Department of Physics

Explosions from stars, so-called supernovas, can shed some light onto the research into dark matter. This has been shown by a study carried out by a team of German and Slovenian researchers at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg and the University of Nova Gorica. The researchers’ findi...

After 182 days, the x-ray telescope eROSITA on board the Spectrum-X-Gamma space probe has completed its first complete survey of the sky. This new map of the hot, energetic universe includes more than one million objects, effectively doubling the number of known x-ray sources discovered in the 60 ye...

A team of researchers at the Department of Physics has developed a method which can be used to reliably measure the speed of electron transfer between two materials. This could lead to the development of innovative electronic components with ultrafast transfer rates. The results were published in th...

After three months of space flight, the time has finally come: The first pictures of the space telescope eROSITA, which FAU also designed components for, have arrived. Scientists were able to observe the Large Magellanic Cloud with the telescope’s seven X-ray detectors. With eROSITA, astronomers can...

Universities and major IT companies have been investigating computers that store information in quantum states rather than as binary sequences for more than two decades. A research team at Google has now successfully used a quantum computer in a computing operation that would have taken thousands of...

Transistors are needed wherever current flows, and they are an indispensable component of virtually all electronic switches. In the field of power electronics, transistors are used to switch large currents. However, one side-effect is that the components heat up and energy is lost as a result. One w...

In future, electronics will be controlled via light waves instead of voltage signals: This is the goal of physicists worldwide. The advantage: Electromagnetic waves of light oscillate at the petahertz frequency. This means that future computers could be a million times faster than the current genera...