Design of a fully connected quantum optimizer
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A team of theoretical physicists at the University of Basel in Switzerland, has found a way to design a fully connected quantum optimizer -- a machine that holds the promise to speed up the solution of hard optimization problems -- by taking advantage of a fundamental property of the superconducting state of matter. In a further vital step towards building a quantum optimizer able to solve real world problems, they also show that this new architecture is more robust to noise than existing alternatives. Their work has been published in Science Advances.
King Faisal Award Ceremony
Watch how Daniel Loss is awarded the King Faisal International Prize in Riyadh!
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Rare Earths Become Water-repellent Only as They Age
Surfaces that have been coated with rare earth oxides develop water-repelling properties only after contact with air. Even at room temperature, chemical reactions begin with hydrocarbons in the air. In the journal Scientific Reports, researchers from the University of Basel, the Swiss Nanoscience Institute and the Paul Scherrer Institute report that it is these reactions that are responsible for the hydrophobic effect. more...
Patrick Maletinsky becomes associate professor
Prof. Patrick Maletinsky holds the Georg-H.-Endress-position as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Physics of the University of Basel since February 2012. He has been promoted by the university council to associate professor effective February 1st, 2017.
Daniel Loss Receives the King Faisal International Prize
Professor Daniel Loss from the University of Basel’s Department of Physics and the Swiss Nanoscience Institute has been awarded the King Faisal International Prize for Science 2017. The King Faisal Foundation awarded Loss the renowned science prize for his discovery of a concept for development of a quantum computer based on the intrinsic angular momentum of electrons. Loss has further refined his theory over recent years and established a completely new field of research. UniNews... , Regio aktuell.
Farewell Symposium of Professor Friedrich-Karl Thielemann
In order to honor Professor Thielemann’s impressive research career, the Department of Physics is organizing a farewell symposium on the 3rd of March from 13.30-18.30h. The detailed program can be downloaded here.
Please register at the latest until February 27 using this form.
Gravitational wave factories in the early universe
Researchers from the Particles & Cosmology group at the Department of Physics have found that in the early universe after inflation, so-called oscillons can act as "gravitational wave factories" and produce much more gravitational waves than previously thought. Oscillons are localized and strong scalar field fluctuations that are comparatively long-lived. Numerical simulations showed that the produced gravitational waves have a specific frequency, related to the underlying theory of the early universe, and manifest themselves as a pronounced peak in the otherwise rather broad spectrum of gravitational waves from early universe dynamics. If this peak is in the right frequency range, the effects from the oscillons can be observed by the running or planned gravitational wave detectors, e.g. by the aLIGO-AdVirgo detector network. The detection of such a gravitational wave signal would provide a fascinating window into the physics of the early universe. The results are published in Physical Review Letters.
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