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Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB), Germany

As the German National Library of Sience and Technology , the TIB specialises in all areas of chemistry, information technology, mathematics, physics and technology. The TIB is the largest special library in the world and offers industry and research excellent information services. more

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  • Donuts and laser beams

    A donut is not a bun. From a mathematical point of view, they are two fundamentally different objects: The donut has a hole, the bun does not. A circle inside the donut around its hole in the center cannot be shrunk to a point. An arbitrary circle inside the bun, however, can. The mathematical disci more

  • Neutrinos are lighter than 0.8 electron volts

    The international KArlsruhe TRItium Neutrino Experiment (KATRIN), located at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), has broken an important "barrier" in neutrino physics which is relevant for both particle physics and cosmology. Based on data published in the prestigious journal Nature Physics, a more

  • New Max Planck Institute in Göttingen Combines Natural and Medical Sciences

    The Göttingen-based Max Planck Institutes (MPI) for Biophysical Chemistry and Experimental Medicine have merged as of January 1, 2022. This will establish a new MPI, the Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences. It will cover a much broader spectrum of research, thus promoting disciplinar more

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When Water Levitates

Have you ever seen a drop of water navigate a maze? It’s possible thanks to a weird phenomenon called the Leidenfrost Effect. Understanding Leidenfrost — first described more than 200 years ago — helped engineers make more efficient steam engines. Today, scientists are using high-speed cameras t ... more

The Science of Fireworks!

Professor Chris Bishop, presenter of the 2008 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, gives a family lecture on the history of the modern firework.Through demonstrations of pyrotechnic chemistry hear how Chinese incendiaries made from honey led to the development of gunpowder; discover how the lou ... more

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Detecting gravitational waves from black hole collisions

This year’s second Nobel Prize in the sciences was awarded today. The prize for physics was awarded to researchers who contributed to the observation of gravitational waves, ripples in space-time that were originally created by colliding black holes over a billion years ago. more

The creation of tools made from laser light

After the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine has been awarded, it is physics' turn. The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Morou and Donna Strickland for their pioneering innovations in the field of laser physics. Strickland is only the third woman to receive the No more

The History of the Atom

All matter is made up of atoms. This is something we now take as a given, and one of the things you learn right back at the beginning of high school or secondary school chemistry classes. Despite this, our ideas about what an atom is are surprisingly recent: as little as one hundred years ago, scien more

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  • Surprisingly simple molecules as potential OLED-Emitters?

    Organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) are presently conquering the market for displays of smartphones and TVs. They also have a great potential in lighting applications. Current devices for the blue part of the visible spectrum lag behind their green and red counterparts in terms of efficiency and durability. more

Authors Physics

  • Dr. Wolfgang Kaiser

    Wolfgang Kaiser studied physics at Technical University of Munich (TUM). On graduating, he then received a doctoral scholarship from IGSSE, TUM’s International Graduate School of Science and Engineering. His doctoral work at TUM’s Walter Schottky Institute focused on switch­able DNA layers and their more

  • Dr. Horst Bettin

    Horst Bettin, born in 1955, studied physics at the Technical University of Braunschweig where he completed his PhD at the Institute for Semiconductor Physics and Optics. In 1990 he joined the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt and focused his research mainly on density measurements. He has also b more

  • Dr. Peter Becker

    studied physics at the University of Münster and received his doctorate in 1974 from the Institut für Physik der Universität Dortmund (Dortmund University Institute of Physics). From there he moved to Physikalisch-Technischen Bundesanstalt (National Metrology Institute) in Braunschweig (Brunswick). more

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Atmospheric physics

Atmospheric physics Atmospheric physics is the application of physics to the study of the atmosphere . Atmospheric physicists attempt to model Earth's atmosphere and the atmospheres of the other planet s using fluid flow equations, chemical ... more

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