NewsAdobe Experience ManagerUrsula Keller receives Weizmann Women &amp; Science Awardnoemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerUrsula Keller, Professor at the Institute for Quantum Electronics, received today one of the two 2017 Weizmann Women &amp; Science Awards &quot;for pioneering and seminal contributions to ultrafast lasers technology and important breakthroughs in attosecond science&quot;.;Science ex machina&quot;noemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerIn its June issue, the Horizons magazine of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) takes a look at the automation of research, and reports on several examples where ETH physicists use Artificial Intelligence. bias in astronomy quantifiednoemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerNumerous studies and anecdotal accounts support the notion that scientific work performed by women is treated differently from that of their male peers. Seeking to quantify such gender bias, three ETH PhD students have performed a systematic study of more than 200,000 astronomy publications. The result is unequivocal: papers with female lead authors received on average some 10% fewer citations than similar papers with male lead authors.;Bright future for Quantum Computing&quot;noemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerThe latest episode of the Discovery programme on the BBC World Service is dedicated to quantum computation. BBC journalist Roland Pease met some of the experts, including ETH physicist Jonathan Home, and explored the technology behind the &quot;next information revolution&quot;.;The Exoplanet and the search for life&quot;noemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerETH astrophysicist Kevin Schawinski speaks on Swiss Radio SRF about exoplanets and the search for biology outside our solar system. the world's best ice screwnoemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerAt the vocational training centre in Dietikon, twelve polymechanics apprentices in their third year — including three from the ETH Department of Physics and one from the Department of Earth Sciences — work on an ambitious project: to construct the world's best ice screw. togethernoemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerIn a collaboration of three groups at the Department of Physics, a device has been created that strongly couples quantum states of light and matter. This hybrid system opens up novel routes to combining the advantages of different quantum platforms — and to a host of possible applications. MERAC Prize to Kevin Schawinskinoemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerThe 2017 MERAC Prize of the European Astronomical Society for the Best Early Career Researcher in Observational Astrophysics goes to ETH astrophysicist Kevin Schawinski. parallel worldsnoemail@noemail.orgRegina MoserIn physics, scientists encounter not only fundamental, but often also philosophical problems. To study questions of the latter category, ETH physicist Jens Jäger completes a Master's degree in Philosophy of Physics at the University of Oxford. Owing to an Annual Scholarship from the Swiss Study Foundation, he can focus fully on the one-year course. BRIDGE grants for young ETH physicistsnoemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerThe first BRIDGE Proof of Concept call of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and the Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI) attracted 101 proposals, submitted by young researchers from across Switzerland. Eleven ideas have now been funded, including the two projects of ETH physicists Mariia Timofeeva and Florian Emaury. modern researchnoemail@noemail.orgRegina Moser20 high-school students with a passion for physics had a chance to experience modern research in two large laboratory complexes of the Department of Physics. In the Laboratory for Solid State Physics, they visted the Advanced Semiconductor Quantum Materials group, and in the Institute for Particle Physics the Laboratory of Ion Beam Physics. Advanced Grant to Tilman Esslingernoemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerETH researchers have received eight of the coveted Advanced Grants in the European Research Council's (ERC) latest call for proposals, among them physicist Tilman Esslinger, who has been awarded such a grant already for the second time. innovation in space noemail@noemail.orgGiulia AdagazzaThe ESA BIC Switzerland programme is starting its second round with seven additional start-ups. Amongst others, the jury was won over by the ETH spin-off &quot;IRsweep&quot;. Using a spectrometer that utilises infra-red laser radiation, the startup wants to make environmental analysis from space more precise. professors appointednoemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerThe ETH Board appointed three new professors and awarded the title of Professor to five recipients upon application of ETH President Lino Guzzella. Among them are Christian Degen, new Associate Professor of Spin Physics, and Aude Gehrmann-De Ridder and Vadim Geshkenbein, new Adjunct Professors at the Departement of Physics.;One size does not fit all&quot;noemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerTutorials are an unavoidable part of every ETH degree course. But at least students attending physics lectures are free to choose the format in which they practice the principles of their subject. Dresselhaus †noemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerThe Department of Physics has been saddened to hear of the passing away of Professor Millie Dresselhaus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on 20 February 2017. insights into vocational training at ETH Zurichnoemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerComing to ETH, but not for academic studies — there are many exciting apprenticeships at ETH Zurich. Interested youngsters had an opportunity to get a personal impression of the vocational-training programme at ETH. Herschel Medal awarded to Simon Lilly noemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerThe Royal Astronomical Society (UK) has announced today that this year the Herschel Medal is awarded to ETH professor Simon Lilly. science: International exchangenoemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerTogether with a group of physicists, ETH president Lino Guzzella traveled from 20 to 23 November 2016 to Israel, to visit the Quantum Information Science Center of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, near Tel Aviv. The visit was a further step towards strengthening international exchange in the field of quantum science. apprentices at the Zurich job fairnoemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerThe Department of Physics of ETH Zurich trains electronics, physics-lab and IT technicians as well as designers and polymechanics. Later on, these often provide important support for basic research or take up positions in industry. At the Zurich job fair (Berufsmesse Zürich), apprentices from the Department of Physics presented their apprenticeship to other youngsters and to parents. Consolidator Grant to Giacomo Scalarinoemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerThree ETH Zurich researchers have received ERC Consolidator Grants from the European Research Council (ERC), among them physicist Giacomo Scalari. Their projects will each receive approximately 2 million Swiss francs in funding. into studying physicsnoemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerA special-topic event showed first-year students how former physics graduates have mastered this difficult phase and how their studies have continued successfully. The main goal of the event is to maintain and stimulate enthusiasm for studying physics at ETH Zurich. visit to the Quantum Device Labnoemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerWhat sort of options do high-school students have for their future? How does work in basic research look like? What do scientists explore in the Quantum Device Lab at ETH Zurich? Teachers of the canton school Zurich Oberland (KZO) wanted to know. Home appointed Associate Professornoemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerUpon application of ETH President Lino Guzzella the ETH Board appointed a total of eight professors — including physics professor Jonathan Home — and awarded the title of professor to one individual.“Electronic publications make our work more efficient”noemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz Trabesinger<i>ETH Globe</i> puts five questions to ETH physics professor Werner Wegscheider. devices as labs for physics eductionnoemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerA continuing-education event for grammar-school teachers organized by the Association of Swiss Mathematics and Physics Teachers and ETH Zurich highlighted how mobile devices can be used in astonishing ways for teaching physics. In fact, nowadays all of us are carrying in our pockets a small physics-learning lab. Owl to Manfred Sigristnoemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerEvery year, the Association of Students at ETH Zurich (VSETH) awards the &quot;Golden Owl&quot; to particularly committed teachers. We are delighted that this year also physics professor Manfred Sigrist has been awarded for his commitment to teaching. for future careersnoemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerWhat inspires physicists? Which professions support their research activities? On the National &quot;Future Day&quot; (<i>Zukunftstag</i> ) of 10 November 2016, some 30 children participated in two special programs offered by the Department of Physics. These also showed the wide range of career opportunities in the department. gravitational lens observed at very high energiesnoemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerA collaboration including ETH physicists at the Major Atmospheric Gamma-ray Imaging Cherenkov (MAGIC) observatory reports the discovery of the most distant gamma-ray source ever observed at very high energies — thanks to the 'replay' of an enormous flare by a galactic gravitational lens, as predicted according to Einstein’s theory of General Relativity. lecture Felicitas Paussnoemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerProfessor Felicitas Pauss, since 1991 a member of the Institute for Particle Physics, gave her farewell lecture, entitled &quot;Tiny particles, big questions, multifaceted experience&quot;.ünther Dissertori Deputy Spokesperson of the CMS experimentnoemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerA new management took over at the helm of the CMS Collaboration at CERN, including ETH professor Günther Dissertori, who will act as one of the two Deputy Spokespersons. giant glowing halos around distant quasarsnoemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerAn international team of astronomers let by ETH astronomers has discovered glowing gas clouds surrounding distant quasars. This new survey made at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) indicates that halos around quasars are far more common than expected. The properties of the halos in this surprising find are also in striking disagreement with currently accepted theories of galaxy formation in the early Universe. Starting Grant for Rachel Grangenoemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerRachel Grange, Assistant Professor in Photonics at the Institute for Quantum Electronics, has been awarded one of the prestigious ERC Starting Grants. Conference on Cyclotrons and their Applicationsnoemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerAround 180 scientists working on the development and application of cyclotrons meet this week at ETH Zurich, to exchange ideas in a field that has a long-standing tradition at ETH and at the Paul Scherrer Institute in Villigen. for prospective students and continuing education for teachersnoemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerWhat to study? Where to work later? These are questions that many high-school graduates mull over. There are many roads that can be taken, and it's not so easy to make the right choice. The study information days at ETH highlighted some of the possibilities. building for top-level researchnoemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerThe new laboratory and office building for the Department of Physics at ETH Zurich has to fulfill high demands. Even in structural matters this building at Wolfgang-Pauli-Strasse on the Hönggerberg campus will break new grounds. The building is due to be finished by 2025. new apprentices at the Department of Physicsnoemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerIn mid-August, 65 apprentices and trainees started their education at ETH Zurich. 17 youngsters will be trained as electronics technicians, IT technicians, designers, physics lab technicians or polymechanics at the Department of Physics. service for apprentices from several companiesnoemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerFrom 8 - 18 August 2016 the inter-company course &quot;Measurement technology&quot; took place at the Departement of Physics. 17 physics-lab-technician apprentices from all over German-speaking Switzerland participated. On a visitor day, interested vocational instructors and vocational-school teachers could get an impression of this course. and Diethelm Würtz ✝noemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerIt is with great sadness that we report the deaths of Diethelm and Barbara Würtz, who were killed in a car accident on 28 July 2016. Both Diethelm and Barbara worked at the ETH Zurich: Prof. Dr. Diethelm Würtz as a researcher and teacher in the Institute for Theoretical Physics, and Dipl.-Psych. Barbara Schröder-Würtz as an advisor in the Human Resources Division. comes in many shapesnoemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerIn the current issue of the journal <i>Nature Physics,</i> ETH physicists Oded Zilberberg and Sebastian Huber describe unexpected connections between physics and the mathematical field of topology. With their pieces they provide intriguing outlooks on two aspects of ‘topological matter’ — a field of great current interest, and one to which physicists at ETH Zurich have contributed substantially over the years. physics youngstersnoemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerThe Swiss team was awarded one bronze medal and four honorable mentions at the International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) 2016, which took place in Zurich from 11 to 17 July. Some 400 students from 84 countries participated in the competition. council Oetwil an der Limmat lifts offnoemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerThey started the second half of the year in the vast expanses of space. ETH-physicist Simon Birrer, Institute of Astrophysics, took the guests on an imaginary trip there. at the IYPTnoemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerCongratulations to the Swiss team on winning 3rd place at the 29th International Young Physicists' Tournament! Team leaders were two physics students of ETH Zurich. Wolf and his legacynoemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerRudolf Wolf (1816–1893), astronomer and founder of the <i>Eidgenössische Sternwarte </i> (federal observatory), was born today 200 years ago. His broad academic interests, key discoveries, interdisciplinary exchange and diverse publishing and collecting activities still set him apart to this day.ürg Fröhlich at 70noemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerOn occasion of the 70th birthday of ETH physics professor Jürg Fröhlich, a one-day symposium was held in his honour. of Thinking – Exchange across disciplinesnoemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerAre there common areas of interest between physics and theater? As part of the lecture series &quot;Getting Real&quot; at the Zurich University of the Arts, ZHdK, the two ETH physicist Gregor Jotzu and Philipp Kammerlander have been invited as guest speakers. of historical astronomical instruments onlinenoemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerThe historical collection of instruments from the former <i>Eidgenössische Sternwarte</i> (federal observatory) Zurich with its holdings of around 300 objects is now available online.;A new idea bears late fruit&quot;noemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerETH physicist Renato Renner wants to demonstrate the conditions that must be met for quantum cryptography to be secure. The fundamentals that he must first define open up a door to a whole new world.;More communication&quot;noemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerETH physics professor Andreas Vaterlaus, Vice-Rector for Curriculum Development, and Daniel Halter, head of the Educational Development and Technology unit, talk about the continued development of teaching at ETH. contribution to the &quot;Night with Albert&quot;noemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerOn 3 June 2016, the Bernese Historical Museum held a &quot;Night with Albert&quot; — an invitation to embark on a quest of one day and one night to get to know Albert Einstein. An experimental setup on the photoelectric effect, on loan from the Physics Department at ETH Zurich, provided visitors with the opportunity of actively discovering one of Einstein's groundbreaking works. new physics professors appointednoemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerOn application of the President of ETH Zurich, Professor Lino Guzzella, the ETH Board appointed at its meeting of 25/26 May 2016 a total of 18 professors, among them two physics professors. Day 2016noemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerOn May 26 2016, the traditional traditional Department Day, open to all members of the department, took place. Talk by Sandra Fabernoemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerThe known astrophysicist Sandra Faber of the University of California at Santa Cruz gave a public lecture on &quot;Cosmic Knowledge and the Long-term Strategy of the Human Race&quot; on the Hönggerberg campus. guide for time travellersnoemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerA new book illustrates time scales from 10<sup>–16</sup> to 10<sup>18</sup> seconds. <i>A Journey into Time in Powers of Ten, </i> produced by the NCCR MUST, provides context and food for many 'second thoughts'. of the 2016 Mercury Transitnoemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerOn Monday, 9 May, Mercury transited across the face of the Sun. The group of Michael Meyer set up a telescope with a solar filter for viewing this event on the Hönggerberg campus. from the University of Twentenoemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerSome 70 students of the University of Twente in Enschede (Netherlands) visited ETH Zurich on a study tour. radiocarbon team on German radionoemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerThe German radio station Deutschlandfunk reports on work at the ETH Laboratory of Ion Beam Physics. Advanced Grant for Charalampos Anastasiounoemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerCharalampos Anastasiou, Professor at the Institute for Theorectical Physics, has been awarded one of the prestigious ERC Advanced Grants. MERAC Prize to Yingjie Pengnoemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerThe 2016 MERAC Prize of the European Astronomical Society for the best doctoral thesis in observational astrophysics goes to Dr Yingjie Peng, who obtained his PhD at ETH Zurich in 2013. glimpse into physics education at ETH Zurichnoemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerThe Department of Physics at ETH Zurich welcomed fifty teachers of the Cantonal Middle School Uri. shuttle to quantum computersnoemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerWell-controlled shuttling of ions through laser beams should enable scalable quantum computing. Young Physicists' Tournament at ETH Zurichnoemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz Trabesinger43 high-school students were competing on April 1 and 2 at ETH Zurich to become Swiss 'physics champion'. tour on Einstein's 137th birthdaynoemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerOn March 14, from 18:15, you can learn about Albert Einstein's time in Zurich and take a look at original documents.;A decisive statement&quot;noemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerETH physicist Klaus Ensslin plays his part in the EU Graphene project.;From genius to network&quot;noemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerETH particle physicist Felicitas Pauss and systems biologist Rudolf Aebersold discuss what forms of cooperation make sense. view of black-hole activitynoemail@noemail.orgAndreas Heinz TrabesingerFrom 17 to 19 February 2016, the conference &quot;X-ray View of Black Hole Activity in the Local Universe&quot; takes place on the ETH Hönggerberg campus. Phenomenology Workshop 2016noemail@noemail.orgRegina MoserOn January 6-8 approximatively 70 researchers met at the ETH Zurich Main Building to discuss Higgs physics at the Large Hadron Collider LHC. LHC is the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator at CERN. step towards quantum engineeringnoemail@noemail.orgRegina MoserPhysicists connected two materials with unusual quantum-mechanical properties through a quantum constriction, could open up a novel path towards both a deeper understanding of physics and future electronic devices.'Nationaler Zukunftstag' ETH Zurichnoemail@noemail.orgRegna MoserMore available only in German students support students at ETHnoemail@noemail.orgRegna MoserPhD students are available for questions by other students about semester projects, Bachelor and Master theses: the student association VMP hosted the «Research Group Event» on the 18th of November in the main building of ETH. Video: Physics of New Materials - Guided Tournoemail@noemail.orgRegina MoserPhysics of New Materials: Have a look into labs and scientific work of one of the 40 scientific groups at the Department of Physics. Rahman Prize for Computational Physicsnoemail@noemail.orgMichele DolfiETH Professor Matthias Troyer has won the 2016 Aneesur Rahman Prize for Computational Physics of the American Physical Society. Fair in Zurich – 25,000 visitorsnoemail@noemail.orgRegina MoserZurich's two universities illuminated the city as a center of science over the weekend: the fourth «Scientifica» recorded 25,000 visitors. With 60 exhibition stands and nearly 40 short lectures at the two main buildings of ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich, the science fair presented great insights into the broad spectrum of the sciences. Zwicky Symposium noemail@noemail.orgThe Institute for Astronomy is convening from 31 August to 4 September 2015 a symposium in honour of Fritz Zwicky, the eminent Bulgaria-born Swiss astronomer. The theme of the Symposium is &quot;Confronting Ideas on Galactic Metamorphoses&quot;, and will feature 45 of the world's leading extragalactic astronomers and cosmologists.