In this year end, I want to thank you all for participating and contributing to the MaNEP Switzerland Network. In this issue, you will read about successful projects and research collaborations in the Network. You will also read about the inauguration of the Laboratoire de Technologie Avancée, a new joint venture between the University of Geneva and the HES-SO Genève to support innovation and connect research and industry.

Several members of the Network have been honoured by their peers. I would like especially to congratulate Dirk van der Marel who has been awarded the 2016 Frank Isakson Prize of the American Physical Society for his insightful optical spectroscopy studies of quantum solids.

During the last annual Forum meeting in Geneva, the presidency and treasurer of the steering committee have been renewed for a second two-year term: Alberto Morpurgo – vice-president, Christian Rüegg – treasurer, and the undersigned as president. Many thanks for your trust. I would also like to warmly thank my colleagues of the steering committee and the supporting team in Geneva – Adriana Bonito Aleman, Natacha Triscone, Pascal Cugni and Christophe Schwarz – for their work. Many thanks also to Thierry Giamarchi and Thorsten Schmitt who have accepted to chair the 2016 MaNEP Workshop in Les Diablerets and the 2017 Winter School in Saas Fee programme committees, respectively. Note the next Forum meeting will be during the SWM 2016 in les Diablerets.

This last Forum meeting took place during the M2S Conference in Geneva. Some 700 scientists from 42 countries participated in this event which was a great success. Thank you to Dirk van Der Marel and Manfred Sigrist, both MaNEP Network members, for their perfect organisation.

I look forward to another great year for the MaNEP Network in 2016. Send us your ideas and suggestions. You are also welcome to apply for support for short notice topical meetings and workshops. 

I will be very delighted to meet all of you again during the next SWM Workshop which will take place in Les Diablerets from July 6-8, 2016.

Best wishes for a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Christoph Renner


What's going on in the Network

The International Conference M2S HTSC 2015 : a vibrant week

The International Conference M2S HTSC 2015 : a vibrant week

By Dirk van der Marel and Manfred Sigrist
The International Conference M2S HTSC 2015 took place from Sunday, August 23 until Friday, August 28 in Geneva, Switzerland. The central subject of M2S-2015 was superconductivity : the phenomenon of electrical current flow without any …

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SUPRAquoi ? September 22 to January 9, in Chambéry

Supraquoi ?
until January 9, in Chambéry

After Geneva in 2011 and Neuchâtel in 2013, SUPRA100, the exhibition dedicated to superconductivity created by MaNEP NCCR, UNIGE and the artist Etienne Krähenbühl pursues its way …

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Dirk van der Marel receives
the 2016 Frank Isakson Prize

Professor Dirk van der Marel has been awarded the 2016 Frank Isakson Prize for Optical Effects in Solids “for insightful experiments and analyses on a wide variety of quantum solids with strong electronic correlations in general, and cuprate superconductors in particular …

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MaNEP prizes and awards Read online.

Work in the Network

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Discoveries and Innovations

Connecting strongly correlated superfluids by a quantum point contact

by Thierry Giamarchi, Jean-Philippe Brantut and Tilman Esslinger
Point contacts provide simple connections between macroscopic particle reservoirs. In electric circuits, strong links between metals, semiconductors or superconductors have applications for fundamental condensed-matter physics as well as quantum information processing. Such …

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A new spin graphene

By Alberto Morpurgo
Topological insulators are a new class of materials that are insulating in the bulk but have conducting boundaries (surfaces or edges). Their discovery has been made by analyzing theoretically the influence of spin-orbit interaction on the properties of …

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Fingerprints of pseudogap and charge ordering : a photoemission spectroscopy investigation

By Christian E. Matt, Claudia G. Fatuzzo and Johan Chang
For the past 30 years, high-temperature superconductivity presents itself as one of the most important problems for physicists in the field of condensed matter physics.  Layered copper-oxide compounds, which still hold the ambient pressure record of the maximum achievable transition temperature (Tc) ... 

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In the Spotlight - research & industry

LTA : a new technology platform to reinforce entrerprise's innovation

The Laboratory of Advanced Technology (LTA) is a joint platform of the University of Geneva and the HES-SO Genève designed to reinforce the interactions between academic institutions and industries, essential for the emergence of innovative technologies. The LTA provides small, medium and large companies with original technical solutions, expanding the …

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Who got published ?

Discover MaNEP Network's researches and innovations through some publications highlights published between October 2014 and April 2015. 

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Events - The place to be

SUPRA100, art&science exhibition
September 22, 2015 to January 9 2016, Galerie Eurêka, Chambéry

VUVX2016, International conference on Vacuum Ultraviolet and X-ray Physics
July 3-8, 2016, Zürich

MaNEP Swiss Workshop on quantum materials and electronic devices
July 6-8, 2016, Diablerets

International Symposium on Metal-Hydrogen Systems
August 7-12, 2016, Interlaken

SPS Annual Meeting 2016
August 23-25, 2016, Lugano

Meeting of the European Crystallographic Association
August 28 to September 1, 2016, Basel

(photo credit : L.Windels-UNIGE; J.Erard-UNIGE; Dominik Husmann-ETHZ)