Science and Technology of Nanosystems (STN)

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The Helmholtz Research Programme STN (Science and Technology of Nanosystems) takes on the challenge of controlling and shaping materials from the atomic and molecular up to the macroscopic scale to explore their entire potential of novel functionalities.

STN is dedicated towards research and development of

Our activities span the entire range from fundamental science to high performance technologies and integrated systems. We closely cooperate with the Karlsruhe Nano Micro Facility (KNMF) as a large-scale user facility for multimaterial nano and micro technologies.

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News

Future mobile network: Small radio cells (orange) are connected by wireless high-speed terahertz links (green). (Figure: IPQ, KIT / Nature Photonics)IPQ, KIT / Nature Photonics
Terahertz Receiver for 6G Wireless Communications

September 08, 2020

Future wireless networks of the 6th generation (6G) will consist of a multitude of small radio cells that need to be connected by broadband communication links. In this context, wireless transmission at THz frequencies represents a particularly attractive and flexible solution. Researchers at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have now developed a novel concept for low-cost terahertz receivers that consist of a single diode in combination with a dedicated signal processing technique. In a proof-of-concept experiment, the team demonstrated transmission at a data rate of 115 Gbit/s and a carrier frequency of 0.3 THz over a distance of 110 meters. The results are reported in Nature Photonics (DOI: 10.1038/s41566-020-0675-0).

Press Release 076/2020
[DE] KIT an neuem SFB/Transregio beteiligt

May 29, 2020

Die Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) richtet zur weiteren Stärkung der Spitzenforschung an den Hochschulen zehn neue Sonderforschungsbereiche (SFB) ein. An einem ist das KIT beteiligt.

Das KIT ist an dem SFB/TRR 288 External Link „Elastisches Tuning und elastische Reaktion elektronischer Quantenphasen der Materie (ELASTO-Q-MAT)“ beteiligt, Sprecherin ist Professorin Maria-Roser Valenti von der Universität Frankfurt/Main, neben dem KIT mit Standortsprecher Professor Jörg Schmalian vom Institut für Theorie der Kondensierten Materie war die Universität Mainz antragstellend. „Ich beglückwünsche die beteiligten Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler zu dieser Würdigung ihres spannenden Forschungskonzepts und freue mich auf die kommenden Ergebnisse ihrer Arbeit“, sagt Professor Oliver Kraft, Vizepräsident des KIT für Forschung.

Der SFB/TRR 288 analysiert neuartige physikalische Phänomene von Festkörpern, die sich aus einer besonders starken Kopplung zwischen den elastischen Eigenschaften des Materials und seinen elektronischen Quantenphasen ergeben. Auf der Basis der gewonnenen Erkenntnisse will der SFB/TRR neue Quantenmaterialien mit außergewöhnlichen Eigenschaften herstellen und das Anwendungspotenzial erforschen. Die neuen SFB werden ab dem 1. Juli 2020 zunächst vier Jahre lang mit insgesamt rund 114 Millionen Euro gefördert.

Source: KIT News
Dominique Givord Award for Advancing Magnetism in Europe awarded to Wolfgang Wernsdorfer

May 14, 2020

The Dominique Givord award goes to Wolfgang Wernsdorfer for advancing the field of single molecule magnets, magnetization tunneling and molecular spintronics.

Wolfgang Wernsdorfer is Humboldt Professor at the Institute of Physics and the Institute of Quantum Materials and Technologies at KIT. His current research focuses on quantum technologies with solid state devices.

The Dominique Givord Award for Advancing Magnetism in Europe is awarded by the European Magnetism Association (EMA) every three years to an excellent Scientist (or scientists), who has significantly helped to push forward magnetism research and the magnetism community in Europe.

Source: European Magnetism Association (EMA)
A nanostructured polymer film modeled on the white beetle Cyphochilus insulanus produces a brilliant white coating. (Photo: Julia Syurik, KIT)Julia Syurik, KIT
New Materials: Brilliant White without Pigments

March 30, 2020

Polymer foils that are extremely thin and characterized by a high light scattering rate are produced by a new process developed by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The inexpensive material may be applied industrially to various objects to give them an attractive white appearance. Moreover, the process can make products environmentally more compatible.

Press Release 020/2020