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Physics - Electroengineering - 13.06.2019
Radiation Damage in Microelectronics
Radiation Damage in Microelectronics
By Alicja Michalowska-Forsyth, Varvara Bezhenova Reliability is a wide-ranging subject in microelectronics, covering responses to different kinds of stress as well as measures to increase devices' tolerance against them. This includes ionising radiation stress, which affects device characteristics, leading to circuit degradation.

Physics - Electroengineering - 21.02.2019
How to Freeze Heat Conduction
How to Freeze Heat Conduction
Physicists have discovered a new effect, which makes it possible to create excellent thermal insulators which conduct electricity. Such materials can be used to convert waste heat into electrical energy. Every day we lose valuable energy in the form of waste heat - in technical devices at home, but also in large energy systems.

Electroengineering - 10.12.2018
Shape and Topology Optimization of Electrical Machines
Shape and Topology Optimization of Electrical Machines
By Peter Gangl In order to design machines which - depending on the concrete application - perform as well as possible, mathematical methods for the optimization of the geometry of the machines can be used. Nowadays, electrical machines are ubiquitous in our lives. In order to design machines which - depending on the concrete application - perform as well as possible, mathematical methods for the optimization of the geometry of the machines can be used.

Physics - Electroengineering - 21.11.2018
First diode for magnetic fields
First diode for magnetic fields
Innsbruck quantum physicists have constructed a diode for magnetic fields and then tested it in the laboratory. The device, developed by the research groups led by the theorist Oriol Romero-Isart and the experimental physicist Gerhard Kirchmair, could open up a number of new applications. Electric diodes are essential electronic components that conduct electricity in one direction but prevent conduction in the opposite one.

Environment - Electroengineering - 09.08.2018
NEWSUN - Drinking water for the world
NEWSUN - Drinking water for the world
By Vera Haberfellner The availability of clean drinking water is not automatic. The 'Energy Aware Systems' working group of EMT is working on an energetically self-sufficient and sustainable water desalination plant. In many parts of the world, there is a shortage of clean drinking water. Climate change is aggravating the situation through more intensive periods of drought and increasingly occurring extreme weather conditions.

Electroengineering - Physics - 03.07.2018
On the tracks of the thunderstorm
On the tracks of the thunderstorm
Summer is the high season for thunderstorms and their resulting lightning and hail storms. TU Graz researchers Stephan Pack and Helmut Paulitsch get to the bottom of this summer phenomenon in their research work. No sooner has the temperature gone up, than the probability of thunderstorms increases.

Innovation - Electroengineering - 22.03.2018
Vehicles of the future
Vehicles of the future
By Julian Naderer How to build the world's most efficient vehicle? What materials are suitable? Is electromobility the mobility of the future? In the TERA team we deal with all these TERA TU Graz is a student team that develops energy-efficient vehicles. We are students of various Graz universities, and we work together because we want to educate ourselves further and because we want to help shape the future of mobility.

Physics - Electroengineering - 16.01.2018
Using electricity to switch magnetism
Using electricity to switch magnetism
At TU Wien, a major step has been taken towards linking electrical and magnetic material properties, which is crucial for possible applications in electronics. It's not exactly a new revelation that electricity and magnetism are closely linked. And yet, magnetic and electrical effects have been studied separately for some time now within the field of materials science.

Physics - Electroengineering - 19.12.2017
A particle like slow light
A particle like slow light
A remarkable discovery was made at TU Wien recently, when particles known as 'Weyl fermions' were discovered in materials with strong interaction between electrons. Just like light particles, they have no mass but nonetheless they move extremely slowly. There was great excitement back in 2015, when it was first possible to measure these 'Weyl fermions' - outlandish, massless particles that had been predicted almost 90 years earlier by German mathematician, physician and philosopher, Hermann Weyl.

Electroengineering - Chemistry - 07.11.2017
Small - smaller - molecular electronics
Small - smaller - molecular electronics
By Birgit Baustädter The research area of molecular electronics focuses on miniaturisation. It's a further development of microelectronics and deals with circuits at the molecular level. Electronic objects of daily life are becoming increasingly smaller - but at the same time more powerful and efficient.

Electroengineering - Health - 04.09.2017
Electrical current provides a look inside the lungs
Electrical current provides a look inside the lungs
A new imaging technique, Electrical Impedance Tomography (EIT), will soon be used to monitor important bodily functions. A collaborative project between TU Wien, the Medical University of Vienna and the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, has enabled significant progress to be made with this technology.

Physics - Electroengineering - 25.07.2017
Magnetic Quantum Objects in a
Magnetic Quantum Objects in a "Nano Egg-Box"
Magnetic quantum objects in superconductors, so-called "fluxons", are particularly suitable for the storage and processing of data bits. Computer circuits based on fluxons could be operated with significantly higher speed and, at the same time, produce much less heat dissipation. Physicists around Wolfgang Lang at the University of Vienna and their colleagues at the Johannes-Kepler-University Linz have now succeeded in producing a "quantum egg-box" with a novel and simple method.

Electroengineering - Innovation - 01.07.2017
Why Large Engines Research Steps on the Gas
Why Large Engines Research Steps on the Gas
By Andreas Wimmer In order to meet ambitious environmental goals, research around the world must rise to the challenge of developing innovative and sustainable solutions in the areas of mobility, transportation and power generation. The question often arises in connection with electric mobility whether there will be any need to conduct research on internal combustion engines in the future.

Physics - Electroengineering - 23.05.2017
Measured for the first time: direction of light waves changed by quantum effect
Measured for the first time: direction of light waves changed by quantum effect
The 'quantized magneto-electric effect' has been demonstrated for the first time in topological insulators at TU Wien, which is set to open up new and highly accurate methods of measurement. A light wave sent through empty space always oscillates in the same direction. However, certain materials can be used to rotate the direction in which the light is oscillating when placed in a magnetic field.

Physics - Electroengineering - 29.03.2017
Quantum Communication: How to Outwit Noise
Quantum Communication: How to Outwit Noise
Nowadays we communicate via radio signals and send electrical pulses through long cables. This could change soon, however: Scientists have been working intensely on developing methods for quantum information transfer. This would enable tap-proof data transfer or, one day, even the linking of quantum computers.

Physics - Electroengineering - 21.12.2016
Graphene able to transport huge currents on the nano scale
Graphene able to transport huge currents on the nano scale
New experiments have shown that it is possible for extremely high currents to pass through graphene, a form of carbon. This allows imbalances in electric charge to be rapidly rectified. The strong electric field of the highly charged ions is able to tear dozens of electrons away from the graphene within a matter of femtoseconds.

Physics - Electroengineering - 29.08.2016
Meteorite Impact on a Nano Scale
Meteorite Impact on a Nano Scale
Intricate nanostructures can be created on crystal surfaces by hitting them with high energy ions. Scientists from TU Wien (Vienna) can now explain these remarkable phenomena.

Materials Science - Electroengineering - 17.08.2016
Piggyback battery for microchips: TU Graz researchers develop new concept
Piggyback battery for microchips: TU Graz researchers develop new concept
Electrochemists at TU Graz have managed to use monocrystalline semiconductor silicon as an active storage electrode in lithium batteries. This enables an integrated power supply to be made for microchips with a rechargeable battery. Photographic material available for download at the end of the text Small electrical gadgets, such as mobile phones, tablets or notebooks, are indispensable accompaniments of everyday life.

Physics - Electroengineering - 26.07.2016
The Exception and its Rules
The Exception and its Rules
"Exceptional points" give rise to counter-intuitive physical effects. Researchers from TU Wien (Vienna) make use of these phenomena to create a novel kind of wave guide, which is now being presented in the journal "Nature". No matter whether it is acoustic waves, quantum matter waves or optical waves of a laser - all kinds of waves can be in different states of oscillation, corresponding to different frequencies.

Electroengineering - Physics - 23.05.2016
Gigantic Ultrafast Spin Currents
Gigantic Ultrafast Spin Currents
Scientists from TU Wien (Vienna) are proposing a new method for creating extremely strong spin currents. They are essential for spintronics, a technology that could replace today's electronics. A laser pulse hits nickel (green). Spin-up-electrons (red) change into silicon (yellow). Electrons with both spin-orientations change back from silicon into nickel.