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  • Recalculating glacier ice volumes13. February 2019
    An international team of glaciologists headed by ETH Zürich and the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) and including scientists from Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) have provided a new estimate for the volume of ice in glaciers throughout the world, excluding the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets....
  • SAOT International Conference on Advanced Optical Technologies – Registration open until February 22nd, 201911. February 2019
    The Erlangen Graduate School in Advanced Optical Technologies (SAOT), which also includes the Institute of Condensed Matter Physics and the Institute of Optics, Information and Photonics of the Department of Physics, cordially invites all interested scientists to the SAOT International Conference on Advanced Optical Technologies. The conference will take place...
  • Tracking down a feat of nature8. February 2019
    Approximately 500 million years ago, the evolution of a mineralised vertebrate skeleton had a knock-on effect, causing many new species to emerge, which in turn conquered new habitats. But how exactly did the skeleton develop? A palaeontologist at FAU is now researching this question in a project funded by the...
  • Breakthrough in graphene research8. February 2019
    Graphene is a promising material for use in nanoelectronics. Its electronic properties depend greatly, however, on how the edges of the carbon layer are formed. Zigzag patterns are particularly interesting in this respect, but until now it has been virtually impossible to create edges with a pattern like this. Chemists...
  • Using satellites to measure rates of ice mass loss in glaciers18. January 2019
    If you compare historical photos of glaciers with those taken more recently, you can see that where there was formerly ice there is now very often nothing but rock. Geographers, however, are less interested in the area covered by a glacier, and more interested in its mass. Researchers from FAU...