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ERC Advanced Grant for Prof Clemens Bechinger

The properties of tiny objects, for example a micromachine, a bacterium and
even an atom, are strongly influenced by their environment. By contrast, the
environment is typically viewed as being independent of the object. Moving
objects, however, can strongly modify their environment which leads to
interesting and complex feedback mechanisms, which are also of interest for
applications, e.g., the optimization of energy-efficient transport processes, the
rapid erasure of information or the design…

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Making quantum bits fly

Two physicists at the University of Konstanz are developing a method that could enable the stable exchange of information in quantum computers. In the leading role: photons that make quantum bits "fly".

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Too new for the scientific community

What do you do when no one believes your scientific discovery? Physicist Alfred Leitenstorfer describes how a new approach met with great scepticism among the scientific community – and what he did to ultimately convince it.

Zu Gast in der Region

Eine Informationsveranstaltung für Studieninteressierte der MINT-Fächer, ein Festvortrag zu magnetischen Datenspeichern und die Verleihung der renommierten Auszeichnungen der Manfred Ulmer-Stiftung für Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft sind die Highlights des 40. Regionalen Wissenschaftsforums.

Curveball at the microscopic scale

The Magnus effect causes the curved trajectory of spinning footballs or tennis balls, and it can even be used for the propulsion of ships. A team of physicists led by Clemens Bechinger have now documented, for the first time, the existence of the Magnus effect at the microscopic scale.

Whether you are familiar with the Magnus effect or not, you have certainly often made use of it, e.g. when kicking a curveball or putting spin on a tennis ball. The Flettner rotor even employs this principle to…


Airbus Forschungspreis Claude Dornier für zwei an der Universität Konstanz betreute Dissertationen

Puzzling glass vibrations

How glass dampens sound: Researchers at the University of Konstanz solve a physics mystery – by rediscovering a discarded theory