Stories about Physics
Meet the skyrmions: exotic quasiparticles could revolutionise computing
Unique physical properties of these “magic knots” might help to satisfy demand for IT power and storage using a fraction of the energy
Stealing from the sun: doubling the efficiency of solar energy capture
The dream of highly efficient solar conversion to meet the world's growing energy demands is a step closer
How do these FET experts see the future?
“Microscopic Lego” for scientists to develop materials of tomorrow
Journey to the limits of nature: the rise of quantum computers
Our computers, even the fastest ones, seem today unable to withstand the needs of the enormous quantity of data in our technological society. That’s why scientists are working on computers using quantum physics, so much faster and powerful than conventional ones
Research projects about Physics
The HYSCORE project targets the development of long-distance networks based on the laws of quantum physics. The idea it to exploit a particular effect, known as quantum entanglement, to allow information exchange through particles far away from each other. These technologies are key steps towards the creation of the quantum internet, which is expected to open-up completely new communication frontiers.
The QuProCS project focuses on the development of new techniques to simulate the behaviour of quantum systems. Such simulation techniques, also based on the laws of quantum physics, aim at probing the studied systems in a less invasive way than current approaches. In fact, present-day strategies distort the properties of the investigated systems, hence affecting the results of the measurements.The ultimate goal is to help disclose the quantum properties of Nature and contribute to the development of quantum technologies.
The goal of the ARTIMATTER project is to create new materials by exploiting the properties of graphene. The idea is to stack graphene on top of comparably thin layers of different atoms. Such combinations of grapheme with other atom-scale layers of matter will modify the properties of the latters, giving birth to new types of materials. This investigation line is expected to significantly innovate materials science.
The FEAT project aims at investigating how science and art can inspire each other. Six leading artists are hosted within FET research projects and develop artworks based on the scientists’ activity. They also engage the public on the relationship between art and science at social events such as workshops and exhibitions. FEAT’s ultimate goal is to use an artistic reinterpretation of modern research areas to bring citizens closer to the current frontiers of science.