News: Mikroteknologi och nanovetenskap related to Chalmers University of TechnologyFri, 23 Mar 2018 11:14:40 +0100 Swedish satellite to map unstudied winds high up in Earth&#39;s atmosphere<p><b>​Chalmers University of Technology has won the competition to provide Sweden’s next national research satellite to the Swedish National Space Board. The satellite, named SIW, will be the first to study wind currents in the upper atmosphere, increasing understanding about how they affect weather and climate.</b></p><div>​”I am really happy to see our proposal become a reality”, says Kristell Pérot, researcher in the Division of Microwave and Optical Remote Sensing, at the Department of Space, Earth and Environment at Chalmers.</div> <div>SIW, which stands for Stratospheric Inferred Winds, will study wind patterns in the atmosphere to answer questions about their dynamics and circulation. It will contribute important data to climate models, and increase understanding of how the different parts of the atmosphere interact.</div> <div> </div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">Better weather forecasting</h4> The climate and weather in the troposphere, the layer closest to Earth’s surface, is affected by wind changes in the two layers above, the stratosphere and the mesosphere (altitudes between 11 and 85 kilometres). Observing and analysing events in the upper layers is therefore critical to achieving more reliable long-term predictions. <div> </div> <div>For example, many consider the recent cold weather across Europe this month, and concurrent warmer temperatures in the Arctic, to be linked to temperature changes in the upper atmosphere – so-called ’sudden stratospheric warming’.</div> <div> </div> <div>“This process is not very well understood in current models, and more knowledge is needed. With SIW, it will be easier to study this kind of event and to understand the forces behind them. That has never been done in this way before” says Kristell Pérot.</div> <div><br /> </div> <div>“SIW will also be a fine complement to the satellite Aeolus, to be launched by the European Space Agency later this year to study the winds lower down in the atmosphere,” she adds.</div> <div> </div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">Dual purpose</h4> <div>Patrick Eriksson, professor of Global Environmental Measurements at Chalmers, believes the second part of SIW’s mission will be equally important – to measure the concentration of certain gases in the atmosphere.</div> <div> </div> <div>”As it stands, SIW looks to be alone in being able to measuring the gases that are important to assessing the status of the ozone layer. Above all, it’s chlorine- and nitrogen-bearing gases that we want to keep track of. SIW will take over that role after the <span style="background-color:initial">satellite </span><span style="background-color:initial">Odin</span><span style="background-color:initial">, </span><span style="background-color:initial">which will soon be ready for retirement after 17 years in space” says Eriksson.</span></div> <span></span><div></div> <div> </div> <div>Several Swedish companies will participate in the SIW project, including Omnisys Instruments, which will be responsible for the scientific instruments, and OHB Sweden, which will construct the satellite itself and have overall responsibility for the project. Donal Murtagh, professor of Global Environmental Measurements and Head of Division Microwave and Optical Remote Sensing at the Department of Space, Earth and Environment, will be scientifically responsible for SIW. <span>The satellite will also contain parts manufactured at the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience – MC2 – at Chalmers. <span></span><span style="display:inline-block"></span><span style="display:inline-block"></span></span></div>   <div>The Swedish National Space Board will finance the production and launch of SIW, which will be the second satellite in its innovative research satellites venture. It is scheduled for launch in 2022.</div> <div> </div> <div>You can read more about the SIW satellite on the <a href="">Swedish National Space Board’s website </a>(Swedish only).<br /> </div> <div> </div> <div><strong>For more information, contact:</strong></div> <div><span><span>​</span>,</span> Professor of Global Environmental Measurements and Head of Division, Microwave and Optical Remote Sensing at the Department of Space, Earth and Environment</div> <div><span>r</span><span>ot</span>, researcher from the Division of Microwave and Optical Remote Sensing, at the Department of Space, Earth and Environment</div> <div><a href="/en/staff/Pages/patrick-eriksson.aspx">Patrick Eriksson</a>, Professor of Global Environmental Measurements at the Department of Space, Earth and Environment</div> <div><br /> </div>Wed, 21 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 kickoff for new center in quantum technology<p><b>​The starting signal for the Wallenberg Center for Quantum Technology (WACQT) has been fired. About 75 invited speakers and guests gathered for a kick-off on MC2 on 13 and 14 March. &quot;We have a very exciting ten-year journey ahead of us,&quot; says Per Delsing, head of the new center.</b></p><div>WACQT – formally launched on January 1 – is a total investment of almost SEK 1 billion. Most of the money come from Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, which contributes with 600 million. The rest comes from Chalmers University of Technology Foundation, and the cooperating universities in Lund, Linköping and the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). The goal is to build a Swedish quantum computer in ten years and to build competence in quantum technology in Sweden.</div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/wacqt_kickoff_665x330a.jpg" alt="picture link to article" style="margin:5px" /> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Collaboration with business</h5> <div>The idea is also to start collaborations with industry in different areas. At the kickoff there were representatives from about ten companies like Astra Zeneca, Ericsson and IBM.</div> <div>&quot;We want to reach both smaller and larger companies, including those who do not currently work with quantum technology. Companies will have the opportunity to influence the focus of research based on their needs. Let's say that a company wants to develop a certain pharmaceutical and simulate that, then we can adopt our quantum computer so that it makes it more useful to simulate a certain type of drug. In this way, we can adapt to make it more interesting for companies to cooperate with us,&quot; says Per Delsing (picture above), who heads WACQT.</div> <div>In Chalmers offering to companies there are opportunities for industrial PhD:s, advanced courses in quantum technology and invitations to workshops. It will also be possible to acquire licenses and establish intellectual property agreements for the research results. Conversations with companies will begin in the spring.</div> <div>On 14 March, on the second day of the kickoff, there was also a special program point where companies were given the opportunity to present themselves and their wishes. In the entrance hall at Kemivägen 9 was a poster exhibition with several participating universities. There was also the opportunity to accompany guided lab tours.</div> <div><div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/wacqt_kickoff_665x330e.jpg" alt="picture link to article" style="margin:5px" /> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Exciting trip </h5></div> <div>The goal of the center effort is to take Swedish research and industry to the front of the second quantum revolution. The center is organizationally placed under the new Quantum Technology Laboratory at MC2. Per Delsing, Professor of quantum device physics, is the head of the laboratory.</div> <div>&quot;We have a very exciting ten-year journey ahead of us,&quot; he said in his welcoming speech.</div> <div>But Delsing pointed out that the project is not just about building the desirable quantum computer:</div> <div>&quot;An important part of the research will be to find out what you can use a quantum computer for,&quot; he said.</div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Long line of lectures</h5> <div>The two days featured a wide range of presentations and presentations, both comprehensive and more detailed. Among the speakers were Guilherme B Xavier, Linköping University, Witlef Wieczorek, Chalmers, and Jonathan Burnett, Chalmers.</div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/wacqt_kickoff_665x330b.jpg" alt="picture link to article" style="margin:5px" /><br />Göran Johansson (picture above) told about the new graduate school to be built up. He concluded that it will be an attractive and competitive school: </div> <div>&quot;Therefore, we need to get the best ideas to make it as attractive as possible to apply to us,&quot; said Göran Johansson.</div> <div>Such enticing factors may include newly developed courses and study trips.</div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/wacqt_kickoff_665x330g.jpg" alt="picture link to article" style="margin:5px" /><br />Göran Wendin (picture above) spoke in depth about a forthcoming guest research program and various EU-level quantitative support measures, with a planned research flagship being a key part. This will be as large as the current Graphene Flagship and will start on January 1, 2019. </div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Benefit be before the EU</h5> <div>The fact that WACQT started a whole year before the EU's new flagship, Per Delsing sees as a great advantage in terms of all recruitment of top researchers which needs to be done.</div> <div>&quot;Of course, everyone wants to recruit the best, so we have many challenges ahead of us. The size of the project is another competitive advantage,&quot; he said.</div> <div><div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/wacqt_kickoff_665x330f.jpg" alt="picture link to article" style="margin:5px" /> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Ongoing recruitment work </h5></div> <div>Recruitment is underway at the time of writing. Over ten years, 60 PhD students, 40 postdoctoral students, ten assistant professors and a number of visiting researchers are to be hired. In the winter, advertisements have been published in newspapers like Metro, Dagens Industri, Dagens Nyheter and Ny Teknik. Giulia Ferrini (picture above), who also gave a lecture, is the first newly appointed assistant professor in the project. Application deadline is 18 March.</div> <div>&quot;We are looking forward to many good candidates,&quot; said Per Delsing.</div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/wacqt_kickoff_665x330c.jpg" alt="picture link to article" style="margin:5px" /><br />In addition, Professor Gunnar Björk (picture above), Royal Institute of Technology, and Professor Stefan Kröll (picture below), Lund University, who lead related projects at their respective universities, projects that they also presented. </div> <div><div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/wacqt_kickoff_665x330d.jpg" alt="picture link to article" style="margin:5px" /> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">New board was presented </h5></div> <div>During the kickoff days, the new board of WACQT was presented, with chairman Lena Gustafsson, former vice president of Chalmers, vice managing director at Vinnova and president at Umeå University, at the head. The other members of the board are Pontus de Laval, Saab AB, Sara Mazur, Ericsson, Tobias Ekholm, Institut Mittag-Leffler and KAW, Mats Viberg, vice president at Chalmers, Elisabeth Giacobino, École Normal Supérieure, and Charles Marcus, Copenhagen University. On 14 March, the board held its first meeting.</div> <div> </div> <div>Several people have been involved in the planning for the high-end, but the lion's share of the work has been performed by coordinator Susannah Carlsson, communications officer, and Professor Göran Wendin, with coordinator Debora Perlheden as practical support.</div> <div> </div> <div>Text: Michael Nystås</div> <div>Photo: Susannah Carlsson och Michael Nystås</div> <div> </div> <div><strong>Read more &gt;&gt;&gt;</strong></div> <div><a href="/en/departments/mc2/news/Pages/New-center-for-quantum-technology-was-celebrated.aspx">New center for quantum technology was celebrated</a></div> <div> </div> <div><a href="/en/news/Pages/Engineering-of-a-Swedish-quantum-computer-set-to-start.aspx">Engineering of a Swedish quantum computer set to start</a></div> <div> </div> <div><strong>Read an interview with Giulia Ferrini &gt;&gt;&gt;</strong></div> <div><a href="/en/departments/mc2/news/Pages/Italian-researcher-strengthens-the-quantum-computer-project.aspx">Italian researcher strengthens the quantum computer project</a><br /><br /><a href="/en/departments/mc2/news/Pages/Italian-researcher-strengthens-the-quantum-computer-project.aspx"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/wacqt_kickoff_690x330g.jpg" alt="picture link to article" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /></a></div>Thu, 15 Mar 2018 10:00:00 +0100 Chalmers after 41 years<p><b>​Friends and colleagues. That&#39;s what Göran Reivall, technician at the Nanofabrication Laboratory, will miss the most when he leaves Chalmers after an unbelievable 41 years of service. &quot;Yes, but obviously it also feels melancholic,&quot; he says.</b></p>Nevertheless, Göran Reivall thinks it feels pretty good when we meet him on his last official working day, 28 February.<br />&quot;It has matured. After all, I have been prepared for this quite a while. But at the same time it is of course feeling strange,&quot; he says.<br /><br />On 15 January 1977, Göran Reivall entered the Department of Physics at Chalmers and began his career. The physics workshop was the first destination.<br />&quot;I started as a tool maker. We made all the instruments to the vacuum chamber. The researchers came and modelled what they wanted, simply. We worked more from scratch at that time,&quot; he says.<br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/greivall_avtackn_665x330_IMG_1383.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br />On 28 February, Göran Reivall was both jolly and emotionally celebrated with personal speeches by friends and colleagues. Göran was noticeably moved when thanking for gifts and flowers:<br />&quot;It's really been fun to work here with so many competent people,&quot; he said.<br /><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/reivall_kihlman_350x305_IMG_1454.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" />One of the present colleagues was the former precision mechanician Carl-Magnus Kihlman (posing with Göran to the left), <a href="/en/departments/mc2/news/Pages/Long-time-employee-retires-after-45-years.aspx">who retired almost four years ago</a>, and worked closely with Göran Reivall for an impressive 32 years. In their youth in Trollhättan they even had the same teacher, so it's a friendship that goes a long way back in time.<br />After nine years at Physics, Reivall began with Professor Anders Larsson at the then department of electrical engineering in 1986. There he met Carl-Magnus Kihlman and worked with photonics and electrical measurement technology.<br /><br />When MC2 was founded in 2000, Göran went over and has remained faithful to the department ever since. He has been part of operations manager Svante Pålsson's group.<br />&quot;I have worked with service and maintenance, and have also been responsible for the equipment in the media cellar; vacuum pumps, gases, compressed air, water, all that,&quot; says Göran.<br />The media cellar is located under the Nanofabrication Laboratory, and contains all media which are connected to the lab via special channels.<br />&quot;It's as simple as that,&quot; says Reivall.<br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/greivall_blommor_665x330_IMG_1438.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br />His duties have varied over the years, and it is something that he put great value on.<br />&quot;The alternation has been fun. I have also had the opportunity to invent some own stuff that other companies have come and looked upon.&quot;<br />Among other things, Göran developed a method for removing oxygen from water.<br />&quot;ABB was here and photographed and wanted to implement the same system in Trondheim. Other companies have also been here and watched how we've done. It's fun to be able to help.&quot;<br />Most of all, he will miss all his colleagues.<br />But he will not vanish at first; so Göran remains at MC2 during a transition period until a successor is in place.<br /><br />Göran Reivall was born 1953 in Alingsås. He is married, has two grown children and one grandchild. He lives in an apartment in Alingsås, but is expanding the holiday cottage in Sjövik at Lake Mjörn in order to move there permanently.<br />The expansion work will of course take a lot of time in the future, but even the own boats are a great interest. Göran owns no less than four crafts; both sailboats and motorboats:<br />&quot;Sometimes you want to go a little faster,&quot; he smiles.<br /><br />Text and photo: Michael NyståsTue, 06 Mar 2018 10:00:00 +0100 visit by YouTube profile Therése Lindgren<p><b>​The YouTube influencer and author Therése Lindgren came unexpectedly to visit the Nanofabrication Laboratory on 5 March. The purpose was to learn more and record a movie about graphene.</b></p>The film is requested by the European Commission, who wants to highlight the Graphene Flagship for a younger audience. <br />During her visit at MC2, Therése Lindgren met with, among others, Helena Theander, Program Director of the National Innovation Program SIO Grafen, which is coordinated from Chalmers. The flagship is also led by Chalmers, and Therése Lindgren got to meet with the coordinator Jari Kinaret. On the agenda were meetings and demonstrations by Marlene Bonmann, PhD student at the Terahertz and Millimetre Wave Laboratory, professor Jan Stake, head at the same laboratory, and Martin Hollertz, researcher at the Nanofabrication Laboratory.<br /><br /><strong></strong>Text: Michael Nystås<br />Photo: Svante Pålsson<br /><br /><span><strong>Therése Lindgren's Youtubechannel &gt;&gt;&gt;</strong><br /> <a href=""></a></span><br /><br /><strong>Read more about the Graphene Flagship &gt;&gt;&gt;</strong><a href=""><br /></a><a href=""><br /></a><br /><strong>Read more about SIO Grafen &gt;&gt;&gt;</strong><a href=""><br /></a><a href=""></a><a href=""><span style="display:inline-block"></span></a>Tue, 06 Mar 2018 09:00:00 +0100 in the web retires after 30 years<p><b>​Spider in the web, faithful servant and MC2 pioneer. Utility-man. There are many ways to describe research engineer Christer Andersson. A unique and popular employee in the Nanofabrication Laboratory now retires from Chalmers after just 30 years. &quot;Most rewarding has probably been all the colleagues at MC2, and that I&#39;ve had such free hands,&quot; says Christer.</b></p><div>He is a real native &quot;göteborgare&quot;. Born 1950 on Spaldingsgatan in Johanneberg, where the family lived until Christer turned five.</div> <div>&quot;Then we moved to Slottsbron in Värmland, where my father had a machine master service at Slottsbrons Bruk. We lived there until 1960, when my father began to work at Vänersborg hospital,&quot; he says.</div> <div>In 1965, the family built a house in Vänersborg, in which Christer lives today and counts as his childhood home.</div> <div>He has no children of his own, but lives with the two-year-old turtle Skalman II. The forerunner, Skalman I, became over 80 years old.</div> <div>&quot;Number 2 is going to survive me,&quot; laughs Christer, who also has a five year younger sister.</div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Trained Electrical Engineer</h5> <div>Christer is an electrical engineer from Chalmers and started his studies in 1972, so his relationship with the university started many years before joining. And actually even earlier than that:</div> <div>&quot;When I was a little boy, I told my mother that I would be one of those when I grow up, pointing to a Chalmers cap,&quot; Christer laughs.</div> <div>As for many others, the studies went on time because he also worked aside, among other things as operations manager at Teknologtryck. The summer holidays were spent at a hospital, where Christer worked as an engineer with a handful of employees.</div> <div><div>&quot;It was a managerial position in charge of boilers, heat, plumbing, electricity and spare power. I would actually have stayed there, but mental health care was about to be put down in Sweden and I did not judge that it was something to invest in.&quot;</div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/christer_665x330_grp.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /> </div> <div><em>Christer Andersson flanked by, from left to right, Svante Pålsson, </em><span><em>operations manager, </em></span><em>Mikael Fogelström, head of department, Peter Modh, head of the Nanofabrication Laboratory, and Ingrid Collin, head of finances and administration at MC2.</em></div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Old aviator</h5></div> <div>A possibly little unknown side of Christer Andersson is that he is also an old aviator and has a background as a combat pilot. When Christer was 18, he went to the air force's military flight school and upgraded his previous gliding license. For one year, he then flew the classic Saab 32 Lansen in an attack division. A dramatic and many times dangerous life:</div> <div>&quot;At that time, a larger number of pilots ran out every year. During my first two weeks at the flight school, I got single room when my roommate flew to death. It is significantly safer today, but called for some reflection. In the 70's we also had the cold war. Our war exercises were therefore realistic, we bombed with sharp ammunition every day and flew in any weather. We could be in a formation of four aircrafts in northern Sweden and just see the spotlight from one wing. It was fun, but risky,&quot; says Christer.</div> <div>Over the years, he has also towed sailplanes and flown round trips, but nowadays he does not fly at all.</div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Started at Solid State Electronics</h5> <div>On MC2, Christer has been in charge of purchasing laboratory equipment since the department's establishment. But his career at Chalmers started already in the 80's. Christer still remembers exactly how it began:</div> <div>&quot;On 11 April 1988 at 11 am, I walked in through the doors to the Solid State Department of Chalmers. I had been called by Professor Sten Norrman and Olle Engström to begin as a research engineer,&quot; he says.</div> <div>He remained at Solid State Electronics between 1988 and 2000. Christer had a broader role than he later got at MC2; he handled all the tasks a technician could have on his table; ranging from service to new installations of electricity and plumbing. He was also involved in various research projects in collaboration with, among others, Per Lundgren. In addition, he also handled the machines plus all purchases and chemicals. </div> <div>&quot;Another project was about development and etching of different types of sensors. I was quite intimately involved in those processes.&quot;</div> <div>Prior to that, Christer worked as a development engineer at a small company in Surte, in the field of electronics construction.</div> <div>&quot;At that time you could have three offers to choose from. Today it's significantly harder – you're applying for a hundred jobs and maybe gets one,&quot; says Christer.</div> <div> </div> <div>He has been around at MC2 even before the first shovel of soil.</div> <div>&quot;I came here before they even started to dig. I was very much involved in the discussions about how and where the house should be built. If you look for a little extra you can actually see a glove embedded in the roof of the clean room!&quot;</div> <div>In the end, it was decided to build on a place that proved unusually demanding:</div> <div>&quot;Old Physics stood on a rocky knoll. If you had started to blast conventionally there, you could miss and get the whole facade to fall. Therefore, instead of having a smooth edge, you had to saw up the mountain. It was very difficult,&quot; says Christer.</div> <div>He was employed almost at the same time as Lars-Åke Sidenberg, another MC2 pioneer who was <a href="/en/departments/mc2/news/Pages/Appreciated-pioneer-and-faithful-servant-leaves-MC2.aspx">also retired recently</a>.</div> <div>&quot;I stayed at the Solid State Electronics until they started tearing out the lab there. Lars-Åke came to my aid when I needed help because I did not manage that work by myself,&quot; says Christer. </div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Appreciated knowledge bank</h5> <div>He has been part of the operations manager Svante Pålsson's group. Here too, Christer has been a spider in the web and played an important role as utility-man – in the utmost sense of the word. He has been an appreciated key to important knowledge, and have had a lot of this knowledge inside his mind. Much of the activities have been circling around Christer. He has been good at keeping track of things, and has played a role beyond the formal work description. He says with some self-criticism that he probably got into things he really did not have to do.</div> <div>&quot;I've had many controversies about the bulky waste with the contractor, and have probably loaded some tens of tonnes of coarse picks myself over the years.&quot;</div> <div>Christer has always worked according to a simple philosophy:</div> <div>&quot;My whole ambition has been to get something better, and especially environmentally friendly and economical.&quot;</div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Straight-out role</h5> <div>Purchasing has been the main task, but not only that, although his role has been more straight-out here. He has also had the main responsibility for boilers and spare power, among other things. The water treatment plant has also been on Christer's table, he has participated in the reinstallation of new water, and over the years has got through many of his opinions.</div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/christer_350x305b.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" />&quot;But my role narrowed after all when I got to MC2. In the beginning, I had Kaijas (Kaija Matikainen, technician, editor's note) job to go into the lab and handle chemicals and stuff. Though it turned out to be too much; I barely got into the lab until I had to go out again, so it eventually became untenable. One had just got dressed when a truck could call and say I had to receive a delivery. Kaija therefore came as the merciful samaritan!&quot;</div> <div> </div> <div>He hopes to get on at MC2 even after his retirement, and has begun a new project that he hopes to have the opportunity to finish:</div> <div>&quot;It's about a new UPS device for the stepper. A UPS device is a battery backup that acts as a form of backup power which eliminates all interruptions of incoming power and buffers with energy as soon as it gets glitches and other things. If I'm allowed, I'll be happy to finish that project, it's really exciting.&quot;</div> <div> </div> <div>One problem Christer points out as a purchaser is that one often ignore the costs of installing the purchased equipment; both regarding to money and resources. For example, the gas system for the so-called IPC:s costed about 300,000 kronor just to install at its time.</div> <div>&quot;Nobody understood what a huge job it was; there were several hundred meters of gas pipes and connections. You had to be careful to get it really tight. I was also often interrupted. Just when I were bending a pipe the phone rang and someone needed a pair of rubber gloves. It was just to throw everything you had for your hands and hurry up with the rubber gloves. But I got everything together, and it worked.&quot;</div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">What has been most rewarding over the years?</h5> <div>&quot;I think it has been a lot of fun here at MC2. I got more colleagues when I started here, and it all became easier. I also got very free hands, and have experienced that as a very positive circumstance.&quot;</div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">What are you going to miss?</h5> <div>&quot;I am a real techie and Chalmers is the stronghold of technology, so leaving is like if someone would steal the motorcycle from me. I shall not hide the fact.&quot;</div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Several irons in the fire</h5> <div>But Christer does not intend to lie on his couch or feed the pigeons in the park. He plans to train himself to be an authorized trustee. In that role, he can certainly also benefit from his experience from many years as elected member in various housing societies. In Surte, for example, he was a member of the board of a HSB association for many years.</div> <div>The motorcycle and computers are other major leisure interests of Christer. He also manages two gardens of around 700 square meters each. One of the gardens belonged to Christer's mother, but when she passed away in 2017 he took over her house. </div> <div>&quot;Now I'll keep it until I know what to do with it.&quot;</div> <div>Apparently, he will not have any trouble filling his time as a retiree. With the temporary jobs at MC2, the calendar will certainly be fully subscribed, as well:</div> <div>&quot;I've told Svante that I'm going to work until I'm 90; then maybe we can discuss a de-escalation! With the right of my age,&quot; Christer jokes.</div> <div> </div> <div>Text och foto: Michael Nystås</div>Wed, 28 Feb 2018 10:00:00 +0100 new technology for quantum computing<p><b>​With their insensitivity to decoherence what are known as Majorana particles could become stable building blocks of a quantum computer. The problem is that they only occur under very special circumstances. Now researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have succeeded in manufacturing a component that is able to host the sought-after particles.</b></p>​Researchers throughout the world are struggling to build a quantum computer. One of the great challenges is to overcome the sensitivity of quantum systems to decoherence, collaps of superpositions. One track within quantum computer research is therefore to make use of what are known as Majorana particles, which are also called Majorana fermions. Microsoft is also committed to the development of this type of quantum computer.<br /><br />Majorana fermions are highly original particles, quite unlike those that make up the materials around us. In highly simplified terms, they can be seen as half electron. In a quantum computer the idea is to encode information in a pair of Majorana fermions which are separated in the material, which should, in principle, make the calculations immune to decoherence.<br /><br />So where do you find Majorana fermions? <br /><br />In solid state materials they only appear to occur in what are known as topological superconductors – a new type of superconductor that is so new and special that it is hardly ever found in practice. But a research team at Chalmers University of Technology is now among the first in the world to submit results indicating that they have actually succeeded in manufacturing a topological superconductor.<span></span><br /><br />“Our experimental results are consistent with topological superconductivity,” says Floriana Lombardi, Professor at the Quantum Device Physics Laboratory at Chalmers.<br /><br />To create their unconventional superconductor they started with what is called a topological insulator made of bismuth telluride, Be2Te3. A topological insulator is mainly just an insulator – in other words it does not conduct current – but it conducts current in a very special way on the surface. The researchers have placed a layer of a conventional superconductor on top, in this case aluminium, which conducts current entirely without resistance at really low temperatures.<br /><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/QDPL/ThiloBauch_180218_01_300px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" />“The superconducting pair of electrons then leak into the topological insulator which also becomes superconducting,” explains Thilo Bauch, Associate Professor in Quantum Device Physics.<br /><br />However, the initial measurements all indicated that they only had standard superconductivity induced in the Bi2Te3 topological insulator. But when they cooled the component down again later, to routinely repeat some measurements, the situation suddenly changed – the characteristics of the superconducting pairs of electrons varied in different directions.<br /><br />“And that isn’t compatible at all with conventional superconductivity. Suddenly unexpected and exciting things occurred,” says Lombardi.<br /><br />Unlike other research teams, Lombardi’s team used platinum to assemble the topological insulator with the aluminium. Repeated cooling cycles gave rise to stresses in the material (see image below), which caused the superconductivity to change its properties.<br /><br />After an intensive period of analyses the research team was able to establish that they had probably succeeded in creating a topological superconductor.<br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/floriana_300.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:200px;height:304px" /><br />“For practical applications the material is mainly of interest to those attempting to build a topological quantum computer. We ourselves want to explore the new physics that lies hidden in topolo<span><span><span></span></span></span>gical superconductors – this is a new chapter in physics,” Lombardi says.<span><span></span></span><br /><br />The results were recently published in the scientific journal Nature Communications: <a href="">Induced unconventional superconductivity on the surface states of Bi2Te3 topological insulator</a><br /><br />More about quantum computers and the Majorana particle<br />A large Quantum computer project in the <a href="/en/centres/wacqt/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Wallenberg Quantum Technology Centre</a> is underway at Chalmers University of Technology. It is, however, based on technology other than topological superconductors.<br /><a href="">The Majorana particle</a> was predicted by the Italian physicist Ettore Majorana in 1937. It is a highly original fundamental particle which – like electrons, neutrons and protons – belongs to the group of fermions. Unlike all other fermions the Majorana fermion is its own antiparticle.<br /><br />Text: Ingela Roos/Chalmers<br /><br /><strong>For more information, please contact:</strong><br />Floriana Lombardi, Professor in Quantum Device Physics, Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2), Chalmers University of Technology, +46-31-772 33 18, <a href=""></a><br />Thilo Bauch, Associate Professor in Quantum Device Physics, Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2), Chalmers University of Technology, +46-31-772 33 97, <a href=""></a><br />Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:00:00 +0100öran-KVVS.aspx members of KVVS<p><b>​Chalmers Professors Bo Albinsson, Göran Johansson and Thomas Nilsson have been elected as members of the prestigious academy KVVS, Kungl. Vetenskaps- och Vitterhets-Samhället i Göteborg/The Royal Society of Arts and Siences in Gothenburg.</b></p><div>​KVVS is an interdisciplinary association established in <span><span><span><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Nano/Bo%20och%20Göran%20500.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" width="295" height="222" alt="" style="margin:5px" /></span></span></span>1778 with <span><span></span></span>the main purpose to promote scientific research and support higher education. The activities are mainly focused on lectures, conferences and publications. Support to researchers is given through grants. In addition, several prizes are <span></span>awarded on a regular basis. New scientific needs, not yet recognized in the regular university system, are identified and promoted. Members are elected through a dedicated selection procedure and authorized by the Academy’s membership. The Academy is legally independent and relies financially on donations without any public support.<span style="text-align:right"><h6 class="chalmersElement-H6"><em>In</em></h6></span><span style="text-align:right"><h6 class="chalmersElement-H6"><em> the picture you see the Professors Bo Albinsson and Göran <br />Johansson, Director and Co-Director of Nanoscience and <br />Nanotechnology at the installation. Professor Thomas Nilsson, <br />Head of the Department of Physics, </em><span lang="en"><span><em>did not have the opportunity to attend.</em></span></span></h6></span><span style="text-align:right"></span><span style="text-align:right"></span><span style="text-align:right"></span></div>  <div>Professor Göran Johansson and Professor Thomas Nilsson was nominated and elected in class 3, Physical Sciences and Professor Bo Albinsson in class 4, Chemical Sciences.</div> <div> </div> <div>Read about <a href="/en/staff/Pages/Bo-Albinsson.aspx">Bo Albinsson's research</a></div> <div>Read about <a href="/en/staff/Pages/Göran-Johansson.aspx">Göran Johansson's research</a><a href="/en/staff/Pages/Göran-Johansson.aspx"><br /></a></div> <div>Read about <a href="/en/staff/Pages/thomas-nilsson.aspx">Thomas Nilsson's research</a><br />More information about <a href="">KVVS - the Royal Society of Arts and Sciences in Gothenburg</a> </div> <div> </div>Fri, 26 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 for nominations: Gothenburg Lise Meitner award 2018<p><b>​The Gothenburg Physics Centre (GPC) is seeking nominations for the 2018 Gothenburg Lise Meitner award.  Nominations are due on Monday, 5 March, 2018.</b></p>​The Lise Meitner award honors exceptional individuals for a “<em>groundbreaking discovery in physics</em>”.  <br />In addition to their scientific accomplishments, the candidates must meet the following selection criteria:<br /><ul><li>They have distinguished themselves through public activities of popularizing science and are prepared to deliver the annual Lise Meitner Lecture (middle of September).</li> <li>Their research activity is connected to or benefit activities at GPC.<br /></li></ul> Nominations should include a motivation describing the achievements of the candidate, a short biography/CV, contact details and a local contact person. <br /><br />Nominations should be sent to any member of the of the Lise Meitner Award Committee 2018: <br /><br />Dinko Chakarov <a href=""></a> <br />Hans Nordman <a href=""></a><br />Ann-Marie Pendrill <a href=""></a><br />Vitaly Shumeiko <a href=""></a><br />Andreas Heinz (Chair) <a href=""></a><br /><a href=""></a><br /><a href="/en/centres/gpc/activities/lisemeitner"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />More information about Lise Meitner and the award can be found at the GPC website</a><br />We would also like to thank those of you who did make an effort to nominate a candidate in the past! In case your nomination has not been chosen, we encourage you to submit her or his name again. <br /><br />With best regards,<br /><br />The 2018 Lise Meitner CommitteeWed, 24 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 laboratory for mechanical quantum device research<p><b>​From Vienna to Gothenburg. Since April 2017 Witlef Wieczorek, assistant professor at the Quantum Technology Laboratory at MC2, has been planning and building a new laboratory with equipment, researchers and doctoral students. &quot;The infrastructure and the people who do research here at Chalmers and particularly at MC2 are impressive&quot;, he says.</b></p> <div>Witlef Wieczorek was originally hired as an assistant professor at the Quantum Device Physics Laboratory, but since 1 January 2018 he is a member of the newly established Quantum Technology Laboratory. He welcomes us to his new office in the MC2 building at Chalmers. The corridor on the fourth floor is the location of a brand-new research laboratory within Mechanical Quantum Devices in 2018, headed by Witlef. New instruments and machines are installed in the renovated facilities, which previously were used by Thorvald Andersson and his legendary MBE Group.</div> <div>&quot;Kaija Matikainen and Svante Pålsson from MC2 and Linus Andersson from Bength Dahlgren are important key persons for me, among many others. They help a lot with the lab space. Kaija was essentially in charge of the renovation of the office space. Mikael Fogelström and August Yurgens showed continued support for this renovation&quot;,  Witlef says.</div> <div> </div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/witlef_300px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />Two PhD students have already started in his lab, and more people are yet to come to work on different projects related to mechanical quantum devices. Witlef also welcomes interested master students to the new environment. Lots of new instruments are ordered and installed during the previous and upcoming months:</div> <div>&quot;Yes, an optical table like what photonics people have, a cryostat, a laser, optical modulation equipment, and some electronics equipment such as a frequency generator, a spectrum analyzer, an oscilloscope... and much much more&quot;, Witlef mentions, counting on his fingers.</div> <div> </div> <div>To set up a new laboratory is a complicated process which can take up until a year before it's alive and kicking.</div> <div>&quot;When all the equipment is there,  we have to make it work: connect, test and programme everything and then order the small things which we might have forgotten. Most of the time I buy new equipment, but sometimes it's possible to buy used one. Overall, it takes a lot of time until a lab is running. The good thing is that MC2 has an excellent cleanroom, so you can always work on fabricating your samples! The support from the cleanroom people is really wonderful. I'm very happy about it.&quot;</div> <div> </div> <div>Witlef Wieczorek was born in Berlin in 1979. </div> <div>&quot;I am born in the eastern side. If the Berlin wall hadn't fallen I wouldn't be here&quot;, he says.</div> <div>He now lives in a rented house in Västra Frölunda, together with his family; wife and two daughters, aged six and three years. The family has accustomed well to the new life in Gothenburg.</div> <div>&quot;We are all quite happy. My oldest daughter is going to preschool, and  she likes it very much. But in the beginning it was a bit hard, because of language and so on.&quot;</div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Do you like Gothenburg?</h5> <div>&quot;Yes! We like it very much. We have never lived close to the sea before and we currently really enjoy that. Every time the weather permits we take the ferries and go to the archipelago with the kids. We like to go and see nature, we use our bicycles quite a lot. Gothenburg is also a city that we can nicely explore with our kids, for example, all the family-friendly museums.  And, there's still a lot more to explore.&quot;</div> <div> </div> <div>Witlef's father was a physicist in Berlin. In his childhood, Witlef became interested and started to study physics too.</div> <div>&quot;At some point I thought I had to move out of the city, so I decided to go to Munich to do a PhD. It also came along with my interest in quantum physics and quantum optics.&quot;</div> <div>In Munich, Witlef became a member of the well-known Weinfurter Group at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU University of Munich) and at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching, Germany.</div> <div>&quot;Then I started to do experiments on entangled photons, studying the weird predictions of quantum physics&quot;, Witlef tells us.</div> <div>He did his experiments at the Max Planck Institute.</div> <div>&quot;The idea of the research was essentially to study quantum information, to explore quantum information, to understand it a bit better by using the physical system of light or photons. It goes along at what Per Delsing and Göran Johansson are doing here; they're using superconducting qubits and now they want to build a quantum computer.&quot;</div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Tell us a bit about your PhD thesis!</h5> <div>&quot;My PhD was rather a bit more basic in the sense that I wanted to understand entanglement of multiple objects. We were quite successful in that respect, at that time it was really good to entangle six photons, and we could show that and analyze that.&quot;</div> <div> </div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/witlef_IMG_0353_350x305.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />One day Witlef attended a lecture with Professor Markus Aspelmeyer from the Aspelmeyer Group at the University of Vienna. He is a pioneer in studying quantum objects with mechanical systems. The talk was so inspiring that Witlef felt that he wanted to do his PostDoc in his group. He got approved and moved to Vienna. </div> <div>His years in Vienna awaken thoughts to some day start his own research group.</div> <div>&quot;I thought that I sometime in my life wanted to do my own experiments and pursue my own ideas. That brought me here!&quot;, Witlef says.</div> <div> </div> <div>In 2016, Witlef Wieczorek applied for a position at MC2, when he got aware of a call for an assistant professorship in the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Area of Advance. And in April 2017 he began his new appointment. Recently he switched to the newly established Quantum Technology Laboratory at MC2. </div> <div>&quot;I am really happy to be here. Definitely because of the research. The infrastructure and the people who do research here are impressive, the possibilities to interact and collaborate are excellent, and everybody's is very open. Another reason to go here is to learn a new language, I have started to learn Swedish!&quot;</div> <div> </div> <div>In his spare time, Witlef enjoys playing basketball, he was a skilled player once, and, of course, being with his family. He also likes beachvolleyball and literature. Among his favourite authors are Herman Hesse and José Saramago:</div> <div>&quot;Saramago has amazing sentences that go over one page, one has to get into that, and his books are really enjoyable, &quot;Blindness&quot; is very good for example. I also like &quot;The Gospel according to Jesus Christ&quot;, which is a very nice book.&quot;</div> <div> </div> <div>Text and photo: Michael Nystås</div> Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:00:00 +0100 researcher strengthens the quantum computer project<p><b>​The goal is to build a large quantum computer within ten years. But the task is extremely complicated and Chalmers University of Technology needs to recruit world-class expertise in a number of fields. First up is Giulia Ferrini – an expert in quantum computations in continuous variables.</b></p>The beginning of the year marked the launch of the Wallenberg Centre for Quantum Technology – a SEK 1 billion initiative to set Sweden on course to a global top position in quantum technology. The focus is on developing a quantum computer with much greater computing power than the best supercomputers of today; read more in <a href="/en/news/Pages/Engineering-of-a-Swedish-quantum-computer-set-to-start.aspx">Engineering of a Swedish quantum computer set to start</a>.<br /><br />Only a few days after the starting pistol was fired the theoretical physicist Giulia Ferrini is in place in her new university, Chalmers, where she is an eagerly awaited part in the quantum computer project.<br />“It’s amazing to become part of this adventure! Sweden is one of the places I would like to live. I like the culture and the society is advanced – it feels like living in the future”, says Ferrini, who was previously a Marie Curie fellow at the University of Mainz in Germany.<br /><br />As a physics student, she was amazed by the strange phenomena of quantum physics and this aroused her interest in quantum information. She is attracted by the potential of using the peculiarities of quantum physics to create practical benefits in the form of new technology, while this also gives her an excuse for exploring the fundamentals of quantum physics.<br />“I’m very curious. I like to start from an intuitive idea and then do the hard work required to formalise it and come up with proof or a model that others can test in the lab”, explains Ferrini.<br /><br />She is mainly interested in encoding quantum information in continuous variables such as in an electromagnetic field. The other main thrust in quantum computers is to encode information in what are known as qubits, with two quantum states representing zero and one. Both methods have their advantages and disadvantages, but so far Chalmers has focused mainly on qubits.<br />“Nobody knows yet what will work best in the end, and we need to know both methods. With Giulia Ferrini we are acquiring completely new expertise which fits very well with our own,” says Göran Johansson, Professor of Applied Quantum Physics, and one of the principal investigators in the quantum computer project.<br /><br />First of all, Ferrini together with Johansson will investigate and evaluate a new proposal on how to design a superconducting quantum computer, published by researchers in Canada. In parallel with this she will study where the boundary lies between what a standard computer and a quantum computer can do. The aim is to develop a criterion for what the minimum requirements are to achieve what is known as quantum supremacy, in other words to reach the point at which a quantum computer outperforms a standard computer.<br /><br />Two doctoral students are on their way in and Ferrini is looking forward to starting to build a research team, as well as collaborating both with the experimentalists at Chalmers and with other groups.<br />“Collaboration is fun and important for getting new ideas so that you can do relevant research,” says Ferrini.<br /><br />Beyond research, dance – in different styles – is her great interest. She describes herself as distinctly a city person, but has noticed that she appreciates the green space outside her new home in Gothenburg. In addition to finding a good place to dance, exploring the Swedish countryside is now also high up on her list.<br /><br />Text: Ingela Roos<br />Photo: Johan Bodell<br /><br />Read more about quantum computers in <a href="/en/news/Documents/quantum_technology_popdescr_171114_eng.pdf">Quantum technology – popular science description</a><br /><br />Read more about the <a href="/en/centres/wacqt/Pages/default.aspx">Wallenberg Centre for Quantum Technology</a><br />Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:00:00 +0100 take the chance to be guest researchers in industry<p><b>​The Chalmers researchers Giuseppe Durisi and Tomas Bryllert receive the 2017 Strategic Mobility contribution from the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research. The aim is to increase the mobility between business and academia and thus enriching both environments.</b></p>​In total, 15 million SEK is distributed among 14 applicants. The Strategic Mobility contribution covers the costs corresponding to one year’s full-time work for a person who wishes to do research at a different workplace than his or her regular.<br /><br /><strong>Research on connectivity solutions for the internet-of-things</strong><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/E2/Nyheter/De%20tar%20chansen%20att%20gästforska%20inom%20industrin/Giuseppe_Durisi_200x245px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Link to news article." style="margin:5px" />Information theory is the area of research in which Giuseppe Durisi, Professor at the department of Electrical Engineering, is active. It is a mathematical discipline that deals with optimal methods for representing, communicating, and storing digital information. His mobility grant project “Low-Latency Wireless Random Access for IoT connectivity” will be carried out at the company Qamcom in Gothenburg.<br />“One of the most critical research challenges in my field right now is how to provide secure, reliable, and low-latency wireless connectivity to a massive number of devices that want to exchange data”, says Giuseppe Durisi. “Such devices may be traffic and energy monitors, thermostats, smart watches, or other Internet of Things (IoT) sensors.”<br /><br />“I want to identify and test novel promising connectivity solutions”, Giuseppe Durisi continues. ”At Qamcom, we plan to identify the most relevant use-case scenarios together with selected Swedish municipalities. They are the natural stakeholders of my project, because municipalities may benefit significantly from the deployment of IoT solutions in terms of increased efficiency and cost reductions for the society.”<br /><br />Sweden has the ambition of becoming world-leading in using the opportunities brought by digitalisation. Exploiting IoT connectivity is one of the crucial first steps.<br />“Qamcom is a prominent player in the Swedish IoT landscape, and thus a natural partner to team up with, especially given their long history of successful collaboration with Chalmers. I appreciate their holistic system-level view, which complements my academic orientation”, he concludes.<br /><br />Giuseppe Durisi will be working part time for the project for 18 months, starting in June 2018.<br /><br /><strong>Radar systems at very high frequencies</strong><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/tbryllert_anna-lena_lundqvist_220x180.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Link to news article." style="margin:5px" />Tomas Bryllert is a researcher at the Terahertz and Millimetre Wave Laboratory at the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience – MC2. He works very broad with anything from device- and circuit technology all the way up to operating systems.<br />&quot;The last few years I have worked a lot with radar systems at very high frequencies (220 GHz, 340 GHz). These radar systems are then used to take high resolution 3D images and to do spectroscopy. We are interested in several applications of these radar systems – including process control in industrial reactors, security and atmospheric science,&quot; says Tomas Bryllert. <br /><br />He gets a one year’s full-time salary to be a guest researcher at the defence and security company Saab, and is looking forward to this opportunity: <br />&quot;I’m very glad and excited about taking on a new research area and a new workplace, at the same time I’m a bit worried about if I will have enough time for my commitments at Chalmers and for life outside of work.&quot;<br /><br /><strong>Combine Chalmers knowledge with Saab’s expertise in radars</strong><br />At Saab, Tomas Bryllert will investigate the possibilities with MIMO radar, that is, radar systems that consist of several transmit- and receive elements with individual control of each element. This is a continuation of the development of radars from systems based on mechanically scanned reflector antennas to electronically steered arrays. <br />&quot;There are many similarities with the next generation base stations for mobile networks that will also include electronically steered antennas. We hope to combine Chalmers knowledge in experimental radar systems and communications research with SAAB’s expertise in radars to demonstrate, and better understand MIMO radar,&quot; says Tomas Bryllert. <br /><br />Text: Yvonne Jonsson and Michael Nystås<br />Photo: Oscar Mattsson and Anna-Lena Lundqvist<br /><br /><a href="" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Read more about the Strategic Mobility contribution</a><br /><br /><a href="" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Read more about Qamcom</a><br /><br /><a href=""><span></span></a><a href="" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" /><span style="display:inline-block"></span></a><span>Read more about Saab</span><br /><br />Fri, 22 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0100 for the Master&#39;s programme in Nanotechnology<p><b>​Erasmus Mundus international Nano+ programme – of which Chalmers Master&#39;s programme Nanotechnology is a part – has been granted three million euros for the period 2018-2022. At the same time, the programme has received the prestigious stamp &quot;Success Story&quot; by the European Commission. &quot;We are very proud and happy about it,&quot; says Thilo Bauch, local coordinator for the Erasmus students.</b></p>Thilo is an associate professor at the Quantum Device Physics Laboraory at MC2. We meet him and his colleague Elsebeth Schröder, who is professor at the same laborary and since 2013 also coordinator of the Master's programme Nanotechnology.<br /><br />Erasmus Mundus Nano+ (EMM-Nano+) is the name of a collaboration between Chalmers, KU Leuven in Belgium, University Grenoble Alpes in France, TU Dresden in Germany and University Barcelona in Spain. The higher education institutions cooperate with their respective Master's programmes in Nanotechnology. The collaboration has been in effect since 2005. Chalmers has been involved since the start of the its own Master's programme Nanotechnology. At most, 19 Erasmus students have been in studying in Gothenburg, a record achieved two years ago.<br /><br />The arrangement means that the students study their first year at KU Leuven in Belgium, and the second year at one of the other four co-operating universities. A number of students then choose to come to Chalmers. At the Nanotechnology program they read together with the existing students. Course packages are also tailored partly because the students also study some courses normally given during the first year of the programme.<br />Internal evaluations show that the teachers are very pleased with the Erasmus students:<br />&quot;The students who choose Chalmers handle the courses very well. They have a good height in their knowledge. It is of course pleasing that some of them choose to come here,&quot; says Elsebeth Schröder.<br /><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/tbauch_220x180.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Link to news article." style="margin:5px" />Thilo Bauch acts as local coordinator for the Erasmus students. This means that he has a special responsibility for taking care of them on site, giving them scientific advice and keeping in touch with KU Leuven, who coordinates the programme.<br />&quot;The assignment is 15%. There is a lot of administration, but also teaching. I am attending the Erasmus Nano Board, which meets three times a year. I am also co-arranging a workshop for the Chalmers students every three years, most recently in 2016,&quot; Thilo says.<br />The workshop is ongoing for five days and one important feature is the display of the Nanofabrication Laboratory, which is usually handled by Ulf Södervall.<br /><br /><span><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/eschroder_220x180.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Link to news article." style="margin:5px" /></span>Now that the European Commission grants additional funding of three million euros, it is a larger amount than before. The money goes to scholarships and pays tuition fees and accommodation for 58 students, distributed on the four partner universities and three rounds.<br />&quot;It feels really good that we can continue. The international students are a good addition to the local nanostudents. They add very much and are really aware of what they want, because they have made an active choice to come here. It's no random choice. It's good that they come into the environment here,&quot; Elsebeth says.<br /><br />The students come from all over the world. Thilo Bauch has an active part in the selection. Together with colleagues from all partner universities, he reviews all applications during a two-day marathon session in Leuven every year. A sweaty job that involves accepting students already for the first grade in Belgium.<br /><br />The Commission also shows its appreciation by giving the EMM Nano+ the stamp &quot;Success Story&quot;, as one of only six designated success programmes, of a total of 376, in the last ten-year period. The stamp embraces programmes  that &quot;have distinguished themselves by their impact, contribution to policy-making, innovative results or creative approach, and can be a source of inspiration for others.&quot;<br />In addition, the Commission also has assigned the program the rating &quot;good practice&quot; to &quot;particularly well managed and inspiring&quot; programmes.<br />&quot;Not only did you assess the actual education, but also everything from the application process, how we choose the students, what activities are offered locally, to how we work with integration, are being examined. Chalmers contributes a lot to this success stamp,&quot; says Thilo Bauch.<br /><br />The new grant and quality stamp increase the attractiveness of the programme.<br />&quot;It also gives us many good candidates for our PhD positions. Many students remain and begin a postgraduate education,&quot; says Thilo Bauch.<br />Since its inception, approximately 350 students from 55 countries have been examined in the EMM Nano+ programme.<br /><br />Text and photo: Michael Nystås<br /><br /><a href="">Read more about the EMM Nano+ programme</a> &gt;&gt;&gt;<br /><br /><a href="">Read more about the Nanotechnology Master's programme at Chalmers</a> &gt;&gt;&gt;<br />Wed, 20 Dec 2017 09:00:00 +0100 IT cornerstone logs out<p><b>​Now MC2&#39;s longstanding IT coordinator Jan Andersson has logged out after 44 years at Chalmers. The office shelves are cleared and empty. &quot;It feels good in every way, but a bit tingly,&quot; he says.</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/jandersson_171110_665x330.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br />We meet on his last working day to summarize the past few years and look a little further. Jan is safely bent behind his dual computer screens for the last time to make sure everything is rolling as it should. This is the way so many of us know him; As a calm and reliable force, often on the go with his wagon to deliver an ordered computer somewhere in the house. In recent years, Jan Andersson has directed the local IT support together with Henric Fjellstedt.<br /><br />Jan Andersson became a permanent employee at Elektronfysik, then the ED section, at Chalmers in the spring of 1974, but came here already the year before, he recalls at our meeting. In other words, he can look back at the university for a total of 44 years. For a long time, he also spent one day a week at Onsala Space Observatory.<br />&quot;I was employed as an electronics technician and came here right after my military service. I saw an advertisement and got an interview. At first, it was a lot about service and repairs of electronic equipment,&quot; says Jan.<br />Later on it happened that he was the first to buy a personal computer at Elektronfysik, an Apple model:<br />&quot;It became popular, everyone wanted to touch it, so I started buying computers for colleagues and networks. That's the way it was.&quot;<br />Among the funniest tasks were those who tested his ingenuity:<br />&quot;At that time it was very fun to build measuring instruments that were not available for purchase. It could be anything from astronomers who wanted a problem solved until delivered. It could take anywhere between an hour and a half. It was very stimulating,&quot; says Jan.<br /><br />Jan Andersson has been at MC2 since the very beginning. First, with procurement to the Microelectronics Laboratory and the Solid State Physics department, but from 2005 with IT support for the entire MC2.<br />&quot;In the start there were more electronics, now it's just IT. The past few years have been very fun with great responsibility and to independently develop the IT pieces on MC2,&quot; he says.<br /><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/jandersson_171110_220x180.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />The fun memories after all years are many. Jan tells an anecdote from the early years of the cleanroom. Then as now, the Nanotechnology Laboratory had a giant instrument park.<br />&quot;At that time there was only fixed telephony where you would hit the zero button to get out on the line. At one point there was a man who rang and asked if I had any used instruments to sell. And used measuring instruments were all I had. Then he said he was interested in a trumpet! It was quiet for a while - until I realized he would have called a music store, but forgot to hit zero,&quot; Jan laughs.<br /><br />On 10 November, Jan Andersson was celebrated with festivities and tapas in Café Canyon. Colleagues and friends were keen to say goodbye, say a few words and thank for the work efforts.<br /><br />Among the flowers and presents we found a greeting from former colleague Anders Olausson, he is now happy retired as well:<br />&quot;Dear Janne, I wish you good luck in your new life! As an experienced and well-known senior citizen, I would like to inform you that it is now time to quit drinking coffee all day. New and previously unknown tasks will appear when you least expect it, and keep yourself occupied,&quot; he writes with the glimpse of the eye.<br /><br />From the existing colleagues at MC2, Jan received a flower with a nice card and the text: &quot;Thanks for your great work at MC2! Enjoy your retirement!&quot;<br />Ingrid Collin, head of administration at the department, held a small vote of thanks to honor the day:<br />&quot;You have been an obvious part of the department for many years. You have always been very helpful and knowledgeable, it has been easy to turn to you when we have had computer-related problems. It has been confident to have you present. You are highly appreciated, both for your knowledge and for being a good friend and colleague. We will miss you a lot, but wish you all the best in your new life as a retiree,&quot; she said.<br /><br />Jan Andersson was born and raised in Lindome, where he, with the exception of a temporary stay in Gothenburg, still lives. Now he carries his bag with him out of Kemivägen 9 for one last time. Leisure looms. The future. Interests. Jan looks forward to being able to spend more time with his daughter. She lives in Värmland and the trips there have been many for Jan. Now they will be even more.<br />The photo interest will also take place, and the dance, Jan is a good performer of Argentine tango. As will the house in Lindome and the well-developed natural habitat, close to forest and lake. Maybe he resumes his old interest in fly fishing now when time permits.<br /><br />In the house, the new little dog puppy, a Dutch little cager dog, or Dutch Kooikerhondje, which is the formal name, has recently moved in. It's an all new and exciting life.<br />&quot;It feels good and can only get better. But I will miss the fact that I will not be able to get into a broader context, and be involved in developing technology and science on my little edge. And of course, all the colleagues. I really appreciated the freedom at MC2,&quot; he concludes.<br /><br />Text and photo: Michael Nystås<br />Mon, 18 Dec 2017 10:00:00 +0100 recruitment event at MC2<p><b>​Over 100 potential doctoral students and thesis workers participated when MC2 hosted a major recruitment and information evening on 13 December. &quot;Very nice that so many showed interest in the opportunities for a career with us,&quot; says Mikael Fogelström, Head of the Department.</b></p><div>It was a real smorgasbord that appeared in the canyon when the department gathered forces to tell about all the offers available. The focus was on existing and future PhD vacancies, but students who were interested in doing their Master's thesis on MC2 were welcomed as well.</div> <div>In front of a crowded Kollektorn, Göran Johansson, Peter Andrekson and Christian Fager held short TED-inspired presentations. In the open space outside the auditorium there was opportunities to mingle with researchers and representatives from the HR department, and to get even more information in a mini exhibition. There were also a number of well-visited lab tours, including MC2's high-tech cleanroom, the Nanofabrication Laboratory.</div> <div> </div> <div>MC2's head Mikael Fogelström is very pleased when he summarizes the successful event:</div> <div>&quot;It was very fun that so many students showed interest and came. Our presenters in Kollektorn did an excellent job. It was also nice that it became such an active mingle,&quot; he says.</div> <div> </div> <div>Fogelström also praises all the others involved; HR representatives, PhD students, researchers and teachers on site, and the management team who organized the event, with Cristina Andersson, Susannah Carlsson and Debora Perlheden at the forefront, and with Karin Kjell as HR support.</div> <div>&quot;All honors to those who implemented it all. It shows that we have a good structure and a functioning organization. We will certainly arrange this more times,&quot; says Mikael Fogelström.</div> <div> </div> <div>Text: Michael Nystås</div> <div>Photo: Susannah Carlsson</div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Advertisement in Metro 18 and 28 December </h5> <div>In combination with the recruitment event that we had on Lucia, we will also advertise in Metro, to point out that there are many job openings at MC2. We are especially looking for a Project Coordinator (projektkoordinator) for WACQT, the new Quantum computer centre. A person who has experience in both research and as an administrative coordinator. The person should talk both English and Swedish. If you know anyone, please let them know about this job opportunity!</div>Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0100 center for quantum technology was celebrated<p><b>​Cakes for billions. Maybe not, but a new Wallenberg-funded center for quantum technology, was magnificently celebrated at MC2 on 6 December. &quot;We want to build skills in quantum technology in Sweden, and build a Swedish quantum computer in ten years. That&#39;s the core of this,&quot; says Professor Per Delsing, who becomes the new head of the center.</b></p>Wallenberg Center for Quantum Technology (WACQT) is a giant research effort that includes almost one billion kronor, most of which come from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.<br />Many had gathered to congratulate the principal investigators Per Delsing, Göran Wendin, Göran Johansson and Jonas Bylander when the new center and laboratory were celebrated with baking and bubbles in Café Canyon on 6 December. Delsing held a brief presentation of the bet and made no secret that there's still a lot of work left before everything is in place.<br />&quot;Of course, we have a number of challenges ahead of us; among other things, we need to recruit the right skills, buy new software and new instruments. Many new people will be involved in this,&quot; he says.<br /><br />Recruitment needs are enormous. Delsing mentions that there's need of hiring up to 60 PhD students, 40 postdoctoral students, ten assistant professors and a number of visiting professors in the future.<br />&quot;Our goal for the next ten years is to build a quantum processor with 100 qubits, which can perform things that a regular computer can not handle. It's an ambitious goal, but we think it's possible to reach,&quot; he says.<br /><br />The project also includes researchers at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Lund University and several other universities, as well as the business community.<br />&quot;We want to involve both smaller and larger companies who work with things that may be useful in the project. The forthcoming EU flagship on quantum technology will also play an important role,&quot; says Per Delsing.<br />Professor Gunnar Björk, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, and Professor Stefan Kröll, Lund University, who lead related projects at their respective universities, were present to honor the day.<br /><br />Mikael Fogelström, Head of MC2, is looking forward to the start of the new center on 1 January 2018:<br />&quot;I think we have ten very exciting years ahead of us,&quot; he says.<br /><br />Text and photo: Michael Nystås<br /><br /><a href="/en/news/Pages/Engineering-of-a-Swedish-quantum-computer-set-to-start.aspx">Read more about the Wallenberg Center for Quantum Technology</a> &gt;&gt;&gt;<br /><br /><a href="">Per Delsing and Göran Wendin speaks out in the student radio of Gothenburg, K103</a> &gt;&gt;&gt;<br />Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:00:00 +0100