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Physicist Karin Jacobs admitted to Göttingen Academy of Sciences

Karin Jacobs, Professor of Experimental Physics at Saarland University, has been accepted as a corresponding member of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences. This honor is only bestowed on professors who have made exceptional contributions in their field. Corresponding members usually live outside northern Germany and participate more indirectly in the life of the Academy.

In addition to Karin Jacobs, her former colleague Roser Valenti was also admitted to the Academy; she is now a professor of theoretical physics at Frankfurt's Goethe University. Valenti had conducted research at Saarland University for several years at the beginning of her scientific career.

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Focus Semester on Quantum Information

From 12 September 2022 to 9 December 2022, the Focus Semester on Quantum Information will take place at Saarland University, Saarbruecken, Germany.

The aim is to study quantum information theory from the perspectives of mathematics, physics and computer science. Here is a brief video teaser on YouTube.

We will have numerous international experts giving multidisciplinary lectures at Saarland University, accompanied by various research talks in seminars.

The program will be accessible for first year Master's students, in particular, providing an introduction to this modern field. However, also PhD students, postdocs and researchers are welcome to participate in the program.

There is free accommodation available. Application deadline: 30 April 2022.

On the way to the quantum computer: federal government funds projects of Saarbrücken physicists with ten millions

Great hopes are being placed in quantum computers because they can calculate much faster and more complexly than today's supercomputers - especially in a quantum network. However, many research questions remain unresolved, such as how to avoid sources of error in quantum computing or how to use existing fiber optic networks to link quantum computers.

This is also being researched by a team of physicists at Saarland University, which is being funded in six different projects by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research with around ten million euros.

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"Smart" slime: how a single-celled organism shows that intelligent behavior can emerge from chance

Physarum polycephalum is a real smarty-pants: experiments in which the slime mold was able to reconstruct Tokyo's rail network and solve mazes have already landed it in the news. Now, a research team has used the slime mould as a model to learn from its adaptability. The mathematical model it inspired is so general that it could not only make transportation networks more efficient, but also advance artificial intelligence.

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Sixth sense decoded? Researchers track down the inner compass of living creatures

How do salmon know the route to their spawning grounds? How do animals find their destination? An international research team from Oregon, Strasbourg, Oldenburg and Saarbrücken is on the trail of the inner compass of living creatures and may have deciphered the mysterious "sixth sense". The research group of Professor Uwe Hartmann from Saarland University has succeeded for the first time in making the "compass needles" of salmon visible with a microscope.

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Physicists from Saarbrücken develop simulation method to better understand membrane fusion

Biological membranes are extremely complex: Not only do they consist of thousands of different types of lipids, but they also have an asymmetric structure. Saarbrücken physicists led by Prof. Jochen Hub want to find out what biological advantage this high complexity might have. Using a new computer simulation method, they have studied membrane fusions, which play a central role in many biological functions. The results could provide the first possible explanations.

They have now been published in Nature Communications.

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Research alliance on quantum communication launched - 35 million euros for three years

Digitization is advancing, and at the same time the growing exchange of sensitive data needs more security. A communication network based on the laws of quantum physics is an important approach because of the physically guaranteed eavesdropping security. The joint project "Quantum Repeater.Link" (QR.X) is pursuing this goal. It is being funded for three years by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research with around 35 million euros. It is coordinated by Christoph Becher from Saarland University.

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DFG Funding Atlas 2021: Saarland University once again among the 40 universities with the strongest research performance

In the current funding ranking of the German Research Foundation (DFG), Saarland University was able to rank 39th out of a total of 225 universities and universities of applied sciences that received funding from 2017 to 2019. It should be noted that the ranking is not calculated adjusted for size, so that universities with significantly more scientists lead the third-party funding ranking.

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Physicists prove that microplastics can damage cell membranes

Over 70 million tons of microplastics are in the oceans. They are then ingested by marine life and humans through rain and airborne transmission. Two physicists, Jean-Baptiste Fleury of Saarland University and Vladimir Baulin of Tarragona University, recently discovered that microplastics can mechanically destabilize cell membranes. They have published the study in the renowned journal "PNAS".

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SFB 1027 goes into the third funding period with 13 Million Euro until 2024

After an excellent evaluation of the SFB 1027 in March the expectations for the senate committee meeting of the DFG on 21./22. May were high. Now it is official: the DFG will support our consortium with 13 Million Euro for another 4-year period until 2024, after a 10 Million and 9.2 Million Euro funding for the 1st and 2nd funding period 2013-16 and 2017-2020.

The reviewers acknowledged that the important, timely, exciting and successful research of the SFB 1027 combines physics with medical applications in a strong interdisciplinary consortium. Eight years ago we started small and then grew steadily to gain high visibility and strong standing in biophysics now. The reviewers praised our rising stars, our young researcher support as well as the excellent strategic appointments supporting our SFB. 14 or our 23 projects received excellent grades, with highest grades for A10 (Lautenschläger), A13 (Aradilla-Zapata), B6 (del Campo), C5 (Bruns/Schwarz), C7 (de Jonge) and C9 (Schrul). We are also proud that the reviewers acknowledged the importance of the foundation of the Center for Biophysics at Saarland University with its new research building as a perpetuation of the SFB 1027 and repeatedly compared our structural developments with the “Physics of Life” cluster of excellence in Dresden. We are looking forward to another 4 years of exciting interdisciplinary science.

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