Fifty students from ETH Zurich and other Swiss universities want to revolutionise transport. For a race set up by Elon Musk, they have developed a zero emission capsule that could in future transport people and goods through a vacuum tube at almost the speed of sound.
Steven Johnson appointed Associate Professor
The ETH Board just appointed eight new professors at ETH Zurich, among them physicist Steven Johnson of the Institute for Quantum Electronics.
SPHERE instrument unveils its first exoplanet
The 'planet-finder instrument' of the European Southern Observatory (ESO), which has partially developed and built at ETH Zurich, has discovered its first exoplanet. HIP 65426b is some 385 light-years from us — and it turns out that it is a particularly interesting exoplanet.
A gravity researcher in search of weightlessness
Lavinia Heisenberg is a theoretical physicist. She is reluctant to accept that General Relativity can be used to describe the universe only on the assumption of exotic materials and energy sources. Her goal is thus to update Einstein’s theory.
Physics without limits
Studying climate change on a computer, building solar cells, looking at material surfaces using novel microscopes, determining the age of samples using the radio-carbon method: Some 30 high-school students explore each year during the ETH study week different topics at the Department of Physics — a great opportunity for establishing contacts to the world of research and for gaining insights into labs and scientific work.