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Easing the Monte Carlo sign problem

Quantum physicists at the Freien Universität and the Helmholtz-Zentrum (HZB) developed a method to calculate quantum materials more quickly. The mathematical tool is a feasible and promising means to reduce the sign problem of the quantum Monte Carlo method.

Aug 17, 2020

Strongest Coupling of Light and Matter by Synthetic Gold Crystals

Research teams led by physics professor Stephanie Reich of Freie Universität Berlin showed that crystals of tiny gold spheres bind light. The new material shows the strongest coupling to light reported so far. In future, it can be used for computers that operate with light. The findings of the research were published in the most recent issue of Nature .

Jul 30, 2020

Physics student Miad Mansouri awarded DAAD prize

Miad Mansouri, a physics student at Freie Universität Berlin, has been awarded one of this year's DAAD prizes for outstanding foreign students at German universities.

Jul 17, 2020

Physics Study Award 2020 for graduates Daniel Vajner and Paul Fährmann

Our graduates Daniel Vajner and Paul Fährmann received the Physics Study Award of the Physical Society of Berlin for their outstanding master's projects.

Jul 10, 2020

Professor Cecilia Clementi starts her work at Freie Universität

Professor Cecilia Clementi, an expert in the field of computer simulation of biomolecules, has started her research and teaching work at the Department of Physics in June 2020. The renowned physicist moved from William Marsh Rice University in the U.S. to the Freie Universität Berlin with funding from the Einstein Foundation Berlin.

Jun 05, 2020

Quantum Certification and Benchmarking

Scientists from the Dahlem Center for Complex Quantum Systems of Freie Universität Berlin and the Sorbonne Paris developed a framework for certification and benchmarking of quantum technologies. They published a brief overview of the existing characterization methods of certification and benchmarking in the journal  Nature Reviews Physics. 

Jun 03, 2020

How is a nerve impulse generated?

Biophysicists resolve light-induced structural changes of a sodium pump at highest temporal and spatial precision. In collaboration with colleagues from Switzerland and Israel, scientists of the Collaborative Research Center "Protonation Dynamics in Protein Function" (SFB 1078) have succeeded in recording a sodium pump during its action.

May 22, 2020

Phage capsid against influenza: perfectly fitting inhibitor prevents viral infection

Biophysicists from Freie Universität participate in groundbreaking influenza research.  A new approach brings the hope of new therapeutic options for suppressing seasonal influenza and avian flu: On the basis of an empty – and therefore non-infectious – shell of a phage virus, researchers from Berlin have developed a chemically modified phage capsid that “stifles” influenza viruses. 

Mar 31, 2020

Phase Protection of Fano-Feshbach Resonances

The research team led by Professor Christiane Koch has shown by means of basic quantum mechanical concepts that an interference effect can dominate the decay process of quantum states.

Feb 24, 2020

Hydrogen as a Climate-neutral Fuel

A team of researchers from Freie Universität Berlin, the University of Bochum, and the University of Linz has succeeded in observing the transfer of protons in a hydrogenase reaction.

Dec 13, 2019

Continuous-variable tomography of solitary electrons

An international team of theoretical physicists with Professor Piet Brouwer from Freie Universität Berlin demonstrated how individual, electronic excitations can be used in the development of quantum information technologies.

Nov 29, 2019

Thermal Machines in the Quantum World

A new  research unit headed by Freie Universität is dedicated to quantum thermodynamics and aims at realizing and exploring thermal machines in the quantum world .

Oct 25, 2019

Photoswitchable Nanotubes

Photoswitchable nanotubes work well as optical molecular switches and storage elements. Within an international team of nanoscientists, the research group of Professor Stephanie Reich has investigated functionalized, single-walled carbon nanotubes.

Sep 30, 2019

Artificial Intelligence for Physics Research

Scientists at Freie Universität Berlin develop a deep learning method to solve a fundamental problem in statistical physics

Sep 10, 2019

Federal Ministry supports physicists creating a „time machine for materials science” at BESSY II

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Kuch heads the projects together with two physicists from Martin-Luther-Universität Halle and TU Munich. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research has granted the project around two million euros.

Sep 01, 2019

A Quantum Hologram

Theoretical physicists from Jens Eisert's research group developed a new approach that helps us better understand the existence of dualities between quantum physics and gravity.

Aug 13, 2019

Biophysicists have demonstrated structural changes of a photosynthetic protein in four dimensions

A recent Nature Communications publication of several Collaborative Research Centre "Protonation Dynamics in Protein Function" (SFB 1078) projects sheds light into how light energy is converted into a change in protein structure. 

Aug 01, 2019

Our learning space, the “Library without Books” offered a stage to the Federal Minister Peter Altmaier for his dialogue with academic entrepreneurs.

Peter Altmaier, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, chose our "Library without Books" for his dialogue event at the Freie Universität Berlin. On June 13, 2019, he spoke with young entrepreneurs about technical innovations, digital business, and funding opportunities for new start-ups.

Jun 13, 2019

Single molecules under the nano-lens

Scanning tunneling microscopy allows for deep insights into how chemical bonds of a molecule are broken or formed. Professor Katharina Franke and her colleagues have a really close look at chemical reactions of individual molecules on surfaces.

May 30, 2019

Award for Klaus Möbius

Professor of Physics Klaus Möbius receives a prestigious Russian award for outstanding scientific achievements in the field of chemical and biochemical physics.

Apr 29, 2019