On Thursday Dez. 14th time has come again: The Christmas lecture of the Physics department takes place entitled “Schrödinger’s cat – a journey into qunatum physics”. Professor Dr. Florian Marquardt guides you into a mysterious criminal case. Alice and Bob have to disclose the...

Physicists at the Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), the University of Hamburg and the research facility DESY have succeeded for the first time in revealing tiny structures using an imaging method that relies on the usual diffraction of light, but which does not require the scattered light to be coherent. With conventional imaging methods using the diffraction of coherent light, scientists have to go to considerable lengths to ensure the coherence of the radiation, i.e. the electromagnetic waves must remain in phase during the scattering process. The new method uses incoherent light instead. The process, which has now been demonstrated for the first time using soft X-ray radiation, stands to revolutionise the methods of diffractive optics and has been published in the journal Nature Physics.

Speziell für Schülerinnen, Schüler und interessierte Laien ist die Vortragsreihe gedacht. An vier Samstagen bietet das Department Physik der Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg Einblicke in moderne Forschungsthemen auf einem allgemeinverständlichen Niveau.

Assembling electronic building blocks from single molecules is a main objective in nanotechnology. An interdisciplinary research group at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) has made a major step towards this goal. The groups of Prof. Dr. Sabine Maier, Prof. Dr. Milan Kivala und Prof. Dr. Andreas Görling have suceeded in assembling and investigating wires and networks from newly developed single molecules as building blocks. These could form the basis for future opto-electronic devices like flexible screens or sensors. Their work has been published in „Nature Communications“.

The Autumn Academy is intended to introduce BSc and MSc students to the fast moving field of optical science including topics such as quantum information processing, metamaterials, nano-optics, photonic crystal fibres, nonlinear optics, imaging and sensing.