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  • Neupert 12/21

    Charge order and superconductivity in kagome materials

    Researchers from the group of Titus Neupert publish in Nature Physics.

  • Videos

    Two videos about activities at our department

    Watch out: Physics Department @ RSI, Sunday, January 22, 6pm

  • LHCb RK

    RAI SuperQuark: Italian TV report on recent LHCb results

    Italian TV report on the Flavour Anomalies measured at LHCb, featuring Nico Serra and Gino Isidori

  • Dark Matter

    Leading Xenon Researchers unite to build next-generation Dark Matter Detector

    Hundreds of global researchers, including University of Zurich, are planning the most sensitive dark matter detector ever built.

  • Diffraction Patterns

    New sputtering system with in situ Reflective High Energy Electron Diffraction

    This new system used by the group of Marta Gibert allows to track the growth of complex oxide thin films with atomic precision  in real time.

  • Machine Learning

    Machine Learning kompakt

    Getting Started with Machine Learning - a book by Titus Neupert et al. The book is aimed at students of all sciences and can be downloaded for free (from UZH)

  • LNGS Untergrundlabor

    GERDA Result: neutrinoless double beta decay

    The lower limit for the half-life of the neutrinoless double beta decay (0νββ) of 76Ge is 1.8 × 1026 years, according to the final result of the GERDA experiment at the LNGS underground laboratory in Italy.

  • Hexagonal boron nitride

    High-quality hexagonal boron nitride from 2D distillation

    Hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) is the key packaging material in two-dimensional (2D) materials field, though synthesis of high-quality h-BN has remained a major challenge. Cun at al. reported a new scheme to fabricate single layer h-BN

  • Cristina Botta

    CMS Award for Cristina Botta

    Cristina Botta was awarded for her outstanding contributions in developing and coordinating the physics trigger menu for the CMS Level-1 Phase-2 Trigger upgrade (more)

  • WannierBerri


    The Python code WannierBerri developed by Stepan Tsirkin breaks the records of speed in evaluation of anomalous transport in solids.

  • WannierBerri


    The DAMIC experiment has uncovered an interesting excess of events while searching for dark matter. The probability that the background produced the excess is less than one in a thousand.

  • LHCb RK

    Recent Results from LHCb Challenge Leading Theory in Physics

    The LHCb collaboration has just released new intriguing results. The latest measurements strengthen hints for a deviation with respect to the theoretical expectations.

  • ScienceCloud

    ERC grant: TOPUP - Theory of Particle Collider Processes at Ultimate Precision

    Professor Thomas Gehrmann receives an ERC Advanced Grant to develop new methods for precision calculations in particle physics.

  • Topological band structures

    Theorists discover new paradigm of topological band structures

    In their recent work members of the group Neupert extend the paradigm of topological insulators to areas which were previously thought to contain only trivial insulators.

  • Kenny Choo

    Kenny Choo obtains SPS Thesis Award

    For his PhD work on Neural Network Quantum States, Kenny Choo from the Condensed Matter Theory Group obtained the 2021 PhD Thesis Award from the Swiss Physical Society in the category Computational Physics.

  • Black Hole Neutron Star Merger

    First discovery of a neutron star colliding with a black hole

    For the first time, gravitational-wave astronomers of the LIGO collaboration - including  Maria Haney und Shubhanshu Tiwari from the group of Philippe Jetzer - have confirmed the detection of a collision between a black hole and a neutron star.

  • Laura Baudis

    Making the invisible visible

    Astroparticle physicist Laura Baudis searches for hidden matter
    SCNAT portrays Laura Baudis in the series Women Scientists in Former Male Domains.


  • Drell Yan

    Theory meets Experiment: Ultimate precision for the Drell-Yan process

    Theoretical particle physicists of the group of Massimiliano Grazzini have completed the first computation of strong-electroweak corrections to the Drell-Yan process.

  • Gravitationswellen Exponat

    Gravitational wave exhibit in focus Terra ETH

  • Roland Engfer

    In memoriam Roland Engfer, December 5, 1934 - October 18, 2021

  • Ambizione

    Two new Ambizione Fellows

    Congratulations: Luca Rottoli (group Grazzini) and Shubhanshu Tiwari  (group Jetzer) receive a SNF Ambizione grant for the next four years!

  • CMS Pixel

    Re-Installation of the CMS Pixel Detector

    After more than two years of maintenance and upgrade during the LHC shutdown, the pixel detector in the center of the CMS detector was re-installed.

  • Topological INsulators

    Exceptional Topological Insulators

    Researchers from the group Neupert propose the non-Hermitian analogue of three-dimensional topological insulators.

  • Florencia Canelli

    Florencia Canelli - new CMS Physics Coordinator

    Congratulations to Florencia Canelli who started her job as CMS Physics Coordinator September 1st!

  • Strain cell

    New strain cell for neutron and x-ray scattering

    A collaboration between the groups of Profs. Chang and Janoschek and the PSI, has developed a novel strain cell that can be combined with high-resolution synchrotron diffraction techniques allowing to change the strain of a quantum material in-situ while directly observing the lattice symmetry.

  • Illustration

    Fast spectroscopic mapping of two-dimensional quantum materials

    New publication by the group of Fabian Natterer in Phys. Rev.

  • Black Holes

    Gravitational-Wave Catalog

    Black holes of ‘all shapes and sizes’ in new gravitational-wave catalog

  • Vera Wu

    Dectris Prize 2021 - Vera Hiu-Sze Wu

    Congratulations to Vera Hiu-Sze Wu, the winner of the DECTRIS Experimental Physics Prize! The Prize is given to an excellent Master's thesis in experimental physics at our institute.

  • Open Day

    Open Day 2021, November 26

    Members of the Physics Department presented 40 posters with current research directions and ideas for future experiments and lead through the mechanical workshop and the research laboratories.