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Logo for the Sapere Aude projects

2019.11.25 | Department of Physics, Staff, Public / media, Students

Postdoc Søren Ulstrup receives a Sapere Aude grant of DKK 6,2 for research into 2D crystals

In a research project titled 'In operando nanoscale spectromicroscopy of two-dimensional heterostructures' the properties of stacked single atom layered crystal are to be studied

2019.11.20 | Department of Physics, Staff, Public / media

New postdoc - Emir Karamehmetoglu

Emir Karamehmetoglu joined the supernova group led by Maximilian Stritzinger in the fall of 2019. His primary research interest is observational studies of core-collapse supernovae

2019.11.07 | Public / media, Staff, Department of Physics

Steen Brøndsted Nielsen has obtained his higher doctoral degree

Steen Brøndsted Nielsen has obtained his higher doctoral degree at Aarhus University. His doctoral dissertation investigates the colour of molecules when they are not under the influence of their surroundings. The aim is to develop better fluorescent markers for medical examinations.

Professor Liv Hornekær. Photo: Lars Kruse, AU Foto.

2019.10.23 | Department of Physics, Students, Public / media, Staff

Two new Danish National Research Foundation centres at IFA

Liv Hornekær to lead Center for Interstellar Catalysis

Professor Thomas Pohl. Photo: Lars Kruse, AU Foto.

2019.10.23 | Department of Physics, Staff, Public / media, Students

Two new Danish National Research Foundation centres at IFA

Thomas Pohl to lead Center for Complex Quantum Systems

Photo of Ben Lemberger

2019.10.03 | Department of Physics, Staff, Public / media

New postdoc - Ben Lemberger

Ben Lemberger joined Klaus Mølmer's group as a postdoc in the fall of 2019.

Blue-white B-star. Credit: ESO

2019.10.01 | Department of Physics, Public / media, Staff, Students

Hot stars with an unknown past promise new understandings also of the Sun

Professor Jørgen Christensen-Dalsgaard co-authors a paper on B-subdwarfs in Nature Astronomy Letters 30. September 2019

2019.09.24 | Department of Physics, Public / media

New postdoc - Rosana Martinez Turtos

Rosana Martinez Turtos has joined the Semiconductor team in the group of Peter Balling from September 2019.

The principle of interacting photons via quasi particles. Ill: G. Bruun.

2019.09.20 | Department of Physics, Staff, Public / media, Students

A project by Georg Bruun, IFA for realising strong photon-photon interactions with exciton-polaritons obtains a fine grant

U.S. ARMY RDECOM has granted $ 300 000 for this project to study promising resonance effects between exciton-polaritons

Victoria Antoci. Private photo.

2019.09.10 | Department of Physics, Students, Public / media, Staff

Victoria Antoci, IFA had an idea!

The Villum Experiment Grants seek to reward scientists who question conventional thinking, and thus the idea of exploring the interplay between hot stars and exoplanets with a new spectrograph prototype for a unique nano-satellite missionhas been awarded a grant of DKK 1 960 230,00.

Max Stritzinger. Photo: DFF

2019.09.10 | Department of Physics, Staff, Public / media, Students

Max Stritzinger, IFA had an idea!

The Villum Experiment Grants seek to reward scientists who question conventional thinking, and thus the idea of building up a cosmography of Laniakea via the distribution of Type Ia supernovae, the peculiar velocities of their host galaxies and Dark Matter distribution has been awarded a grant of DKK 1 993 738,00.

Nicola Lanata. Private photo

2019.09.10 | Department of Physics, Students, Public / media, Staff

Nicola Lanata, IFA and Ove Christiansen, Dept of Chemistry had an idea!

The Villum Experiment Grants seek to reward scientists who question conventional thinking, and thus the idea of "Simulating strongly correlated materials by combining quantum theory with machine learning" has been awarded a grant of DKK 1 930 108,00

[Translate to English:] Picture from a Fysikshow.

2019.09.09 | Department of Physics, Staff, Future students, Public / media, PhD Students

Fysikshow

Fysikshow er en samling af fysik- og nanostuderende, der arbejder på at udbrede glæden ved naturvidenskab og i særdeleshed ved fysik.

Interacting "motors" in a 2D grid. Illustration from the paper.

2019.08.20 | Department of Physics, Staff, Public / media, Students

Clock Model at the Verge of Criticality

Alberto Imparato and Marc Suñé publish paper in Physical Review Letters 13. August 2019

2019.08.08 | Department of Physics, Students, Public / media, Staff

No, you cannot name the Danish exoplanet after Kim Larsen

Names are trickling in, but we hope for a skyburst

The SONG-telescope with the Teide volcano in the background. Photo: RMS Foto.

2019.07.30 | Department of Physics, Staff, Public / media, Students

Fine summer images from the SONG telescope on Tenerife

A well known astrophotographer has visited Tenerife and has donated a couple of very impressive photos of the Danish SONG telescope.

Solens overflade er et travlt sted. Det lyse stykke nær horisonten er en stor solplet. (Foto: NASA/TRACE)

2019.07.30 | Department of Physics, Staff, Public / media, Students

The Sun is less responsible for global climate changes according to 250 years old observations from the Copenhagen Round Tower

In Danish only. Sorry.

2019.07.08 | Department of Physics, Staff, Public / media

New electronics technician apprentice: Filip Johan Arnested

Filip Johan Arnested has been employed at our department from 1st July 2019 for 3½ years as electronics technician apprentice. Filip has a degree from The Academy of Music and has a Master’s degree in electronic music.

2019.06.27 | Department of Physics, Staff, Public / media

New industrial technician: Laurits Christensen

Laurits is a trained industrial technician and comes from a position at AVK Holding's machine shop. Laurits mainly does CNC machining of mechanical components in the workshop. Welcome Laurits.

Supernova SN 2019bkc imaged with the NOT telescope on La Palma. Photo from the paper.

2019.06.27 | Department of Physics, Public / media, Staff, Students

Hasty demise of a lonely star

Supernova (SN) 2019bkc/ATLAS19dqr was recently discovered by the Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System (ATLAS) and located in what appears to be a “hostless” environment.

Photo of NOT and the Danish delegation

2019.06.26 | Department of Physics, Staff, Public / media

Nordic Optical Telescope (NOT)

IFA is working hard on the preparations to take over the Nordic Optical Telescope (NOT), which is a telescope in La Palma on the Canary Islands. A delegation from IFA has just visited NOT to plan the process of taking over, and to actually see what we are taking in.

Laser-excitation of ultracold atoms in optical lattices now makes it possible to bind together two atoms in neighboring sites and gain unprecedented control over giant molecules. 
Rydberg macrodimers”

2019.06.20 | Department of Physics, Students, Public / media, Staff

New molecules with giant bond lengths

A recent publication in Science reports on the controlled formation of giant molecules.

Sådan kunne Danmarks planet godt se ud. Kilde: NASA

2019.06.11 | Department of Physics, Staff, Students, Public / media

Kan du læse dette?

så kan du også foreslå et navn til Danmarks egen exoplanet og dens stjerne.

2019.06.11 | Department of Physics, Public / media, Staff, PhD Students

Important notice of serious phishing attempt

Phishing email in circulation: Never reveal your password

[Translate to English:] ESAs maskot Paxi besøger marslab. Foto: OJK

2019.05.30 | Department of Physics, Staff, Public / media, Students

The Marstank receives honourable mention with ESA

The Mars Simulation Laboratory in the dungeons under IFA attracts researcers from all over the Globe and beyond.

2019.05.29 | Department of Physics, Public / media, Staff

New Administrativ Officer: Mai Korsbæk

From 1st June Mai Korsbæk has been given a permanent position as Administrative Officer at IFA.

Marco Bianchi surrounded by a lot of tin foil - used as isolation around the ASTRID2 equipment. Photo: Omnibus.

2019.05.06 | Department of Physics, Staff, Students, Public / media

The AU Nightowls: Marco Bianchi at ASTRID2

You find Marco day and night by ASTRID2

2019.04.14 | Department of Physics, Staff, Public / media, Students

Victor Silva Aguirre has been appointed associate professor at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University

Study of the history of the Milky Way to be strengthened via the appointment 1 April 2019 of a new associate professor.

Certificate for the prestigious Ertl award 2019. Photo: SU

2019.04.14 | Department of Physics, Staff, Students, Public / media

Gerhard Ertl Young Investigator Award for Søren Ulstrup

This year's prestigious award for a young researcher's excellent work in surface physics goes to IFA Post-Doc.

The winning team for the Danish Science Show Championship 2019 after their dip in the Campus Lake. Photo: Fysikshow/AU

2019.04.09 | Department of Physics, Staff, Students, Public / media

Fysikshow Aarhus ended in cold water after the Danish Championship in Science Show

On a highly supportive home turf Martin Hedevang and Kristoffer Kvist ended first among 7 competing teams this Saturday.

A hydrated electron is formed in water. Ill: the authors

2019.04.09 | Department of Physics, Staff, Public / media, Students

An old transient shines in new light - the formations dynamics of the hydrated electron

In Phys. Rev. Lett. Marcel Mudrich and Mykola Shcherbinin og IFA with an international team describe the elusive formation process of a hydrated electron in water.

[Translate to English:] Figur: Fysikerne observerede en tiltrækkende vekselvirkning mellem Cs-atomer, der blev overført af en omgivende gas af Li-atomer.

2019.04.09 | Department of Physics, Staff, Public / media

New interactions seen in an ultracold gas

Cold atom experiments have revealed a novel interaction between pairs of particles that is mediated by a surrounding quantum gas. Georg Bruun describes the discovery in Nature News and Views.

Professor Yong P. Chen

2019.04.08 | Department of Physics, Staff, Public / media, Students

From USA to Aarhus with hybrid quantum materials

Professor in nanotechnology and quantum physics Yong P. Chen from Purdue University, Indiana is to establish a significant research program at Aarhus University. The Villum Investigator Program has offered him Dkk 40 million to be used in his research at the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Light interacts with the retinal molecules of the eye. Illustration: Anastasia Borchenkova.

2019.03.12 | Department of Physics, Staff, Public / media, Students

Less than the Blink of an Eye

The first steps in the process of vision are incredbly fast. A physics group from AU have now solved a decades old riddle of the retinal molecule in a recent paper in Nature Communications of 14 March 2019.

Stellar eruption - but this time not in our direction! Illustration: Casey Reed/NASA.

2019.03.13 | Department of Physics, Staff, Public / media, Students

In 775 og 993 all of Earth was hit by enormous solar storms

It will happen again, and postdoc Stergios Misios has received DKr 1,9 mill from Villum Fonden to look into what will happen if we are hit by another huge storm in the near future. Stellar eruption - but this time not in our direction! Illustration: Casey Reed/NASA.

Rijuatha Jaganathan. Private photo.

2019.03.13 | Department of Physics, Staff, Public / media, Students

PhD student at IFA Rijutha Jaganathan has been invited to attend this year's Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

Some 580 young scientists under the age of 35 from 88 countries plus about 30 Nobel Laureates will meet this summer in Lindau, Germany for lectures, Science Walks, Panel Discussions and Master Classes.

The black sky, the blue horizon and the clouds. Photo: 8.3.2019 The Delphini-1 Team.

2019.03.12 | Department of Physics, Staff, Public / media, Students

First (nice) Light from Delphini-1

After quite some effort and a lot of sleepless nights (literally, as Delphini-1 passes over Aarhus during the night at the moment) we finally took, at least for us, the most beautiful pictures.

Kristian Knakkergaard Nielsen. Private photo

2019.03.07 | Department of Physics, Staff, Public / media, Students

Kristian Knakkergaard Nielsen receives travel stipend

One of 20 EliteForsk travel stipends go to Ph.d. from IFA

ESS from the air. Particles will be accelrated along the building upwards towards the right. Photo: Perry Nordeng.

2019.03.07 | Department of Physics, Public / media, Staff, Students

ESS - the most effect efficient accelerator in the World

The recent copy of Aktuel Naturvidenskab brings a paper by IFA and ISA researchers Søren Pape Møller and Heine Dølrath Thomsen on progress, problems and solutions

Testing the radio link between Delphini-1 (in the box) and the AU control station from Jelshøj South of Aarhus. Photo: SAC/AU.

2019.02.28 | Department of Physics, Staff, Students, Public / media

Get an overview of the Delphini-1 satellite project from Aktuel Naturvidenskab

The first AU satellite gets a prominent exposure in the recent copy.

Orion Nebula with the SkyCam-2 telescope at SONG, Tenerife. Image: Mads Fredslund Andersen/SONG/AU

2019.02.21 | Department of Physics, Students, Public / media, Staff

Beautiful result of the IFA Ideas 2015 competition

Mads Fredslund Andersen, Steallar Astrophysics Centre and in charge of the SONG-telescope onTenerife won the competition, and presents one of the fine results.

One of the trusty tools for doing air samples is a rebuilt vaccuum cleaner; here mounted on the inland ice of Greenland. Tina Šantl-Temkiv is checking the equipment. Photo: David Babb.

2019.02.19 | Department of Physics, Staff, Public / media, Students

PI-ICE - chasing bioaerosols in Antarctica

Sea foam is not only water and salt

Colliding exoplanets around Kepler-107 Sun-like star. Illustration: Zoe M. Leinhardt and Thomas Denman, University of Bristol.

2019.02.04 | Department of Physics, Staff, Public / media, Students

Enormous planetary collision may explain weird twin exoplanets

Two of the exoplanets orbiting the star Kepler-107 are twins of size but they are by far of the same mass. Astronomers explain this as a result of a violent collision between two almost similar exoplanets in the far past. New paper in Nature Astronomy Letters of 4. February 2019.

[Translate to English:] Carlsbergfondets bomærke

2019.02.04 | Department of Physics, Students, Public / media, Staff

Two out of 13 to receive new grants from Carlsbergfondet are from IFA

It is Thomas Pohl and Jeffrey Hangst, who are both to receive one of the prestigious "Semper Ardens" grants.

Delphini-1 shortly after being deployed from the ISS.  Photo: NASA and NanoRacks.

2019.02.04 | Department of Physics, Public / media, Staff, Students

Delphini-1 is on it's own in space - but still no contact

Thanks to the many that attended at Auditorium E last Thursday. We have not yet heard from the satellite, but we are still optimists.

2019.02.04 | Department of Physics, Staff, Public / media

New postdoc - Miguel Bastarrachea

Miguel Bastarrachea is a new postdoc in the group of Georg Bruun, and he joined the group 1 February 2019.

The dICD double ionization mechanism as imagined by the research group. Ill. M. Mudrich/IFA.

2019.01.28 | Department of Physics, Staff, Public / media, Students

2 for the price of 1: how double ionization becomes an efficient process

Recent paper in Nature Physics reveals the trick. IFA's Marcel Mudrich and ph.d. Mykola Shcherbinin are co-authors.

2019.01.22 | Department of Physics, Public / media

New postdoc - Miroslav Gajdacz

Miroslav Gajdacz has joined the team of Science at Home in the group of Jacob Sherson since January 2019.

The ISOLDE beamline that supplies the Miniball array. The first HIE-ISOLDE cryomodule can be seen in the background, in its light-grey cryostat.

2019.01.18 | Department of Physics, Staff, Students, Public / media

ISOLDE at CERN and IFA's Karsten Riisager are starring in a fine paper in Ingeniøren 18 January 2019

A well written and thorough presentation of the recent discoveries, a.o. of the double-magic nucleus Sn-132 and of the long term involvement of Danish researchers at the ISOLDE detector at CERN.

Associate professor Christoffer Karoff, Geoscience to lead the AU part of the ESA BIC initiative. Private photo.

2019.01.15 | Department of Physics, Students, Public / media, Staff

Science and Technology to educate space entrepeneurs of the future

S&T is joining a cross disciplinary Space Entrepreneurship Program in collaboration with ESA, The European Space Agency, assuring that our students can participate in subjects within both space technology and entrepeneurship.

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