Random Access Memory on a Low Energy Diet: Researchers from Dresden and Basel develop basis for a novel memory chip

Press release of HZDR, January 3, 2017

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The prototype of an antiferromagnetic magnetoelectric memory chip, which was invented by researchers from Dresden and Basel. It consists of a thin layer of chromium oxide (Cr2O3) for saving data, on top of which the physicists attached a nanometer-thin platinum layer for read out. Picture: T. Kosub

Researchers from HZDR Dresden, IFW Dresden, cfaed, and University of Basel developed a basis for a novel memory chip. See the press release of HZDR:

Memory chips are among the most basic components in computers. The random access memory is where processors temporarily store their data, which is a crucial function. Researchers from Dresden and Basel have now managed to lay the foundation for a new memory chip concept. It has the potential to use considerably less energy than the chips produced to date – this is important not only for mobile applications but also for big data computing centers. The results are presented in the latest volume of the scientific journal “Nature Communications”.

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cfaed Scientific Image Competition 2016: Winners Revealed

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In fall 2016, we carried out our first Cluster-wide Scientific Image Contest. We received around 60 images from 22 different researchers or teams. Not bad for the first time, again: thank you very much for taking part in! At the General Assembly in December Prof. Fettweis revealed the winners and handed over the awards. Now we are happy to present the winning pictures on our website and in the social channels!

Congratulations to the winners of the cfaed Scientific Image Competition!


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Season's Greetings

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Season's Greetings and a Hapy New Year!

Physiker untersuchen, wie der Motor schwimmender Algen funktioniert

Veröffentlichung in Physical Review Letters - Pressemitteilung 15. Dezember 2016


Fotobeschreibung: Grünalge an der Spitze einer Mikropipette. Ihre beiden Geißeln schlagen in einer Art Brustschwimmbewegung. Foto: Christian Ruloff, AG Wagner.
Grünalge an der Spitze einer Mikropipette. Ihre beiden Geißeln schlagen in einer Art Brustschwimmbewegung. Foto: Christian Ruloff, AG Wagner.

Universität des Saarlandes / Max-Planck-Institut für Physik komplexer Systeme Dresden / Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden - cfaed

Wie sich bewegliche Algen und andere „Mikroschwimmer“ in Flüssigkeiten fortbewegen, haben Experimentalphysiker der Universität des Saarlandes gemeinsam mit Dresdner Kollegen untersucht: Sie setzten Grünalgen der Gattung Chlamydomonas einer Gegenströmung aus und erfassten die Bewegungen ihrer Geißeln mittels eines hochauflösenden Tracking-Verfahrens. Hieraus wurde ein Rechenmodell abgeleitet, das exakt vorhersagt, wie sich der „Motor“ der Winzlinge unter Belastung verhält. Die Ergebnisse könnten dazu beitragen zu verstehen, wie sich künstliche Mikroroboter beispielsweise im menschlichen Organismus künftig einmal fortbewegen könnten. Die Arbeit wurde in der Zeitschrift Physical Review Letters veröffentlicht.

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Dresden Scientist Frank Jülicher Receives The Most Important Research Award In Germany

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professor Frank Jülicher
Foto: MPI-PKS / F. Jülicher

Congratulations to Prof. Dr. Frank Jülicher from Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (MPI-PKS) Dresden, who was announced as one of the Leibniz Awardees 2017 by the German Research Foundation (DFG) on December 8. The DFG acknowledged Prof. Jülicher as one of the worldwide leading scientists in biophysics. The MPI-PKS is a participating institution of the Cluster of Excellence cfaed. Prof. Jülicher acts as a Principal Investigator of the cluster contributing with his scientific work to several Research Paths, in particular the Biological Systems Path.

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