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Swiss Nanoscience Institute

The Swiss Nanoscience Institute (SNI) is a Center of Excellence in Nanoscale Sciences and Nanotechnologie. It was founded in 2006 by the University of Basel and the Swiss Canton Aargau and consists of a network of different research institutions in Northwestern Switzerland. At the SNI, interdisciplinary teams work on basic research topics in different areas of nanoscale sciences. Applied research projects build bridges between basic research and applications in industry and are combined in the Nano-Argovia Program of the SNI. Under the umbrella of the SNI, the University of Basel offers a Bachelor and Master Study Program and initiated a PhD Program in Nanosciences. Knowledge and technology transfer into industry as well as active information of the public are important pillars of the SNI activities.

News from the Swiss Nanoscience Institute


Cooling With the Coldest Matter in the World

Physicists at the University of Basel have developed a new cooling technique for mechanical quantum systems. Using an ultracold atomic gas, the vibrations of a membrane were cooled down to less than 1 degree above absolute zero. This technique may enable novel studies of quantum physics and precision measurement devices, as the researchers report in the journal Nature Nanotechnology.


Professor Patrick Maletinsky receives SNSF Starting Grant

Four scientists from the University of Basel have successfully applied for a Starting Grant of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). This spring, the SNSF has implemented these starting grants as replacement for grants from the European Research Council (ERC). Prof. Marek Basel and Prof. Kelly   more...


“Foreign Policy” selects Ed Constable to the top 100 Leading Global Thinkers 2014

The US magazine Foreign Policy has selected Prof. Ed Constable, chemist and Vice Rector for Research of the University of Basel, as one of the 100 leading Global Thinkers of 2014.


A great start – the first Annual Event of the SNI

From September 11th to 12th, the first Annual Event of the Swiss Nanoscience Institute was held at Lenzerheide. During seventeen scientific presentations and the postersession, the 75 participants got a good insight into the diverse and highly topical research at the SNI. Furthermore, the meeting offered an excellent occasion to exchange ideas and thoughts with colleagues from various disciplines and different SNI network partners.


Best Nano Image Award

Congratulations to the winners of the Best Nano Image Award 2014 and many thanks to all for your beautiful contributions to this year's contest.


Manipulation of the nuclear spin ensemble in a quantum dot with chirped magnetic resonance pulses

The nuclear spins in nanostructured semiconductors play a central role in quantum applications1, 2, 3, 4. The nuclear spins represent a useful resource for generating local magnetic5 fields but nuclear spin noise represents a major source of dephasing for spin qubits2, 3. Controlling the nuclear spins   more...

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Symposium in memoriam Professor Hans-Joachim Güntherodt
27th November, 2014
Grosser Hörsaal Department of Physics, St. Johanns-Ring 25, 4056 Basel



Recent publications

Sympathetic cooling of a membrane oscillator in a hybrid mechanical-atomic system
Andreas Jöckel, Aline Faber, Tobias Kampschulte, Maria Korppi, Matthew T. Rakher, and Philipp Treutlein
Nature Nanotechnology, advance online publication (2014) | doi: 10.1038/nnano.2014.278
Sympathetic cooling with ultracold atoms and atomic ions enables ultralow temperatures in systems where direct laser or evaporative cooling is not possible. It has so far been limited to the cooling o
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Strain coupling of a nitrogen-vacancy center spin to a diamond mechanical oscillator
J. Teissier, A. Barfuss, P. Appel, E. Neu, and P. Maletinsky
Physical Review Letters
We report on single electronic spins coupled to the motion of mechanical resonators by a novel mechanism based on crystal strain. Our device consists of single-crystalline diamond cantilevers with emb
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