News Archive 2014

22 December 2014


New professor in NUM

Michel Kenzelmann, the head of the NUM Laboratory for Development and Methods LDM, has been appointed a "Titularprofessur für Experimentelle Physik" at the University of Basel. The NUM division cordially congratulates Michel and wishes him all the best for his tasks at Basel and PSI.

14 November 2014


Neutron electric dipole moment workshop nEDM2014

The PSI Ultracold Neutron Physics together with co-organizers from ETH Zurich, ILL Grenoble, Rutherford-Appleton Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology has held the international workshop 'Challenges of the world-wide search for the electric dipole moment of the neutron' at the Centro Stefano Francini in Ascona. The leading experts in the field and students from all experimental efforts came together to discuss ongoing R&D, technical issues and new ideas. After a meeting in Oak Ridge in 2012, this was the second of its kind and will be followed in 2017 by a workshop in Canada.

10 September 2014


SPG-Lehrerfortbildung für Physiklehrer 2014

Am 28-29. November 2014 veranstaltete das PSI in Zusammenarbeit mit der Schweizerischen Physikalischen Gesellschaft SPG eine Fortbildung für Physiklehrer. Die zweitägige Veranstaltung stand unter dem Motto "Moderne Aspekte der Physik kondensierter Materie". Ausgewiesene Experten haben in verschiedenen Fachvorträgen das Thema selbst sowie verschiedene Untersuchungsmethoden vorgestellt. Ein Besuch der Grossanlagen des PSI, des Schülerlabors iLab sowie eine Podiumsdiskussion zum Thema "Aktuelle Themen der Physikdidaktik" rundeten die Veranstaltung ab. Weitere Informationen finden Sie hier.

29 July 2014


One hundred years of the Franck-Hertz experiment

In time for the centenary of the famous work of James Franck and Gustav Hertz in 1914, PSI's Malte Hildebrandt (NUM/LTP) and two Australian colleagues, Robert Robson and Ronald White, have revisited what is our common wisdom of the interpretation of the Franck-Hertz experiment, see original publication. Many people have heard in school about the studies that resulted in the Nobel-prize in 1925 "for their discovery of the laws governing the impact of an electron upon an atom" and all physicists have learned in their introductory courses about the impact on understanding quantum physics. The authors show that the "conventional interpretation ... is fundamentally flawed" and physicists will find the insights of this new work enlightening. Another article by the same authors in German and addressing a broader physicists audience has appeared in Physik Journal 03/2014, p.43, "Ein Grundstein de.r Atomphysik: Die gängige Lehrbuchinterpretation des Franck-Hertz-Experiments lässt viele Fragen offen."

14 July 2014


Simon Gerber receives SGN Young Scientist Prize

Dr. Simon Gerber, former PhD student at the Laboratory for Neutron Scattering and Imaging LNS, wins the Young Scientist Prize of the Swiss Neutron Scattering Society SGN/SSDN. He has been awarded for his PhD work entitled Interplay of Unconventional Superconductivity and Magnetism in CeCoIn5. Simon received the prize from the president of SGN/SSDN Prof. Henrik Ronnow at the annual meeting of the Swiss Physical Society in Fribourg. The prize is awarded for outstanding scientific achievements presented in a PhD work and is sponsored by SwissNeutronics.

1 July 2014


Martin Mansson new Vice-President Europe of ISMS

At the recent μSR 2014 conference, Dr. Martin Mansson of the LNS/PSI and LQM/EPF Lausanne, has been announced as the new Vice-President Europe of the International Society for μSR Spectroscopy (ISMS). Martin is co-responsible for the triple-axis spectrometer TASP at SINQ and uses a combination of experimental techniques including μSR for his research on strongly correlated electron and energy materials.

5 June 2014


Five pioneering instruments for the ESS

As a result of two years of intense development and design work at PSI, EPF Lausanne, and further partner institutes in Denmark, four instruments were presented to the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Spallation Neutron Source (ESS). The proposals include an extreme environment spectrometer, a pioneering reflectometer optimized for functional thin-film devices, a small-angle neuron scattering instrument for biology, and a diffractometer for multiple-length scales structural studies. A fifth instrument with Swiss contribution, a neutron imaging instrument, was selected for construction already last year. The Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) supports ESS activities in Switzerland.  

7 February 2014


PSI Summer School on Particle Physics 2014

The NUM Laboratory for Particle Physics organizes the 2014 PSI summer school on Particle Physics, entitled "More Than Higgs - Effective Theories for Particle Physics" at the Lyceum Alpinum in Zuoz, Switzerland. The school will be organized between August 17-23, 2014 and online registration is open until August 4, 2014. More information can be obtained on the school's website or via email from the organizers.

22 January 2014


World Congress on Neutron Radiography 2014

The Neutron Imaging group of the NUM division organizes the 10th World Conference on Neutron Radiography in Grindelwald, Switzerland from October 5-10, 2014. WCNR14 will attract scientists active in the field of neutron imaging either as designers and/or operators of facilities or as users of such installations. During the conference the latest methodical developments, instrumentation layout and improvements and new applications will be presented and discussed.

22 January 2014


13th International Conference on Muon Spin Rotation, Relaxation and Resonance (μSR2014)

Together with the Universities of Zurich and Fribourg the Laboratory for Muon Spectroscopy, NUM division, PSI organizes the 13th International Conference on Muon Spin Rotation, Relaxation and Resonance also in Grindelwald, Switzerland from June 1-6, 2014. μSR2014 provides a forum for researchers from around the world with interests in the applications of μSR to study a wide range of topics including condensed matter physics, materials and molecular sciences, chemistry and biology. It continues the series of international conferences on Muon Spin Rotation/Relaxation usually held every three years.

9 January 2014

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International Year of Crystallography 2014 - Paul Scherrer Institute is IYCr Supporter

The International Year of Crystallography 2014 (IYCr2014) commemorates not only the centennial of X-ray diffraction, which allowed the detailed study of crystalline material, but also the 400th anniversary of Kepler’s observation in 1611 of the symmetrical form of ice crystals, which began the wider study of the role of symmetry in matter. Twenty two large-scale facilities, among them the SINQ and the SμS, sponsor the UNESCO/IUCr Open Labs and Summit Meetings initiatives during the International Year of Crystallography - see IYCr Supporters.

1 January 2014


PSI summer school 2014

The PSI summer school 2014 on Condensed Matter Research will be organized at the Institut Montana in Zug, Switzerland from August 9-15, 2014. The topic of the school will be 'Exploring time, energy and length scales in condensed matter' and the school will be followed by hands-on practical training at the PSI large user facilities SINQ, SμS and SLS. Online registration and detailed information is available from the school's webpage.