News for the Department of Physics

  • Postdoctoral position in experimental physics with stored atomic and molecular ions 2020-10-20 A Postdoctoral opening is available for a skilled experimental physicist to work on research projects with stored ions and laser beams at the DESIREE storage-ring facility. Ref. No. SU FV-3887-20, closing date: 15 November 2020.
  • PhD student in experimental particle physics at the ATLAS experiment 2020-10-15 The elementary particle physics division at Stockholm University invites applicants for up a Ph.D. position to work on the ATLAS experiment at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Ref. No. SU FV-3820-20, closing date: 5 November 2020.
  • PhD student in Experimental Nuclear Physics 2020-10-15 We seek a self-motivated candidate with proficiency in English and a deep interest in subatomic physics and instrumentation. Ref. No. SU FV-3731-20, closing date: 5 November 2020.
  • PhD student in Resolution-unlimited quantum measurements 2020-10-15 A PhD position is available in the Quantum Photonics group to conduct research related to resolution-unlimited measurement of the spatial separation of two emitters by detection and analysis of the spatial mode structure. Ref. No. SU FV-3727-20, closing date: 5 November 2020.
  • PhD student in Theoretical polariton driven photochemistry 2020-10-15 We seek self-motivated candidates who are fluent in English and who are enthusiastic about working on theory projects that combine state-of-the-art chemistry and physics. Ref. No. SU FV-3728-20, closing date: 5 November 2020.
  • PhD students in Quantum mechanical simulations of time-resolved X-Ray/XUV spectroscopy (2) 2020-10-15 Two PhD openings are immediately available for outstanding individuals to work on the development of theoretical simulations of time-resolved X-Ray/XUV spectroscopy. Ref. No. SU FV-3729-20, closing date: 5 November 2020.
  • PhD student in Chemical Physics: Ultrafast X-ray science on supercooled water 2020-10-15 We invite applicants to apply for a fully funded PhD position on the topic “Ultrafast X-ray Science on supercooled water”. Ref. No. SU FV-3730-20, closing date: 5 November 2020.
  • Doktoranderna och medförfattarna till artikeln Hugo Laurell och David Busto förbereder ett experiment i attosekundlaboratoriet. Electron–spin dynamics studied on its natural time-scale 2020-10-09 By using extremely short light pulses and coincidence technology, researchers from several Swedish universities have managed to follow the dynamic process when the electron's spin - its rotation around its own axis - controls how an atom absorbs light.
  • Postdoctoral Fellow in axion theory and astrophysics 2020-10-06 We are searching for one outstanding individual to conduct original research on theoretical and phenomenological aspects of axions and axion-like particles. Ref. No. SU FV-3708-20, closing date: 1 December 2020.
  • Course in Machine Learning for Physicists and Astronomers - open for late application 2020-10-05 What is machine learning? How can we use it for physics or astronomy research? When to use what technique? Can machines fail to learn? The course introduces modern techniques of machine learning to an audience of physicists and astronomers, 7.5 credits (FK7068), which will be given at Fysikum during the second half of the fall of 2019.
  • Postdoctoral Fellow in Astroparticle or Theoretical Particle Physics 2020-09-30 We announce a new postdoctoral position focused on astroparticle physics, broadly defined. Particular areas of emphasis include dark matter indirect detection, cosmic-ray propagation, as well as gamma-ray theory, modelling and observation. SU FV-3601-20, closing date: 1 December 2020.
  • Rotation, precession, and nutation in obliquity of a planet Spin nutation in magnetic materials observed for the first time 2020-09-29 For the first time, spin nutation in magnetic materials has been observed. The discovery could impact the way digital information is saved and lead to a faster, more compact and more energy-efficient technology.
  • Postdoctoral positions on Data Science with LSST (2) 2020-09-17 We are searching for outstanding individuals to conduct original research on modelling and/or analysis of photometric datasets for dark energy studies using statistical inference and machine learning methods. Ref. No. SU FV-3387-20, closing date: 15 January 2021.
  • First result from DESIREE using merged-beams 2020-09-16 The DESIREE facility, with its unique design of two storage rings with a common straight section was constructed in order to study reactions between pairs of oppositely charged atomic or molecular ions. The results of the first such experiment have recently been published.
  • The schematic of the experiment used to capture the alignment of water molecules by the laser light.  By using X-ray lasers, scientists have seen that the water molecules can be aligned for a very short time, forming a liquid crystal. Water molecules that are in a low-density liquid (LDL – blue regions) are easier to align that those in a high density liquid (HDL – yellow regions). X-rays indicate that water can behave like a liquid crystal 2020-08-11 Scientists at Stockholm University have discovered that water can exhibit a similar behavior like a liquid crystal when illuminated with laser light. This effect originates by the alignment of water molecules, which exhibit a mixture of low- and high-density domains that are more or less prone to alignment. Can this discovery have future technological applications?
  • Photo XENON collaboration Excess Events observed in Dark Matter Experiment 2020-06-18 Scientists from the international XENON collaboration announced today that data from their XENON1T, the world's most sensitive dark matter experiment, show a surprising excess of events.
  • Flore Kunst - Photo: Serena Nobili /Stockholm university Flore Kunst receives the Oseen medal 2020-06-03 Flore Kunst defended her PhD thesis at the Department of Physics last year. She has now been awarded the Oseen medal for her promising thesis.
  • Kinesin  walking - Image : Inferring entropy production from short time series 2020-04-28 Recent research at Fysikum, published in Physical Review Letters, discovers a simple method to quantify dissipation in microscopic non-equilibrium systems by analysing short time series data.
  • ”trapped ions (Azote)”: Dualiteten hos fångad jon- och Rydbergatom-kvantteknologi. Fångade Rydbergjoner kombinerar styrkorna hos två mycket olika kvantprocessorer: fångad jon (ovan) och Rydbergatom (nedan) i en och samma teknik. Tekniken har potential att öka hastigheten hos fångade jonkvantdatorer. Illustration: Elsa Wikande /Azote. Speeding-up quantum computing using giant atomic ions 2020-04-15 Trapped Rydberg ions can be the next step towards scaling up quantum computers to sizes where they can be practically usable, a new study in Nature shows.
  • Hiranya Peiris - Foto: Niklas Björling Hiranya Peiris is awarded the Göran Gustafsson Prize 2020-03-03 The Göran Gustafsson Prize in Physics is awarded to Hiranya Peiris, "for her innovative research on the dynamics of the early universe, which links cosmological observations to basic physics".
  • Filming a quantum measurement 2020-02-25 Does a quantum state collapse instantly during measurement? And if not, how much time does the measurement process take and what is the quantum state of the system at any intermediate step?
  • ALPHA Experiment at Cern - Photo © CERN Mapping out the properties of antimatter 2020-02-21 Why does anything exist? That is really the fundamental question we try to answer through high-precision studies of antimatter. All matter that builds up the universe we see should really have been annihilated through contact with it mirror image – antimatter. Clearly, this has not happened, which is one of the great still unsolved mysteries of Physics.
  • Bioluminescence is the production and emission of light by a living organism as the result of a chemical reaction during which chemical energy is converted to light energy. SU researcher receives funding for new artificial photosynthsis project 2020-02-07 Bioluminescence is the production and emission of light by a living organism as the result of a chemical reaction during which energy is converted to light energy. This is a natural phenomenon and it is most common in deep sea living creatures.
  • Maddelena Bin Interview with Maddalena Bin 2020-01-20 Fysikum has several partner universities in Europe and about thirty exchange students are coming to us every year. We asked one of our exchange students why they choosed Stockholm and Fysikum.
  • Image courtesy of The Branco Weiss Fellowship Interview with Igor Pikovski 2019-10-11 Igor Pikovski recently joined Stockholm University as assistant professor in the Department of Physics. He is a theoretical physicist in the field of quantum optics and quantum information theory. His main interest is the interface between quantum physics at low energies and gravity, especially in a regime that can be accessed in laboratory experiments.
  • Corner States of Light 2019-10-07 Researchers at Stockholm University have managed to create a new kind of light wave whose unique properties may become important e.g. in future communication technology. In a recently published article in Nature Photonics, they have shown how ideas from theoretical quantum and materials physics can be realised in a completely different context, namely in optical waveguides.
  • Ana Predojevic and Markus Hennrich will be coordinating two of the projectes funded by QuantERA ERA-NET Two prestigious Quantum Technology grants for Fysikum 2019-10-07 Fysikum has been very successful in the highly competitive QuantERA ERA-NET Confund call in Quantum Technologies. Two proposals coordinated by Ana Predojevic and Markus Hennrich, at Fysikum, Stockholm University, have been selected for funding.
  • European grant for novel sustainable energy supply and storage awarded to Fysikum 2019-08-22 An European wide network, involving Markus Kowalewski and Michel Odelius from the Division of Chemical Physics at Fysikum, has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC). The project, which includes partners from 8 different countries, will investigate charge carrier dynamics in materials relevant for novel energy supply and storage.
  • Meet former Medical Physics student Apostolos Raptis 2019-08-20 Apostolos Raptis began his studies at the Department of Physics, Stockholm University, in the autumn 2015, as a master student from Greece. He enrolled in the 3rd year of the Medical Physics program and graduated in June 2018. Since December 2018 Apostolos works at the Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm.
  • Research without flying - is it possible? 2019-06-13 We all know how it works. To be a successful researcher you should be mobile and internationally visible, and this often means flying all over the world. But how are you supposed to do all this and still reduce your emissions of greenhouse gases to the 1-2 tons per person and year that it takes to be in line with the Paris agreement?
  • Hiranya Peiris - Foto: Niklas Björling Successful physicist making research accessible 2019-06-05 In an era when both experts and logical thinking are under attack, it is even more important to make research accessible– and astronomy might be a gateway. Professor Hiranya Peiris is a successful researcher with a strong urge to facilitate public understanding of science.
  • Figure 1: A colloidal particle in an optical trap (shown as a red ball), in the presence of thermal noise, can be made to work as a microscopic machine or heat engine. Its fluctuations have some typical features, some of which are shown here. Ref: Phys. Rev. Lett. 122, 140601 Efficiency fluctuations in microscopic machines 2019-04-15 Results of a recent study by physicists from Stockholm University in collaboration with researchers at Nordita and the University of Bielefeld, provide a general understanding of the efficiency fluctuations in microscopic machines.
  • Photo Markus Marcetic © Knut och Alice Wallenbergs Stiftelse Kungl. Vetenskapsakademien Classic double-slit experiment in a new light 2019-01-21 An international research group develops new X-ray spectroscopy method based on the classical double-slit experiment to gain new insights into the physical properties of solids
  • A schematic showing the band spectrum for a non-Hermitian Chern insulator, which is insulating in the bulk but supports chiral, electronic states on its edges. The gray spectrum corresponds to the eigenvalues of the Hamiltonian with periodic boundary conditions, while the blue corresponds to the eigenvalues of the Hamiltonian on a cylinder. The red corresponds to the chiral, edge state. Strikingly, the spectrum of the system with periodic boundary conditions is vastly different from the spectrum with open boundary conditions. Using the biorthogonal properties of the open system, however, the new theory can accurately predict when it attaches to the bulk spectrum, indicated by the orange and green dashed lines. Topology of non-Hermitian systems unraveled 2018-10-02 The study of topological materials has been an important task in condensed matter physics over the past few decades and was the subject of the 2016 Nobel prize in physics. Recent experiments and theoretical works have shown that unexpected phenomena occur in many open, non-equilibrium and complex systems that can be described using non-Hermitian physics.
  • XENON1T installation in the underground hall of Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso. The three story building houses various auxiliary systems. The cryostat containing the LXeTPC is located inside the large water tank next to the building. Photo by Roberto Corrieri and Patrick De Perio.” The world's largest dark matter detector, XENON1T, reaches a new level of sensitivity 2018-09-14 The international collaboration, XENON, which includes members of Stockholm University has built the world's most sensitive detector for dark matter. After one year of data collection, the experiment has reached a greater sensitivity than ever before.
  • A schematic of the approach used to capture water dynamics on the ultrafast timescale. If one were able to photograph the molecules in real space with different exposure times, the image would become gradually blurry because of the motion of the molecules. This is done with x-ray scattering in the so-called reciprocal space, where the diffraction pattern is gradually smoother for longer pulse durations.  (Image credits: Fivos Perakis/Stockholm University) The Ultrafast Dance of Liquid Water 2018-05-15 It is normally considered that water molecules in the liquid state move randomly on ultrafast timescales due to thermal fluctuations. Researchers at Stockholm University have now discovered an unexpected correlated motion in water dynamics on a sub-100 femtoseconds timescale.


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