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Here is the picture from iWOE27 (www.iwoe27.eu). The workshop counted 187 participants overall, 96 in person and 91 in remote. 102 posters and 49 talks. iWOE27 was hold in Genova, Italy, in the wonderful setting of Palazzo Ducale, October 13-15, 2021

 

The 3rd OXiNEMS project meeting took place on April 22nd and 23rd in a web-based format. Participants from all the OXiNEMS units discussed the recent results on the project activities and attended the exploitation workshop run by META Group, working together on the topic of identifying and characterizing Key Exploitable Results coming from the project.

OXiNEMS - second project meeting

The second project meeting took place in Chieti (Italy) at ITAB - Institute for Advanced Biomedical Technologies on November 21st-22nd.

The participants had the opportunity to visit the MEG system and the Very-Low field MRI system operating at ITAB. Specifically, the participants had the possibility to discuss all the technical details relating the operation of the prototype device in a biomagnetic environment. The OXiNEMS magnetic field sensors will be finally tested in such a facility inside the Magnetically Shielded Rooms.

Illustration: Yen Strandqvist

The paper “Restored strange metal phase through suppression of charge density waves in underdoped YBa2Cu3O7–δ” from the Chalmers University of Technology group is now available in Science Magazine. The research has been led by the Chalmers group, in collaboration with researchers from Politecnico di Milano, University La Sapienza, Brandenburg University of Technology and the European Synchrotron facility (ESRF). Congratulations to the Teams!

The presented research focuses on understanding and controlling the enigmatic state called ‘strange metal’, appearing in high temperature superconductors at temperatures above the superconducting transition.

The main result of the paper is new evidence of an intimate connection between the strange metal state and a “directional” local charge modulation in the conducting electrons called charge density waves (CDW). More specifically, the strange metal state is suppressed by the appearance of these charge modulations, providing valuable insights into the possible mechanism behind this enigmatic state. The experiment also shows that CDW can be controlled by applying strain to the material, leading to a novel technique of using strain to turn the strange metal state on or off. This is the first step towards a systematic study of ultra quantum matter in the lab, where strain control can be used to manipulate this new class of quantum materials.

Oxide nanoelectromechanical systems can be a potential tool to reversibly control strain and thus manipulate the ground state such (oxide) quantum materials.

Read more about our paper here.

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kick-off meeting of the H2020 FET OPEN project OXiNEMS

The kick-off meeting of the H2020 FET OPEN project OXiNEMS has been organized at CNR-SPIN headquarters in Genova on May 6th and 7th, 2019.

The involved European groups gathered to strengthen relationships, have scientific discussions and detail the first steps of the project.The OXiNEMS project plans to develop innovative nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS) based on multifunctional (epitaxial) transition metal oxides. The OXiNEMS team will implement ultrasensitive detectors able to measure very weak magnetic fields targeting those generated by human brain activity, of the order of tens of femtotesla.

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