font-family:&quot;open sans&quot;, sans-serif">Studying cell communication</h5></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Fredrik Höök is conducting research within biological physics and he is the academic leader of the industrial research centre Formulaex. The project focuses on encapsulating biological pharmaceuticals into nanoscale carriers in order to reach the body’s cells and treat severe diseases.</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>In his research, Fredrik Höök is studying how biological cells communicate with each other. Cell membranes play a key role in many biological processes and diseases. The membrane is essential for the cell’s ability to communicate with its surroundings. Sometimes particles of membrane can detach to form “communication capsules”, (microvesicles), which transport substances to other cells. Fredrik Höök and his colleagues intend to develop new methods for studying the microvesicles, and to try to make copies of them.  </div> <div><br /></div> <div>In recent years studies of cell membranes have yielded a wealth of new knowledge about various biological processes. Those studies have been made possible by increasingly sensitive measuring instruments. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>“Now, we want to develop new methods for microscoping and handling small quantities of liquid. One of their main aims is to analyze the microvesicles – exosomes – used by cells to communicate with each other,” says Fredrik Höök. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>To make maximum use of the sensitive measuring methods, the researchers have designed structures that behave in the same way as cell membranes. This enables them to biophysically study how cell membranes interact with nanoparticles of various kinds, such as viruses and exosomes.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Fredrik Höök’s research group uses artificial cell membranes to carry out in-depth studies of individual nanoparticles that have been attached to the membrane. The researchers also intend to develop a bioanalytical tool capable of measuring the size, structure, and optical properties of individual particles. This will enable the research team to make detailed analyses of complex biological samples, and they also hope to be able to sort nanoparticles according to their properties.</div> <div><h5 class="chalmersElement-H5"><span>I</span><span>nspiring new ways of developing and administering medication</span></h5></div> <div>​<span style="background-color:initial">The aim is to better understand how the nanoparticles work, and what enables them to penetrate the cell. Höök wants to use that knowledge to design artificial exosomes.</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div>“Hopefully, this could lead to improved disease diagnostics and inspire new ways of developing and administering medication. Findings from the research may also answer fundamental questions about the properties of nanoparticles. This may be of benefit in the field of nanosafety, and in many other areas,” says Fredrik Höök. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Mia Halleröd Palmgren, <a href=""> </a></div> <div>Photo: Henrik Sandsjö</div> <div>Illustration: Yen Strandqvist</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/750x340/Stressade%20jastceller_illustration_webb_banner.jpg" alt="Metod för att analysera jästcellers stressreaktioner" /><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">Press releases and articles about <a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Fredrik-Höök.aspx">Fredrik Höök </a> and his research</h4> <div><a href="/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Investigating-cell-stress-for-better-health-–-and-better-beer.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Investigating cell stress for better health – and better beer </a></div> <div><a href="/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/75-MSEK-for-developing-target-seeking-biological-pharmaceuticals.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />75 MSEK for developing target seeking biological pharmaceuticals </a></div> <div><a href="/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/A-Chalmers-innovation-paves-the-way-for-the-next-generation-of-pharmaceuticals.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Chalmers paves the way for the future of designed pharmaceuticals </a></div> <div><span></span><a href="/en/centres/gpc/news/Pages/Portrait-Fredrik-Hook.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Portrait: A matter of life and Science </a></div> <div><br /></div> <div><span></span><h4 class="chalmersElement-H4" style="font-family:&quot;open sans&quot;, sans-serif">Wallenberg Scholars and granted researchers at Chalmers</h4> <div>The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation awards grants to Wallenberg Scholars in the fields of medicine, science and technology. Following this year’s grant awards, there are 63 active Wallenberg Scholars. The next cohort of Wallenberg Scholars will be chosen in 2021.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>There are already three active Wallenberg Scholars at Chalmers: </div> <div>Professor <span style="font-weight:700">Mikael Käll </span>at the Department of Physics,</div> <div>Professor <span style="font-weight:700">Jens Nielsen </span><span style="background-color:initial">at the Department of Biology and Biological Engineering  </span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"></span><span style="background-color:initial">Professor </span><span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700">Pernilla Wittung-Stafshede </span><span style="background-color:initial">at the Department of Biology an</span><span style="background-color:initial">d Biological Engineering  </span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"></span></div> <p class="chalmersElement-P">Earlier years, Professor <span style="font-weight:700">Per Delsing, </span><span style="background-color:initial">Professor <strong>Peter Andrekson </strong></span><span style="background-color:initial">and Professor </span><span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700">Owe Orwar</span><span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700"> </span><span style="background-color:initial">have been choosen to be Wallenberg Scholars. </span></p> <div><br /></div> <div><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Read more at the webpage of the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.  </a></div></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"></span></div>Mon, 25 Mar 2019 09:00:00 +0100 towards a tsunami of light<p><b>​​Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have proposed a way to create a completely new source of radiation. Ultra-intense light pulses consist of the motion of a single wave and can be described as a tsunami of light. The strong wave can be used to study interactions between matter and light in a unique way. Their research is now published in the scientific journal Physical Review Letters. ​​​​​</b></p><img class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/Blandade%20dimensioner%20inne%20i%20artikel/IlliaThiele_190312_01_beskuren_webb.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:150px;height:224px" /><span style="background-color:initial"><div>“This source of radiation lets us look at reality through a new angle – it is like twisting a mirror and discovering something completely different,” says Illia Thiele, a theoretical physicist at Chalmers University of Technology. <br /></div> <div> </div> <div>Together with Dr Evangelos Siminos at the University of Gothenburg, and Tünde Fülöp, Professor of Physics at Chalmers, Illia Thiele now presents a theoretical method for creating the fastest possible single wave motion. This kind of radiation has never yet been observed in the universe or even the lab.<br /></div> <div> </div> <div>The radiation source is interesting for understanding the properties of different materials. Since it offers an ultra-fast switching of light matter interactions, it can be useful in material science, or sensor related research, for example. Moreover, it can be used as a driver for other types of radiation, and to push the limits of how short a light pulse could be. <br /></div> <div> </div> <div>“An ultra-intense pulse is like a great tsunami of light. ​The wave can pull an electron out of an atom, accelerating it to almost the speed of light, creating exotic quantum states. This is the fastest and strongest switch possible, and it paves the way for advances in fundamental research,” says Dr Illia Thiele. <br /></div> <div> </div> <div><span><span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/en/departments/physics/news/Documents/siminos_large.jpg_webb_300x450.jpg" alt="siminos_large.jpg_webb_300x450.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px;width:150px;height:225px" /></span></span>The new pulses can be used to probe and control matter in unique ways. While other light pulses, with multiple wave periods, impose changes in the material properties gradually, pulses with a single strong wave period cause sudden and unexpected reactions. <br /><br />&quot;The uniqueness of our method lies in the fact that an indestructible medium <span><span style="background-color:initial">–<span style="display:inline-block"></span></span></span> an electron beam <span><span style="background-color:initial">–<span style="display:inline-block"></span></span></span> is used as an amplifier, allowing more intense pulses to be created,&quot; says Evangelos Siminos, Assistant Professor at the University of Gothenburg.<br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"></span> </div> </span><span style="background-color:initial"><div>Researchers worldwide have tried to create this source of radiation, since it is of high interest for the scientific communities within physics and material science.  <br /></div> <div> </div> <div><span><span style="background-color:initial"><img class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/Blandade%20dimensioner%20inne%20i%20artikel/TundeFulop_180829_270x.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:150px;height:223px" /><span style="background-color:initial"></span></span></span>“Now, we hope to be able to bring our theoretical setup to the lab. Our method could help close the existing gaps in the scientific landscape of light sources,” says Tünde Fülöp, Professor of Physics at Chalmers. <br /> </div> <div>Read the scientific paper <a href="">Electron beam driven generation of frequency-tunable isolated relativistic sub-cycle pulses ​</a>in Physical Review Letters. ​<br /></div> <div> </div> <div>Text: Mia Halleröd Palmgren, <a href=""></a></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Photo of Tünde Fülöp: </span><span style="background-color:initial">Johan Bodell</span><br /></div> <div>Photo of Illia Thiele: Mia Halleröd Palmgren ​<span style="background-color:initial">​</span><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Photo of Evangelos Siminos: Adam Stahl</span></div> <div><br /> </div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">The new method to create ultra-intense light pulses</h4> <div>The researchers propose a method for the generation of ultra-intense light pulses containing less than a single oscillation of the electromagnetic field. These so-called sub-cycle pulses can be used to probe and control matter in unique ways. Conventional methods can only produce sub-cycle pulses of limited field strength: above a certain threshold the amplifying medium would be ionized by the intense fields. The researchers propose to use an electron beam in a plasma, which is not subject to a damage threshold, as an amplifying medium for a seed electromagnetic pulse. To ensure that energy is transferred from the electron beam to the pulse in such a way that a sub-cycle pulse is produced, the beam needs to be introduced at an appropriate phase of the oscillation of the electromagnetic field. This can be achieved by using a mirror to reflect the seed pulse while the electron beam is being injected. This scenario leads to significant amplification of the seed pulse and the formation of an intense, isolated, sub-cycle pulse. Readily available terahertz seed pulses and electron bunches from laser-plasma accelerators could generate mid-infrared sub-cycle pulses with millijoule-level energies, which are highly desirable as probes of matter but not possible to produce with conventional sources.</div> <div><br /> </div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">For more information: </h4> <div><a href="">Illia Thiele</a>, Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Physics, Chalmers University of Technology, +46 76 607 82 79,<a href=""></a><br /></div> <div> </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="/en/staff/Pages/Tünde-Fülöp.aspx">Tünde Fülöp,​</a> Professor, Department of Physics, Chalmers University of Technology, +46 72 986 74 40, </span><a href=""></a></div> <div><br /><a href=";disableRedirect=true&amp;returnUrl=;userId=xsimev">Evangelos Siminos</a>, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, University of Gothenburg</div></span><div><span style="background-color:initial">+46 31 786 9161, <a href=""></a></span></div>Tue, 19 Mar 2019 07:00:00 +0100 lecture by new assistant professor<p><b>​Attila Geresdi will enter a new assignment as assistant professor at MC2 on 1 September. On 15 March, he headstarted with an introductory lecture in the canyon.</b></p><div><span style="background-color:initial">Attila Geresdi is a high-profile recruitment for MC2. He is originally from Hungary, where he got his PhD at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics in 2011. There he used Andreev reflection as a tool to detect magnetism on the nanoscale and to investigate memristive materials. He is currently based at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in the Netherlands but will thus move to Gothenburg later this summer. At TU Delft he belongs to the advanced research center for Quantum Computing and Quantum Internet, QuTech.</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>In his introductory lecture, in front of many interested MC2 colleagues to be, he talked on the topic &quot;Particle physics on a chip: towards Andreev artificial materials&quot;.</div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">During the lecture, coffee and cinnamon buns were served in the informal canyon environment.</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text and photo: Michael Nystås</div>Fri, 15 Mar 2019 15:00:00 +0100 students awarded for a promising foetal monitoring method<p><b>​Two master&#39;s students at Chalmers have developed a method for distinguishing a foetus&#39;s heartbeat from the mother’s. It is based on analysing electrical signals that are present naturally in the skin of the mother. These are picked up by electrodes. The method is potentially more reliable and easier to use than current foetal monitoring using a CTG device. The students have been awarded the Bert-Inge Hogsved Prize for Best Entrepreneurship by the Forum for Engineering Physicists at Chalmers. ​</b></p><div><span style="background-color:initial;display:none"></span><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/350x305/hogsvedspris_albinodavid_350x305.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="background-color:initial" /><span style="background-color:initial">“Cardiotocography, or CTG, is a well-established monitoring method in maternity care. However, it is not always reliable. There is a risk that signals are picked up from the mother's heart rather than the foetus’s, which can have serious consequences. Our way of measuring is potentially more precise, thanks to the advanced electrodes that are now available. We can measure and, using our specially developed analysis, distinguish the foetus’s heartbeat, which can be hundreds of times weaker than the mother’s at the end of pregnancy,” says Albin Annér, one of the prizewinners.        </span></div> <div> </div> <div>The electrodes measure electrical fields in the skin. Unlike with a CTG device, however, they need not be fixed directly onto the skin. The mother does not have to be closely connected to a device, giving her greater freedom of movement. The method is also completely harmless because no current flows between the mother and the electrodes. </div> <div> </div> <div>“Their method is very promising. It could reduce the uncertainties around foetal monitoring and make maternity care safer and simpler in Sweden and internationally,” says Peter Apell, Professor of Living State Physics at Chalmers and the students' co-supervisor with Senior Lecturer Lars Hellberg. </div> <div> </div> <div>The two students are developing the concept as part of the Master's programme in Applied Physics at Chalmers. They are now working on developing a solution suitable for use in a clinical study.</div> <div> </div> <div>“The goal is for our method to replace CTG devices in the long term. The equipment will be lighter, considerably cheaper and smaller, which means it will be more widely available and easily portable. It will be able to be used not only in hospitals but also out in the field, for example in countries with poor access to established healthcare services,” says David Kastö, fellow prizewinner and student with Albin Annér.</div> <div> </div> <div>The prize was established in 2011 by Bert-Inge Hogsved, founder and CEO of the Hogia Group and himself an engineering physicist. Students in engineering physics, engineering mathematics or chemical engineering with physics at Chalmers are eligible for the annual prize. It aims to recognise entrepreneurial initiative among students.</div> <div><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Read the press release from Hogiagruppen.​​</a><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/750x340/hogsvedpris_alla_hogupplost750x340.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><span style="background-color:initial">Bert-Inge Hogsved, founder of the prize, together with the awarded physics </span><span style="background-color:initial">master's students </span><span style="background-color:initial">David Kastö and</span><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><span style="background-color:initial">Albin Annér. The </span><span style="background-color:initial">Head of the Department of Physics at Chalmers, </span><span style="background-color:initial">Thomas Nilsson,</span><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><span style="background-color:initial">attended </span><span style="background-color:initial">th</span><span style="background-color:initial">e prize ceremony. </span></div> <span></span><div></div> <div></div> <div>Foto: Marie Vassiliadis ​</div> <div><br /></div>Tue, 12 Mar 2019 00:00:00 +0100's-programme-in-Physics-to-face-the-unknown.aspx's-programme-in-Physics-to-face-the-unknown.aspxA new master&#39;s programme in Physics to face the unknown<p><b>​How do you face and solve unknown challenges in the future? One way of developing such skills is to study physics at a Master&#39;s level at Chalmers. This autumn a new master’s programme in physics will start. It will focus on creative thinking, critical evaluation and problem solving/engineering skills.</b></p><div><span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/Blandade%20dimensioner%20inne%20i%20artikel/Anders_Hellman.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:0px 10px;width:75px;height:99px" />“The students will learn how to identify relevant experimental and theoretical methods and how to apply these to problem solving across a wide range of disciplines or multi-disciplinary fields,” says Anders Hellman, Director of the Master's Programme and Professor at the Department of Physics at Chalmers.</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>The new programme offers a progressive platform in theoretical, computational and experimental physics. Particular emphasis is placed on astronomy, biological physics, high-energy physics and material science. </div> <div>The new programme will replace the two master’s programmes Applied Physics and Physics and Astronomy.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/education/programmes/masters-info/Pages/Physics.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Read more about the Master's programme &quot;Physics</a>&quot;.</div> <div><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Read about the courses.</a></div> <div><a href="/en/news/Pages/new-masters-programmes-focus-on-the-future-in-digitalisation.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Read the news article &quot;<span style="background-color:initial">New Master’s programmes focus on the future in digitalisation&quot;</span>​</a></div> <div><div></div></div>Wed, 06 Mar 2019 00:00:00 +0100 professor new member of royal academy<p><b>​Susanne Aalto, Professor of Radio Astronomy at Chalmers University of Technology, has been appointed member in the Class of Astronomy and space science in the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. &quot;The Academy consists of outstanding researchers who are strongly committed to science, who are driving it forward, renewing and conducting the current scientific conversations in society. To get the chance to work with such high-level researchers is a great honour,” says Susanne Aalto.</b></p><div><span style="background-color:initial">The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences describe their new member in the following terms: </span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>&quot;At the General Meeting on 20 February this year, Susanne Aalto, Chalmers University of Technology, was elected as new Swedish member in the Class of Astronomy and space science at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Susanne Aalto is Professor in Radio Astronomy at the department for Space, Earth and Environment at Chalmers. Her main research fields are star formation, supermassive black holes, and powerful winds in galaxies both near and far. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>She is particularly interested in starburst galaxies. These are extremely bright galaxies where new stars are formed at a much faster rate than in our own Galaxy. Through the use of long radio waves, she studies the cold gas clouds where stars are born, and which also help black holes to grow​. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>In recent years, Susanne Aalto has been actively involved in the ALMA telescope in Chile, which contributes to huge scientific advances in this area. At high altitude, and located in one of the world’s driest places in the Atacama Desert, the telescope has particularly good conditions to observe the known universe.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/departments/see/news/Pages/Hidden-galaxy-evolution.aspx">Read more on Susanne and her research</a></div> <div><a href="">Read more on the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences</a> </div> <div><br /></div>Fri, 01 Mar 2019 01:00:00 +0100 workshop on employeeship<p><b>​Lena Lindgren, HR Partner at MC2, hosted a workshop on employeeship at the Electronics Materials and Systems Laboratory (EMSL) last week. &quot;We want to create a good, pleasant and equal work environment regardless of where you come from and what tasks you have&quot;, says Johan Liu, head of EMSL. Now more laboratories can follow.</b></p><div><span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/emsl_wshop_IMG_6498_710x320.gif" alt="Picture from workshop." style="margin:5px" /><br /></span><span style="background-color:initial">Employeeship is a priority issue at Chalmers. The concept is about creating a better working climate by reflecting on how we treat each other at work. The goal is for all employees to be able to take their own responsibility for how to cooperate with colleagues and contribute to a good atmosphere.</span><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><br /></div> <div>The workshop started with an exercise where the participants got to stand in a long line based on how long they were employed at EMSL.  Then they interviewed each other about how long they had worked there, with what, and which expectations they had on the workshop. The answers became short presentations where everyone learned something from each other under nice forms.</div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/chalmers_vardegrund_eng_350x305.gif" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Picture of Chalmers values." style="margin:5px" />&quot;We also got to see a film that showed that we are really quite the same regardless of background and origin. Then we had three sessions where we discussed how, why and what you as an individual can do based on Chalmers basic values ​​of openness, participation, respect and diversity,&quot; says Johan Liu.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>During the day, the participants got to talk about Chalmers values ​​in small groups and write down their thoughts on flip charts. Afterwards, the groups presented what they came up with.</div> <div>&quot;Many thought it was very interesting that we openly discussed these issues,&quot; says Johan Liu.</div> <div>He is personally very satisfied with the day:</div> <div>&quot;The engagement was great and the commitment was very genuine. Lena Lindgren made a fantastic effort!&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div>EMSL has now decided to implement four different measures that emerged during the discussions: more group activities, see and greet co-workers, arrange a special food party and reflect more about what participation could mean.</div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">The hope is that more laboratories at the department will be inspired and follow the EMSL example.</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Michael Nystås</div> <div>Photo: Susannah Carlsson</div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="">Read more about employeeship at Chalmers</a> &gt;&gt;&gt;<span style="background-color:initial">​</span></div> Fri, 22 Feb 2019 09:00:00 +0100 Master’s programmes focus on the future in digitalisation<p><b>​Three new Master’s programmes start at Chalmers this autumn – Data Science, High-Performance Computer Systems and Physics. In different ways, all three programmes focus on the needs and solutions of our digitalised future.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">The demand for skills in data science and artificial intelligence is heavily increasing. Courses in these subjects already exist in programmes at Chalmers, but with the extensive interest from both students and industry, the Master’s programme <em>Data Science</em> has now been created. It specifically focuses on increased digitalisation. </span><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div>The interest in Chalmers programmes in Computer Science has also increased during the last few years. To meet the high demand, a new programme called <em>High-Performance Computer Systems</em> will start. The programme aims to give students cutting-edge expertise in computer systems engineering, with a focus on the future use of computing.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“The interest in our two new Master’s programmes is great, both here at Chalmers, and externally from industry. The great social upheaval that is made possible by digitalisation is leading to an increased need for qualified competence in Computer Science. I believe that the development of this type of education has only begun”, says Jörgen Blennow, Dean of Education for the educational area Electric, Computer, IT and Industrial Engineering at Chalmers. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>At the educational area for Physics, the two Master’s programmes <em>Applied Physics</em> and <em>Physics and Astronomy</em> have been the base for a whole new programme, called <em>Physics</em>. Anders Hellman, Director of the new Master's programme, says that with a new, creatively developed programme and new courses, they want to give the students more than just the skills needed in the industry today, thereby preparing them for a digitalised future.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“The students will receive knowledge in the areas of physics that in different ways are key to the advanced technologies of today and tomorrow. We want the students to get generic and long-term knowledge in physics that not only helps them with solutions for the needs of today, but that also prepares them for the challenges of the future industry, challenges that we cannot even foresee today.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The programme offers five specialisations – <em>Astronomy, Biological Physics, Computational Physics, High-energy Physics</em> and <em>Materials Science</em>. The programmes <em>Applied Physics</em> and <em>Physics and Astronomy</em> close when the new programme starts.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>For international students, two of the new Master’s programmes that start in autumn 2019 are still open for late application – <em>High Performance Computer Systems</em> and <em>Physics</em>. Learn more about this on the programmes’ respective webpages. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Read more about the new Master’s programmes:</div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" /></a> <a href="/en/education/programmes/masters-info/Pages/Data-Science.aspx">Data Science</a></div> <div><a href="/en/education/programmes/masters-info/Pages/Data-Science.aspx"></a><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" /></a> <a href="/en/education/programmes/masters-info/Pages/High-Performance-Computer-Systems.aspx">High-Performance Computer Systems</a></div> <div><a href="/en/education/programmes/masters-info/Pages/High-Performance-Computer-Systems.aspx"></a><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" /></a> <a href="/en/education/programmes/masters-info/Pages/Physics.aspx">Physics</a></div> <div><div><br /></div></div> <div><div><em><br /></em></div> <div><em>Text: Sophia Kristensson</em></div> <div><em>Photo: Anna-Lena Lundqvist</em></div></div></div>Mon, 18 Feb 2019 14:00:00 +0100,000-in-travel-scholarship.aspx,000-in-travel-scholarship.aspxReceives 25,000 in travel scholarship<p><b>​Patric Holmvall, PhD student at the Applied Quantum Physics Laboratory at MC2, has received 25,000 in travel scholarship from Chalmersska forskningsfonden. The money gives him the chance to do a research visit for five weeks at two US universities.</b></p><div><span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/pholmvall_350x305.gif" alt="Photo of P Holmvall." class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" style="margin:5px" />Patric Holmvall (to the left) is happy for the scholarship from the research fund. It provides a significant contribution to the financing of the trip. Holmvall is already in place and meets researchers at Montana State University (MSU) in the US for three weeks. He has previously collaborated with Anton B. Vorontsov, professor at MSU, but now wants to develop it further in place.</span><br /></div> <div>&quot;Then I go to Northwestern University for two weeks to give a colloquium and explore the possibilities for a collaboration with professors James A. Sauls and William P. Halperin&quot;, says Patric.</div> <div>Sauls, professor of physics, and Halperin, professor of physics and astronomy, are both top names in their field and were awarded as late as 2017 with the Fritz London Memorial Prize of 10,000 USD each. The prize was awarded at the large low-temperature physics conference 28th International Conference on Low Temperature Physics (LT28) in Gothenburg.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Chalmersska forskningsfonden is one of the foremost funds at Chalmers and was established in 1929 to mark the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the University. The purpose of the Fund is to promote research at the University to the benefit of science and industry. </div> <div>Grants are mainly in the form of support for young researchers, study trips for PhD students as well as international research and conference trips.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Michael Nystås</div> <div>Photo: Private</div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/foundation/scholarshipsandgrants/Pages/CFFeng.aspx">Read more about Chalmersska forskningsfonden</a> &gt;&gt;&gt;</div>Thu, 14 Feb 2019 09:00:00 +0100