Physics is the study of science that deals with matter, energy, motion, and force through time and space. 
Physics in nanotechnology embodies segments such as quantum computing, laser technology, photonics as some examples.

  • Der Quanten-Strom im Graphen

    Wenn der Strom in Portionen fließt: Berechnungen der TU Wien liefern Erkenntnisse über die Quanten-Eigenschaften des Kohlenstoff-Materials Graphen.

  • Describing the Behaviour of Electrons Under Extreme Conditions for the First Time

    In nature, the hot, dense matter of electron gas occurs inside planets, such as here in Jupiter. Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gabriel Fiset

    Electrons are an elementary component of our world: they surround the core of all atoms, are essential to the formation of molecules, and primarily determine the properties of solids and liquids. They are also the charge carriers of electrical current, without which our high-tech environment with smartphones, computers and even the traditional light bulb would not be conceivable. In spite of their omnipresence in everyday life, we have not yet been able to accurately describe the behaviour of interacting electrons - only approximate it in models - especially at extreme temperatures and densities, such as inside planets or in stars.

  • Designing Nanocrystals for More Efficient Optoelectronics

    The luminescent atoms in the image show a nanocrystal which is characterized with atomistic resolution, including its interface chemistry. experimental and theoretical approaches. Published with permission by Nature Publishing Group. Copyright: Peter Allen


    New artificial materials for semiconductors used in solar cells or photoelectrochemical cells that are designed from scratch with totally new and tailored properties: this is the latest research topic of Stefan Wippermann, head of the group “Atomistic Modelling“ at the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung), and his team. They characterized for the first time with atomic resolution a typical material system and are able to set design principles.

  • Detailreiche Bilder eines planetaren Embryos zeigen Turboversion der Planetenentstehung

    Beobachtungen mit dem Radioteleskop VLA in New Mexico zeigen die inneren Partien der Planeten-Geburtsstätte rund um den jungen Stern HL Tauri so detailreich wie nie zuvor. Deutlich sichtbar ist dabei ein riesiger Staubklumpen mit dem drei- bis achtfachen der Erdmasse, der ideale Bedingungen für die Entstehung eines Planeten bietet. Die Masse des neuen Planeten dürfte zwischen jener der Erde und jener des Neptun liegen. Das Vorhandensein des Klumpens zeigt eine Lösung für ein grundlegendes Problem der Planetenentstehung auf: wie Planeten innerhalb der relativ kurzen Zeit entstehen können, die für ihr Wachstum zur Verfügung steht.

  • Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft awards Technology Transfer Prize to Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

    The DGP awards the Technology Transfer Prize 2017/2018 jointly to  Nanoscribe GmbH, as well as the Institute for Nanotechnology and Innovation and Relation Management of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). © DPG 2016

    The DPG Technology Transfer Prize 2017/2018 will be awarded jointly to Nanoscribe GmbH, Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, and the Institute for Nanotechnology and Innovation and Relation Management at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The three institutions received the award for the outstanding transfer of scientific findings in the field of 3D laser lithography into commercial exploitation - in particular for the fabrication of micro- and nanostructures.

  • Devarnishing by electron beam

    The Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP will be exhibiting its electron beam technology as an alternative beam tool for devarnishing at the parts2clean trade show in Stuttgart, from May 31st to June 2nd, 2016 at the joint booth of the Fraunhofer Cleaning Technology Alliance, Hall 7, Booth B41.

  • Developing Reliable Quantum Computers

    Illustration: Quantum Optics and Statistics, University of Freiburg

    International research team makes important step on the path to solving certification problems. Quantum computers may one day solve algorithmic problems which even the biggest supercomputers today can’t manage. But how do you test a quantum computer to ensure it is working reliably? Depending on the algorithmic task, this could be an easy or a very difficult certification problem.

  • Development and Fast Analysis of 3D Printed HF Components

    Fraunhofer FHR’s high frequency scanner SAMMI® analyses the quality of 3D printed high frequency structures. Fraunhofer FHR

    3D printing is becoming increasingly important for the development of modern high frequency systems as it opens up new design possibilities. Fraunhofer FHR is exploring these possibilities for its customers and partners: from designing new HF components to testing these components. Engineers are inspecting the quality of components manufactured using additive processes with their high frequency transmitted light imaging system SAMMI®, e.g. to verify the correct density gradients of the material. As a member of the Forschungsfabrik Mikroelektronik Deutschland, they will present this system at the Hannover Messe in hall 2, booth C22, from April 23 to 27, 2018.

  • DFG Funding: An Atom Trap for Water Dating

    Atom trap wherein 39Ar atoms are captured and detected. Florian Freundt, Institute of Environmental Physics, Heidelberg University

    A Heidelberg physics project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) will focus on a new type of dating method for use in the earth and environmental sciences. The research team will deploy a special radioactive isotope of the noble gas argon (Ar) for the purpose of water dating. This isotope is useful for determining age in the range of 50 to 1,000 years. Prof. Dr Markus Oberthaler of the Kirchhoff Institute for Physics and Prof. Dr Werner Aeschbach of the Institute of Environmental Physics of Heidelberg University will direct the three-year project.

  • Diamond Friction: Simulation Reveals Previously Unknown Friction Mechanisms at the Molecular Level

    Passivation of water-lubricated diamond surfaces by aromatic Pandey surface reconstruction (orange). Image: © Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM

    Diamond coatings help reduce friction and wear on tools, bearings, and seals. Lubricating diamond with water considerably lowers friction. The reasons for this are not yet fully understood. The Fraunhofer Institute for Material Mechanics IWM in Freiburg and the Physics Institute at the University of Freiburg have discovered a new explanation for the friction behavior of diamond surfaces under the influence of water. One major finding: in addition to the known role played by passivation of the surfaces via water-splitting, an aromatic passivation via Pandey reconstruction can occur. The results have been published in the journal Physical Review Letters.

  • Diamond Lenses and Space Lasers at Photonics West

    Image 1: This laser cutting head with diamond optics features built-in water cooling and shielding gas supply; diamond lenses reduce its weight by 90%. © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    San Francisco's Photonics West, the world's premier optics and photonics trade fair, aims to bring together science and industry once again in 2018. Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT will be putting on an effective demonstration of how to converge the two. The Aachen-based company's booth in the German Pavilion is primed to showcase cutting-edge technology, such as a 90% lighter laser cutting head and a laser platform for space applications. Photonics experts from around the world will make their annual pilgrimage to San Francisco in late January.

  • Diamond Watch Components

    An anchor for a watch component made of single-crystal synthetic diamond. Schweizerischer Nationalfonds SNF

    SNSF-funded researchers have developed a new technique for carving materials to create micromechanical systems. In particular, they have created a miniscule watch component out of synthetic single-crystal diamond.

  • Die extrem breite IR-Absorptionsbande des Wassers

    Die extrem breite IR Absorptionsbande des Wassers picture 1 | Abb. 1: Die Hydratisierung von Protonen geht weit über das typische Textbuchbeispiel des Hydroniums (H₃O⁺) hinaus.

    Die Ursache der extrem breiten Infrarotabsorption von Protonen in wässriger Umgebung wird seit langem kontrovers diskutiert. Ein Forscherteam des Max-Born-Instituts in Berlin und der Ben Gurion Universität des Negev in Beer-Sheva zeigt jetzt am Beispiel des Zundel-Kations (H₂O...H⁺...OH₂) H₅O₂⁺, dass die umgebende Flüssigkeit fluktuierende elektrische Kräfte auf das Proton ausübt und damit seine Schwingungsbewegung zwischen den beiden Wassermolekülen moduliert. Dieser Mechanismus ruft zusammen mit niederfrequenten thermischen Bewegungen die extreme Verbreiterung des Infrarotspektrums hervor.

  • Die Quantenschaukel - ein Pendel das gleichzeitig vor und zurück schwingt

    Ultrakurze Terahertz-Impulse regen Zwei-Quanten-Oszillationen von Atomen in einem Halbleiterkristall an. Die von den bewegten Atomen abgestrahlten Terahertz-Wellen werden mittels einer neuen zeitaufgelösten Technik analysiert und zeigen den nicht-klassischen Charakter der Atombewegungen von großer Amplitude.

  • Die Vermessung der Chemie: Wasserstoffbrücken-Bindungen experimentell erfasst

    Ein Team aus dem Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin konnte nun erstmals messen, wie neue Verbindungen zwischen Molekülen diese beeinflussen: Sie haben aus Messdaten an der Swiss Lightsource des Paul-Scherrer-Instituts die „Energielandschaft“ von Azeton-Molekülen rekonstruiert und so experimentell den Aufbau von Wasserstoffbrücken zwischen Azeton- und Chloroform-Molekülen nachgewiesen. Die Ergebnisse sind in Nature Scientific Reports veröffentlicht und helfen, grundlegende Phänomene der Chemie zu verstehen.

  • Direct Coupling of the Higgs Boson to the Top Quark Observed

    CMS detector in a cavern 100 m underground at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. CERN

    An observation made by the CMS experiment at CERN unambiguously demonstrates the interaction of the Higgs boson and top quarks, which are the heaviest known subatomic particles. This major milestone is an important step forward in our understanding of the origins of mass. Physicists at the University of Zurich made central contributions by incorporating sophisticated data analysis methods that allowed this benchmark to be reached much earlier than expected.

  • Directly-cooled Electric Motor Made from Polymer Materials

    Sectional view of the electric motor. © Fraunhofer ICT

    Making electric cars lighter also involves reducing the weight of the motor. One way to do that is by constructing it from fiber-reinforced polymer materials. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT are working together with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT to develop a new cooling concept that will enable polymers to be used as motor housing materials. And that’s not the only advantage of the new cooling concept: it also significantly increases the power density and efficiency of the motor compared to the state of the art.

  • DNA Origami: Building Virus-sized Structures and Saving Costs Through Mass Production

    Self-organization forms „gear-wheels“ from V-shaped building blocks, constructed using DNA origami techniques. In a next step, these gears form tubes with a size comparable with virus capsids. Hendrik Dietz / TUM

    It is the double strands of our genes that make them so strong. Using a technique known as DNA origami, biophysicist Hendrik Dietz has been building nanometer-scale objects for several years at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). Now Dietz and his team have not only broken out of the nanometer realm to build larger objects, but have also cut the production costs a thousand-fold. These innovations open a whole new frontier for the technology.

  • Dresdner scientists print tomorrow’s world

    Printed thermoelectric module with flexible geometry Fraunhofer IWS Dresden

    The Fraunhofer IWS Dresden and Technische Universität Dresden inaugurated their jointly operated Center for Additive Manufacturing Dresden (AMCD) with a festive ceremony on February 7, 2017. Scientists from various disciplines perform research on materials, additive manufacturing processes and innovative technologies, which build up components in a layer by layer process. This technology opens up new horizons for component design and combinations of functions. For example during fabrication, electrical conductors and sensors are already able to be additively manufactured into components. They provide information about stress conditions of a product during operation.

  • Dünnschicht-Solarzellen: Wie Defekte in CIGSe-Zellen entstehen und verschwinden

    Kupferanteil spielt entscheidende Rolle

    Eine internationale Kollaboration aus deutschen, israelischen und britischen Teams hat die Abscheidung von einzelnen Chalkopyrit-Dünnschichten untersucht. An der Röntgenquelle BESSY II des Helmholtz-Zentrums Berlin konnten sie beobachten, wann sich während der Deposition bestimmte Defekte bilden und unter welchen Umständen sie ausheilen. Die Ergebnisse geben Hinweise für die Optimierung der Herstellungsprozesse und sind nun in „Energy & Environmental Science“ publiziert.