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Research with Neutrons and Muons NUM Division

The PSI NUM division is one of the five PSI research divisions. It's mission is to perform excellent research with neutrons and muons and to operate the three PSI user facilities SINQ, SμS and Particle Physics.

Current News from NUM

4. October 2016

ERC funding of €2.4 million for research on fundamental interactions in magnets

Prof. Dr. Christian Rüegg - head of the Laboratory for Neutron Scattering and Imaging LNS within the NUM department and professor at the University of Geneva - has been awarded a prestigious Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council (ERC). With this funding he will continue to investigate how the smallest magnetic building blocks of matter interact. Over a five-year period, this grant will bring Rüegg a total of 2.4 million euros, or around 2.6 million Swiss francs.

8. August 2016

Alex Amato new Head of the LMU from November 1, 2016

Dr. Alex Amato has been appointed as the new Head of the Laboratory for Muon Spin Spectroscopy LMU starting from November 1st, 2016. He will succeed Prof. Dr. E. Morenzoni due to his imminent retirement. Alex Amato started his work in muon spin spectroscopy in 1990 and joined PSI in 1996 as a beam line scientist, responsible for the General Purpose Surface-Muon Instrument (GPS). In 2004 he was appointed Head of the Bulk-μSR Group. Under his leadership several key developments have been performed. Besides a complete redesign of the GPS, GPD, and DOLLY instruments, the realization of μSR under extreme conditions (high pressure, high temperature, high magnetic field at very low temperatures) resulted in important and partially unique extensions to the μSR technique.

1. July 2016

New NUM Laboratory LMX

Since July 1, 2016 the NUM division consists of a new fifth laboratory: the Laboratory for Multiscale Materials Experiments LMX. The laboratory hosts two research groups: "Mesoscopic Systems" (head: Laura Heyderman) and "Thin Films and Interfaces" (head: Thomas Lippert). The NUM division head Kurt N. Clausen acts as head of the new laboratory ad interim until a new head of the lab has been appointed. We cordially welcome all new members of the laboratory in NUM.

22. June 2016

Robert Scheuermann appointed chairman of the Molecular & Materials Science Experiments Evaluation Committee (MMS-EEC) at TRIUMF Vancouver

Robert Scheuermann from Laboratory for Muon Spin Spectroscopy LMU has been nominated chairman of MMS-EEC at TRIUMF for the next three years. The committee is a peer review board constituted of distinguished scientists from all over the globe screening the material science experimental proposals at TRIUMF. The Materials Sciences EEC convenes to hear formal proposals twice a year, and then recommends TRIUMF's Director of its priorities in the allocation of beam time and major facilities.

9. February 2016

Exothiggs: the PSI Summer School on Particle Physics 2016

Registration is open now for the 2016 PSI Summer School on Particle Physics entitles 'Exothiggs'! The school will be organized from August 14-20, 2016 at the Lyceum Alpinum in Zuoz, Switzerland. Further information and online registration is available from the school's webpage.

20. January 2016

Georgian Order of Honor for Zurab Guguchia

The president of Georgia - George Margvelashvili - has awarded the Georgian Order of Honor to Zurab Guguchia from the Laboratory for Muon Spectroscopy (LMU) for his work elucidating the microscopic properties of High-Temperature superconductors. Following that the president of Wissol Group in Georgia decided to even name a fellowship after Zurab and give that to outstanding students of the Tbilisi State University. Finally, Zurab also received the 'Tsinandali Award' in exact and natural sciences. The award was established by the former prime minister of Georgia - Zurab Zhvania - in 1999 and aims to encourage young scientists, writers, cinematographic artists etc. This award is very popular and many young scientists from abroad are applying.

4. September 2015

Dariusz Gawryluk received a poster prize at the MARVEL meeting in Lausanne

Dariusz Gawryluk, Post-Doc at the Laboratory for Scientific Developments and Novel Materials LDM, was awarded with the second prize at the poster session of the Materials’ Revolution Computational Design and Discovery of Novel Materials Review and Retreat Meeting (MARVEL), held in Lausanne on 3th and 4th September 2015. Dariusz Gawryluk works with Marisa Medarde on RNiO3 nickelates, one of the few families of highly correlated perowskite oxides showing a metal-to-insulator transition. The price recognizes his notable work on the high pressure synthesis of these materials. Dariusz's work is financed by the Paul Scherrer Institut and the National Centre of Competence in Research MARVEL.