Article in DER STANDARD, 09-Oct-2020 on Professor Rastellis recent Nature Nanotechnology publication "Nuclear spin quantum register in an optically active semiconductor quantum dot" (Evgeny A. Chekhovich, Saimon Covre da Silva, Armando Rastelli)
Dancing Water (Leon Kainz)
@ Ars Electronica 2020 - In Kepler's Gardens
Based on a simple physical principle that uses water to generate electrostatic charges, the charged water droplets dance and move fluidly around copper rods, reacting to nearby objects. The charged water makes metal flowers bloom and interact, generating long flashes of light at times.
The underlying physical phenomenon for this exhibition is referred to as ‘Influence’ and identical charge-carriers repel each other while opposite ones attract each other. The energy from the falling water droplets is converted into electrostatic charges. There is no need for any electronics and or hidden energy sources; just electricity for the water pump.
Exhibit Manager: Leon Kainz, Institute of Semiconductor and Solid State Physics & Soft Matter Physics Division
Prize for movie "Cats, Rats & Lovebirds"
At the virtual festival "29. Internationale Wirtschaftsfilmtage 2020", the movie "Cats, Rats and Lovebirds", written by Moritz Brehm and Martyna Grydlik, won the Silver Cup of the "Grand Prix Victoria" in the category "Technology, Research and Development" in June 2020.
This booklet, written by Professor Rastelli and graphically designed by his wife Nathalie, is designed for school pupils as well as interested adults, and is trying to explain in easy words the "strange world of artificial atoms". Its aim is to give a playful first insight into the exciting field of quantum physics, including many easy experiments and explanations referring to the everyday world around us.
It is actually based on the EC-project HANAS (Hybrid Artificial and Natural Atomic Systems, 2013-2016).
You can downlad the booklet here.
Video on EC project HANAS
The project Hybrid Artificial and Natural Atomic Systems (HANAS, 2013-2016), funded by the European Union within the FP7 program, brings together complementary expertise from research groups at the Technical University Delft, Johannes Kepler University Linz, the Institute of Solid State and Materials Research Dresden, CEA Grenoble, and Max-Planck-Intitute for Quantum Optics Munich. We have poduced a video, describing the research goals of the project.