22 October 2021
Mechanism underlying the emergence of virus variants unravelled
An international consortium, led by Delft University of Technology and the University of North Carolina, has for the first time succeeded in probing the molecular origins of recombination in RNA viruses. Hiccups during the copying process of viruses cause recombination to take place: the exchange of segments of viral RNA.
15 October 2021
Cooling radio waves to their quantum ground state
Researchers at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) have found a new way to cool radio waves all the way down to their quantum ground state. To do so, they used circuits that employ an analog of the so-called laser cooling technique that is frequently used to cool atomic samples. The device used a recently developed technique the researchers call ‘photon pressure coupling’, which is predicted to be of use in detecting ultra-weak magnetic resonance (MRI) signals or for quantum sensing applications that can help the search for dark matter. The results have been published in Science Advances.
08 October 2021
Researchers unravel molecular replication process of covid-19
Is there a way to stop SARS-CoV-2-? An international consortium, led by biophysicist David Dulin at VU Amsterdam and in collaboration with Martin Depken from TU Delft, has investigated how to interfere with the viral genome-replication process at the molecular level.
07 October 2021
TU Delft researchers realize quantum teleportation onto mechanical motion of silicon beams
Quantum technology typically employs qubits (quantum bits) consisting of, for example, single electrons, photons, or atoms. A group of TU Delft researchers has now demonstrated the ability to teleport an arbitrary qubit state from a single photon onto an optomechanical device – consisting of a mechanical structure comprising billions of atoms. Their breakthrough research, now published in Nature Photonics, enables real-world applications such as quantum internet repeater nodes while also allowing quantum mechanics itself to be studied in new ways.
05 October 2021
Rubicon grant for Applied Sciences researcher
Maurice Krielaart (ImPhys) has been awarded a coveted Rubicon grant by NWO.
01 October 2021
Can quantum and gravity get along?
A proposal for testing general relativity using superconducting mechanical quantum devices.
01 October 2021
Safety and modernisation go hand in hand at Reactor Institute Delft (RID)
In September, Reactor Institute Delft (RID) was visited by an INSARR mission (Integrated Safety Assessment for Research Reactors) from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). In its report, the team of experts from the IAEA concluded that during a significant modernisation operation of the research reactor, safety was prioritised. The team also found areas requiring further enhancements, including the organisational structure and safety procedures and documentation.
30 September 2021
Nanobiology: ten years of merging disciplines
Almost ten years ago, Delft University of Technology and the Erasmus University Medical Centre launched the world’s first bachelor in Nanobiology, merging the scientific disciplines of biology, physics, and mathematics.
23 September 2021
A New Beam Multiplexer for NASA's GUSTO mission
GUSTO, NASA's stratospheric balloon observatory, will bring the Dutch multi-pixel camera system of SRON and TU Delft to the edge of space. It will perform a large-scale observation of the spectral lines from ionized atoms between the stars of the Milky Way. As an extra hardware contribution, SRON-TU Delft delivers a Fourier phase grating. The technique behind it is now published in Optics Express.
03 September 2021
Spinoza Prize for Lieven Vandersypen
NWO has announced that Professor Lieven Vandersypen (TU Delft/QuTech) has been awarded the Spinoza Prize, the highest award in Dutch Science.