Public Outreach.

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.

Article on ÖAW Webpage, 21.08.2019

This article gives an introduction on Professor Rastellis research on quantum computing in Linz.

KURIER Extra, 08.06.2019

In a special JKU edition of "KURIER" of 8 June 2019, Professor Rastelli talks about the new cleanroom in the Open Innovation Center which will be finished in autumn 2019.
Read the article HERE

Booklet "Nano-Treff"

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.

Here is a link to the Video

Video on Electron-Beam Machine

In 2015, a new electron-beam machine had been purchased and installed in the cleanroom of the institute. We made a Video on YouTube about it.