July 1 - 31, 2020 · AMOLF · Cancellation Public Colloquia July

All AMOLF Public Colloquia in July are cancelled as precautionary measure against the spread of coronavirus

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Using the tools of physics and design principles, AMOLF researchers study complex matter, such as light at the nanoscale, living matter, designer matter and nanoscale solar cells. These insights open up opportunities to create new functional materials and to find solutions to societal challenges.

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  • Solar cell material performs better under pressure

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  • Perovskiet presteert beter onder druk

    Perovskiet, een veelbelovend materiaal voor zonnecellen, kun je veel stabieler en daarmee efficiënter maken door slechts één ion te vervangen. Onderzoekers van AMOLF lieten op onverwachte wijze zien hoe dat …

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  • Cum laude for Federica Burla

    On Friday, June 19th Federica Burla defended her PhD thesis Tailoring Extracellular Matrix Mechanics online at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. Burla obtained the cum  laude degree for her doctorate research.

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  • Evolutionary conflicts predicted

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Researchers discover new mechanism for the coexistence of species

Researchers from AMOLF  and Harvard University (USA) show how the ability of organisms to move around plays a role in stabilizing ecosystems. In their paper published 19 February 2020 in Nature, they describe how the competition between ‘movers’ and ‘growers’ leads to a balance in which both types of bacteria can continue to exist alongside each other.

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Vibrations on a chip feel a magnetic field
Using light to couple the strings of a nanoscopic guitar

AMOLF physicists have made mechanical vibrations on a chip behave as if they were electrical currents flowing in a magnetic field. Because of their charge, electrons are influenced by magnetic fields, which curve their trajectories. Sound waves or more precisely the propagating mechanical vibrations don’t feel a magnetic field, because they don’t carry charge. By illuminating strings with laser light the researchers have found a way to make mechanical vibrations hop from one nanoscale string to another. Thus, these vibrations behave like electrons in a magnetic field. This unlocks new ways to manipulate sound waves and the information they can carry on chips.

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AMOLF NEWS July 2020


In dit nummer (Dutch only):

  • Interview met Pieter Rein ten Wolde over zijn ERC Advanced Grant
  • Creatieve wetenschap volgens Said Rodriguez
  • Physicaprijs voor Martin van Hecke
  • Highlight: Het bijzondere effect van een foutje
  • Highlight: Het evolutionaire nut van mobiliteit


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