Events

Current events involving NTNU physicists, either ongoing or coming up in the near future or just happened at Department of Physics.

Gunnerus Sustainability Award 2012 to Kamaljit Bawa

Kamaljit S. Bawa received the Gunnerus Gold Medal and the award of 1 million NOK. Professor Kamal Bawa is Distinguished Professor of Biology at University of Massachusetts Boston and founder of ATREE. The award acknowledges and honors Kamaljit Bawa research as having a distinct impact towards the sustainability of global biodiversity.

Gunnerus Sustainability Award 2012 to Kamaljit Bawa

Kamaljit S. Bawa received the Gunnerus Gold Medal and the award of 1 million NOK. Professor Kamal Bawa is Distinguished Professor of Biology at University of Massachusetts Boston and founder of ATREE. The award acknowledges and honors Kamaljit Bawa research as having a distinct impact towards the sustainability of global biodiversity.

The Gunnerus award is the first major international prize for outstanding scientific work that promotes sustainable development globally, and will be awarded every two years starting in 2012.

Kamal Bawa's early research on the population biology of tropical forest trees, done in Central America, revolutionized our thinking regarding the ecology and evolution of forest trees, and thereby directly enhanced our ability to conserve tropical forests. His discoveries of unusual breeding systems, novel pollination mechanisms, and a diverse array of flowering patterns in tropical forest trees changed the prevailing notions about the population biology, ecology, and evolution of these trees.
More on Kamaljit S. Bawa Winner of the Gunnerus Sustainability Award

Interview with 2012 Gunnerus Award winner Dr. Kamal S. Bawa

Interviewer: Professor Kristian Fossheim, President of the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters

Kamaljit Bawa

More on the Award

Indisk biolog får den nye Gunnerusprisen (Universitetsavisa)

Biolog hedres for regnskogforskning (Adresseavisen)

Inder hedres for regnskogforskning (NRK Trøndelag)

Kamal Bawa gets first Gunnerus award for sustainability (The Hindu)

Professor Kamal Bawa of UMass Boston Receives the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters First Sustainability Award (GEG Project)

Technoport Talks: Prof. Kristian Fossheim – The Gunnerus sustainability award (Technoport/YouTube)

Interview with 2012 Gunnerus Award winner Kamal S. Bawa (YouTube)

Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE)

ATREE President, Prof Kamal Bawa, has donated the entire sum of the Gunnerus Sustainability Award, 1 million Norwegian Kroner, about 190000 US dollar, to ATREE. More on Prof Kamal Bawa donates entire sum of the Gunnerus Sustainability Award to ATREE


Wed, 08 Apr 2015 17:28:11 +0200

Lars Onsager Professorship 2013 to Reinout Quispel

Onsager Medal NTNUAugust 30. 2013
Onsager Professor 2013, Reinout Quispel at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. Thursday September 5. 2:15 to 3:00 p.m. the Onsager Professor will give a lecture titled «Geometric Numerical Integration of Differential Equations». The lecture will take place in the auditorium R9, Realfagbygget.

Lars Onsager Professorship 2013 to Reinout Quispel

– Lecture by the Onsager Professor

Onsager Medal NTNUAugust 30. 2013
Onsager Professor 2013, Reinout Quispel at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. Thursday September 5. 2:15 to 3:00 p.m. the Onsager Professor will give a lecture titled «Geometric Numerical Integration of Differential Equations». The lecture will take place in the auditorium R9, Realfagbygget.

Professor Reinout Quispel will beOnsager Medal NTNU awarded the Onsager medal on this occasion.

Abstract

«Geometric Numerical Integration of Differential Equations»

Geometric integration is the numerical integration of a differentialequation, while preserving one or more of its geometric/physical properties exactly, i.e. to within round-off error. Many of these geometric properties are of crucial importance in physical applications: preservation of energy, momentum, angular momentum, phase-space volume, symmetries, time-reversal symmetry, symplectic structure and dissipation are examples. The field has tantalizing connections to dynamical systems, as well as to Lie groups. This talk starts by presenting a survey of geometric numerical integration methods for differential equations. If time permits, this will be followed by a discussion of some recent developments.


Lars Onsager Lecture and Professorship

The Lars Onsager Professorship for 2013 has been awarded to Professor Reinout Quispell, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. For further information contact Brynjulf Owren or Helge Holden.

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Wed, 08 Apr 2015 17:37:01 +0200

The Kavli Nanoscience Symposium

The Kavli Nanoscience Medal25.08. 2014
Don't miss the Kavli Prize lectures and Nanoscience Symposium at NTNU. The Kavli Nanoscience Symposium takes place at Realfagbygget, auditorium R5, on September 11. at 14:00-17:00.

The Kavli Nanoscience Symposium

– September 11.

The Kavli Nanoscience Medal25.08. 2014
Don't miss the Kavli Prize lectures and Nanoscience Symposium at NTNU. The Kavli Nanoscience Symposium takes place at Realfagbygget, auditorium R5, on September 11. at 14:00-17:00.

Participation is free of charge. Please register for the Kavli Nanoscience Symposium (by September 1st).

Dont miss the opportunity to meet some of the Worlds foremost nanoscientists here at NTNU

All are WELCOME

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Irene Aspli
Wed, 08 Apr 2015 13:35:58 +0200

Cooperative particles: Patchy colloids, active matter and nanofluids

13.11. 2014
The Geilo School is a 10-day school in Condensed Matter. The objective of Geilo School 2015 is to bring together researchers with various interests and background in fields like soft matter science, complex matter physics, biological physics, mechanical or chemical engineering.

The Geilo School 2015

Cooperative particles: Patchy colloids, active matter and nanofluids

– March 16 to 26 2015

13.11. 2014
The Geilo School is a 10-day school in Condensed Matter. The objective of Geilo School 2015 is to bring together researchers with various interests and background in fields like soft matter science, complex matter physics, biological physics, mechanical or chemical engineering.

The Geilo School is intended for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and others who would like to gain an understanding of the fundamentals of cooperative phenomena for application to research in their respective fields.

The event will stay at Bardøla Høyfjellshotell in Geilo, Norway, 16 to 26 March 2015.

Organised by Physics Department, Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) in cooperation with Soft and Complex Matter group at NTNU.

Contact: Trine Løkseth, Institute for Energy Technology (IFE), Kjeller, Norway

More on the The Geilo School 2015 (IFE)


Thu, 13 Nov 2014 14:36:00 +0100

Rajesh Kumar selected for SPIE scholarship award

Rajesh Kumar. Photo: M. Lilledahl11.06. 2014
Rajesh Kumar has been awarded 2014 Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship by SPIE, for his potential contributions to the field of optics, photonics or related field. In award, he will receive a Certificate and $ 2000. This amount can be used to pursue educational and career goals in optics and photonics or related field. Department of Physics congratulates Rajesh with the honorable award.

Rajesh Kumar selected for SPIE scholarship award

Rajesh Kumar. Photo: M. Lilledahl11.06. 2014
Rajesh Kumar has been awarded 2014 Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship by SPIE, for his potential contributions to the field of optics, photonics or related field. In award, he will receive a Certificate and $ 2000. This amount can be used to pursue educational and career goals in optics and photonics or related field. Department of Physics congratulates Rajesh with the honorable award.

Rajesh Kumar is a Research Fellow at Department of Physics (NTNU). He is daily working at the Division of Biophysics and medical technology in the research group Clinical applications of multiphoton microscopy.

SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship

Rajesh Kumar, Research Fellow at Department of Physics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)Rajesh Kumar has been awarded a 2014 Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics for his potential contributions to the field of optics, photonics or related field.

His current research interest in cludes the application of optics and photonics in medical science. His work is focused on diagnosis of bone/cartilage disease (Osteoarthritis) and cancer. He obtained MSc degree in Photonics and previously worked in the area of medical photonics device for a couple of years as Marie-Curie Researcher in the EU/FP7 funded project on integrated interventional imaging operating system in the United Kingdom. He has worked as visiting student research fellow at Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU-South Korea), Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR-Mumbai), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-Madras) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc-Bangalore). He is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), UK.

SPIEBellingham, Washington, USA 6. June 2014

The press release from SPIE


Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:03:20 +0100

NorSEd PhD course on the History and Philosophy of Science in Science Education

Helsinki. Photo: Berit BungumMay 10. 2012
The NorSEd course is arranged in Helsinki on October 23-26, 2012, in combination with the 2nd Nordic Meeting on History and Philosophy of Science in Science Teaching.

NorSEd PhD course on the History and Philosophy of Science in Science Education

Helsinki. Photo: Berit BungumMay 10. 2012
The NorSEd course is arranged in Helsinki on October 23-26, 2012, in combination with the 2nd Nordic Meeting on History and Philosophy of Science in Science Teaching.

More information: NorSEd HPS, October 23-26 2012
Contact: Ismo Koponen

For registration to the course, please use the electronic registration on the web site listed above. For application for covering travel and accommodation expenses, please fill in the NorSEd application form and send to Berit Bungum (NorSEd application form [doc])

Deadline for registration and application for financial support: May 31.
(extended from May 15.)

Welcome to Helsinki


Wed, 15 May 2013 13:06:40 +0200

An interview with Alex Hansen in the journal Frontiers

Alex Hansen. Photo: Anne Kvanum SkoglundNovember 26. 2013
Alex Hansen is professor at Department of Physics and Field Chief Editor of Frontiers in Physics.

An interview with Alex Hansen in the journal Frontiers

Alex Hansen. Photo: Anne Kvanum SkoglundNovember 26. 2013
Alex Hansen is professor at Department of Physics and Field Chief Editor of Frontiers in Physics.

Alex Hansen is studying complex materials, computational physics, transport and breakdown phenomena in disordered systems, porous and granular matter physics and non-equilibrium statistical physics. A practical example of his research is the study of cracks in materials due to mechanical stress.

Frontiers is one of the world's largest open-access publishing and brings today an interview with Alex Hansen where he says something about physics, science communication and the journal Frontier.

Here you can read the interview: Interview with Alex Hansen


Bilateral project between Norway and Japan

June 11, 2013
Sigurd Wenner, Takeshi Saito aThe Norwegian-Japanese Al-Mg-Si Alloy precipitation project. The meeting was held in the mountain area Tateyama, 2500 meters above sea level, close to Toyama.nd Randi Holmestad at Department of Physics were last week in Japan on a project meeting together with Jostein Røyset from Hydro and Calin D. Marioara at SINTEF. This was  a meeting in connection to the bilateral project "The Norwegian-Japanese Al-Mg-Si Alloy precipitation project".

Bilateral project between Norway and Japan

June 11, 2013
Sigurd Wenner, Takeshi Saito aThe Norwegian-Japanese Al-Mg-Si Alloy precipitation project. The meeting was held in the mountain area Tateyama, 2500 meters above sea level, close to Toyama.nd Randi Holmestad at Department of Physics were last week in Japan on a project meeting together with Jostein Røyset from Hydro and Calin D. Marioara at SINTEF. This was  a meeting in connection to the bilateral project "The Norwegian-Japanese Al-Mg-Si Alloy precipitation project".

Here they met with the Japanese collaborators in the project, professors from University of Toyama, Tokyo Institute of Technology and the RIKEN-RAL Muon facility. The meeting was held in the mountain area Tateyama, 2500 meters above sea level, close to Toyama.

The meeting of the The Norwegian-Japanese Al-Mg-Si Alloy precipitation project.

They also had a meeting with the Dean of the faculty, Dr. Yuukou Horita. His field was within informatics, and he could tell that he had been in Trondheim at a conference on information technology last year.

The bilateral project is an industry-oriented knowledge building project with user involvement (NFR project 193619) where the support from Hydro is 20%.

Two PhD students, Takeshi Saito and Sigurd Wenner are educated within the project which will end next year.

R. Holmestad (NTNU), J. Røyset (Hydro), S. Wenner (NTNU), T. Saito (NTNU), T. Sato (Tokyo Tech), C.D. Marioara (SINTEF), K. Matsuda (Univ. Toyama), Nunomura (Univ. Toyama), T. Matsuzaki (Riken). Photo: K. Nishimura

Purpose of the bilateral project

Norwegian-Japanese Al-Mg-Si Alloy Precipitation Project

The primary objective is to identify impact of selected trace elements on precipitation and study vacancies in relation to trace elements in Al-Mg-Si alloys. This will be done in a bilateral Norwegian-Japanese research collaboration between Norway (NTNU, SINTEF, Hydro Aluminum) and Japan (University of Toyama, Tokyo institute of Technology).

Building up competence to understand these fundamental issues will be of general importance for the light metals community and can assist Hydro in increasing the quality and reduce the energy consumption in their future Aluminum products.

K. Nishimura (Univ. Toyama), J. Røyset (Hydro), Y. Horita, Dean (Univ. Toyama), C. D. Marioara (SINTEF), R. Holmestad (NTNU), S. Wenner (NTNU), T. Saito (NTNU), K. Matsuda (Univ. Toyama). Photo: University of Toyama


Wed, 05 Nov 2014 12:47:57 +0100

NorTEMnet workshop on advanced transmission electron microscopy

NorTEMnet 2013February 14, 2013
The NorTEMnet Workshop on Advanced Transmission Electron Microscopy will stay at Chalmers University of Technology, 25th - 27th March 2013.

NorTEMnet 2013

NorTEMnet workshop on advanced transmission electron microscopy

– March 25 27

NorTEMnet 2013February 14, 2013
The NorTEMnet Workshop on Advanced Transmission Electron Microscopy will stay at Chalmers University of Technology, 25th - 27th March 2013.

Current trends and future needs in imaging and spectroscopy of devices, materials and manostructures.

  1. Aberration corrected transmission electron microscopy (TEM)
    Scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM)
  2. Low voltage (TEM/STEM)
  3. Monochromated electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS)
  4. In-situ microscopy

NorTEMnet 2013 workshop

Registration, Program, Accommodation, Organization, Venue and Contact information on Chalmers webpage -
More on NorTEMnet: Workshop on Advanced Transmission Electron Microscopy

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Welcome to Physics Theory Seminar

Image: Jacob LinderSeptember 11, 2012
This week's Professor Chandra Varma comment particle discovery at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in conjunction with high-temperature superconductors and related microscopic theory. Professor Chandra Varma is affiliated with UC Riverside, University of California. Lecture's title and abstract; Higgs Bosons in Superconductors.

Welcome to Physics Theory Seminar

– Thursday 13th September

Image: Jacob LinderSeptember 11, 2012
This week's Professor Chandra Varma comment particle discovery at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in conjunction with high-temperature superconductors and related microscopic theory. Professor Chandra Varma is affiliated with UC Riverside, University of California. Lecture's title and abstract; Higgs Bosons in Superconductors.

Theory Seminar this week will take place on Thursday September 13. at 14:15 in E5-103.

Physics Theory Seminar are usually on Mondays - same time and place.

 Everyone is welcome to the Department of Physics Theory Seminar!


Wed, 05 Nov 2014 12:54:55 +0100

Workshop on Water Phenomena in PEM

September 12. 2013
In early October the workshop Water Phenomena in PEM: Sorption, Swelling and Breakthrough Processes will stay in Trondheim.

Workshop on Water Phenomena in PEM

– October 3rd to 4th 2013 in Trondheim

September 12. 2013
In early October the workshop Water Phenomena in PEM: Sorption, Swelling and Breakthrough Processes will stay in Trondheim.


The new NORTEM TEMs in Trondheim

Professor Randi Holmestad on the inauguration of the new NORTEM JEOL microscopes in Trondheim, September 10. 2013 . Photo: Irene Aspli September 16. 2013
Last Tuesday the new microscopes (TEM) at NTNU and SINTEF inaugurated and the event took place in Realfagbygget NTNU. Project Manager Spyros Diplas (SINTEF) welcomed. Then Randi Holmestad (NTNU) told the history of TEM in Trondheim.

The new NORTEM TEMs in Trondheim

– Inauguration of the new NORTEM JEOL microscopes

Professor Randi Holmestad on the inauguration of the new NORTEM JEOL microscopes in Trondheim, September 10. 2013 . Photo: Irene Aspli September 16. 2013
Last Tuesday the new microscopes (TEM) at NTNU and SINTEF inaugurated and the event took place in Realfagbygget NTNU. Project Manager Spyros Diplas (SINTEF) welcomed. Then Randi Holmestad (NTNU) told the history of TEM in Trondheim.

History of TEM in Trondheim

John Walmsley shows off the flagship instrument, a JEOL JEM-ARM200F ColdFEG electron source with probe and image correction. Photo: Irene AspliThe TEM history started by Professor Ragnvald Høier in 1972 and continued until the first Jeol2010F was installed at Department of Physics in 2001. Randi Holmestad told about the long road to the award. The TEM group started with the application for funding already in 2006. In 2009, the Norwegian Centre for Transmission Electron Microscopy (NORTEM) was established. After several suggestions and applications were NORTEM large-scale infrastructure projects granted 58 MNOK from The Research Council of Norway. The job of implementation, negotiations and contracts could start.

Laboratories and transmission electron microscopes (TEM) was built during the past year. In October 2013, the three new microscopes will come into use. The three new microscopes are JEM-ARM200F (JEOL double corrected), JEM-2100F TEM and JEM-2100 LaB6 TEM.

NORTEM today

TEM Gemini Centre consists of a team of six SINTEF researchers, four NTNU researchers, three engineers, seven master's students, three postdocs and nine PhD students. The project is funded by The Research Council of Norway together with the three partners SINTEF, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and University of Oslo (UiO). NORTEM project is divided into two nodes, in Trondheim and Oslo, distribution 50-50 percent.

JEOL Centre contract was signed by SINTEF's President Unni Steinsmo, President JEOL Ltd. Gon'emon Kurihara and NTNUs Pro-Rector for Research Kari Melby. Guests and participants were given a guided tour in the the laboratories and the new microscopes. After the official opening it was held a technical seminar with seven invited speakers from around the world, giving presentations about what is possible to achieve with the new generation of TEM. The seminar had more than 50 participants.

From the left; John Walmsley, Unni Steinsmo, Rudie Spooren, Kari Melby, Spyros Diplas, Gon'emon Kurihara og Randi Holmestad. Photo: Irene Aspli

The JEOL delegation, including the president Gonemon Kurihara (JEOL president), Siegfried Falch (JEOL Germany) , Yuichi Matsumoto (JEOL, Head of European interface), Tsutomu Morita (JEOL Europe) Matthias Rodewald (JEOL Germany), Mats Bergius (JEOL AB), Fredrik Andersson (JEOL AB). Photo: Randi Holmestad

Invited speakers at the seminar in advanced TEM. From left Ian MacLaren (Glasgow University), Per Persson (Linköping University), Takeshi Kasama (CEN, DTU), Jian Min Zuo (University of Illinois), Masahiro Kawasaki (JEOL USA), Sarah Haigh (Manchester University) and Williams Lefebvre (University of Rouen). Photo: Randi Holmestad

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Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:35:59 +0100

4th NorTEMnet workshop on advanced TEM in Trondheim

NORTEM microscope. Photo: Irene Aspli/NTNUNovember 4. 2013
The 4th NorTEMnet workshop on advanced TEM is organized at NTNU in Trondheim, January 8.-10. 2014. This workshop will be focused on STEM - there will be three days of lectures, computer exercises and hands-on practical sessions using the new NORTEM infrastructure in Trondheim (JEOL 2100, 2100F and ARM200F).

4th NorTEMnet workshop on advanced TEM in Trondheim

NORTEM microscope. Photo: Irene Aspli/NTNUNovember 4. 2013
The 4th NorTEMnet workshop on advanced TEM is organized at NTNU in Trondheim, January 8.-10. 2014. This workshop will be focused on STEM - there will be three days of lectures, computer exercises and hands-on practical sessions using the new NORTEM infrastructure in Trondheim (JEOL 2100, 2100F and ARM200F).


Featured lab in Soft Matter World

September 19, 2012
In the September issue of Soft Matter World was J.O. Fossum's laboratory at our department selected in this month's feature article. Soft Matter World describes the latest research in the clay-based materials and studies of soft and complex materials at the Laboratory for soft and complex matter studies.

Featured lab in Soft Matter World

September 19, 2012
In the September issue of Soft Matter World was J.O. Fossum's laboratory at our department selected in this month's feature article. Soft Matter World describes the latest research in the clay-based materials and studies of soft and complex materials at the Laboratory for soft and complex matter studies.


Thu, 07 Nov 2013 14:49:46 +0100

Justin Wells has published in Nano Letters

Nano Letters, March 12, 2014, Volume 14, Issue 3March 17. 2014
Justin has recently published in the distinguished science magazine Nano Letters. He and his partners from Denmark and Australia published an article Valley Splitting in a Silicon Quantum Device Platform.

Justin Wells has published in Nano Letters

Nano Letters, March 12, 2014, Volume 14, Issue 3March 17. 2014
Justin has recently published in the distinguished science magazine Nano Letters. He and his partners from Denmark and Australia published an article Valley Splitting in a Silicon Quantum Device Platform.

Justin WellsAssociate Professor Justin Wells is interest in atmoic-scale electronics, and the relevance for quantum computation.

Department of Physics congratulates Justin with this great recognition!

Abstract

By suppressing an undesirable surface Umklapp process, it is possible to resolve the two most occupied states (1Γ and 2Γ) in a buried two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) in silicon. The 2DEG exists because of an atomically sharp profile of phosphorus dopants which have been formed beneath the Si(001) surface (a δ-layer). The energy separation, or valley splitting, of the two most occupied bands has critical implications for the properties of δ-layer derived devices, yet until now, has not been directly measurable. Density functional theory (DFT) allows the 2DEG band structure to be calculated, but without experimental verification the size of the valley splitting has been unclear. Using a combination of direct spectroscopic measurements and DFT we show that the measured band structure is in good qualitative agreement with calculations and reveal a valley splitting of 132 ± 5 meV. We also report the effective mass and occupation of the 2DEG states and compare the dispersions and Fermi surface with DFT.

More on the publication; Valley Splitting in a Silicon Quantum Device Platform


Jacob Linder selected for NTNU's Outstanding Academic Fellows Programme

Jacob Linder, professor at Department of Physics16.06. 2014
Jacob Linder, professor at Department of Physics, is one of 17 young scientists the Rectorate has chosen to join the The NTNU Outstanding Academic Fellows Programme. The program is designed to give the young researchers opportunity to grow their careers.

Jacob Linder selected for NTNU's Outstanding Academic Fellows Programme

Jacob Linder, professor at Department of Physics16.06. 2014
Jacob Linder, professor at Department of Physics, is one of 17 young scientists the Rectorate has chosen to join the The NTNU Outstanding Academic Fellows Programme. The program is designed to give the young researchers opportunity to grow their careers.

The goal of the program is that participants will be supported to build leading research careers and compete for an ERC Grants (European Research Council) during the period. The program is a pilot for the period 2014-2017. With the support of international mentors, research visits, get-togethers, money and the expertise of the Norwegian Olympic Committee in talent development, the fellows will have the opportunity to improve their competitiveness in the international research world.

Department of physics congratulates Jacob with the the selection and award

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Mon, 16 Jun 2014 19:56:06 +0200

NORTEM facility pictures and NorTEMnet workshop on STEM

The JEM-ARM200F microscope. Photo: Per Henning/NTNUDecember 10. 2013
Here you can find some pictures of the TEM facilities in Trondheim. December 10th is deadline for Registration for the NorTEMnet workshop on advanced TEM at NTNU in January 2014.

NORTEM facility pictures and NorTEMnet workshop on STEM

– Deadline for workshop registration is today, Desember 10

The JEM-ARM200F microscope. Photo: Per Henning/NTNUDecember 10. 2013
Here you can find some pictures of the TEM facilities in Trondheim. December 10th is deadline for Registration for the NorTEMnet workshop on advanced TEM at NTNU in January 2014.

Norwegian Centre of Transmission Electron Microscopy (NORTEM) is a large scale infrastructure project with three partners: NTNU, SINTEF and UiO. We followed the realization of the state-of-the-art facility from delivery and installation to use of the microscopes by researchers and students. Here is a series of photos documenting the delivery, installation and use of the new microscopes.

More on the NORTEM - State-of-the-art Facility and Microscopes in NTs facebook

Heimir Magnusson (JEOL) and Liam Spillane (Gatan Inc.) are connecting the energy filter to the pressured air system. Photo: Per Henning/NTNU

NorTEMnet workshop on STEM in Trondheim

The 4th NorTEMnet workshop on advanced TEM is organized at NTNU in Trondheim, January 8-10. 2014. This workshop will be focused on STEM - there will be three days of lectures, computer exercises and hands-on practical sessions using the new NORTEM infrastructure in Trondheim (JEOL 2100, 2100F and ARM200F).

Randi Holmestad in front of the the TEM, JEM-ARM200F (JEOL double corrected) Photo: Ingvil SnøfuglWe invite PhD students, postdocs and researchers from the Nordic countries working with (S)TEM to participate.

Deadline for registration for the NorTEMnet workshop on STEM is today, December 10. 2013. Registration form for NorTEMnet workshop on STEM

More on the NorTEMnet workshop on STEM in Trondheim

Irene Aspli
Tue, 27 May 2014 13:00:18 +0200

Jens Andersen selected as Outstanding Referee

Outstanding Referees Program, American Physical Society (APS)March 4. 2014
Professor Jens Oluf Andersen selected by APS Journals as an Outstanding Referee. American Physical Society annually provides a highly selective Outstanding Referee award to a limited number of referees who have been exceptionally helpful in assessing manuscripts for publication in the APS Journals.

Jens Andersen selected as Outstanding Referee

Outstanding Referees Program, American Physical Society (APS)March 4. 2014
Professor Jens Oluf Andersen selected by APS Journals as an Outstanding Referee. American Physical Society annually provides a highly selective Outstanding Referee award to a limited number of referees who have been exceptionally helpful in assessing manuscripts for publication in the APS Journals.

Jens Oluf Andersen. Foto: Irene AspliThe editors of APS Journals select the honorees based on the quality, number, and timeliness of their reports, without regard for membership in the APS, country of origin, or field of research. The editors of the APS journals have selected 143 new Outstanding Referees for 2014, out of more than 60,000 currently active referees.

Department of Physics congratulate Jens with the honor!

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The Nanonetwork awarded our two phd-students

Jonas Ribe is receiving the prize from Jostein Grepstad. Photo: Berit Myhre18.08. 2014
The contributions from two of our PhD students were awarded with the best student's awards at the Nanonetwork workshop. Our PhD Candidates Federico Mazzola and Jonas Ribe got the awards for best presentation and poster.

The Nanonetwork awarded our two phd-students

Jonas Ribe is receiving the prize from Jostein Grepstad. Photo: Berit Myhre18.08. 2014
The contributions from two of our PhD students were awarded with the best student's awards at the Nanonetwork workshop. Our PhD Candidates Federico Mazzola and Jonas Ribe got the awards for best presentation and poster.

The 2014 Workshop of the Norwegian PhD Network on Nanotechnology for microsystems was arranged in Tønsberg, Norway, this summer (June 16-18).

Jonas Ribe in front of his winning poster "Patterning polydimethylsiloxane by dry etching using metal hard masks". Photo: Berit Myhre Federico Mazzola was awarded the prize in the category best PhD student presentation for the oral presentation entitled "Unconventional hybrid superconductors? A novel manipulation of manybody interactions". 

Jonas Ribe was awarded the prize in the category best PhD student poster for the poster "Patterning polydimethylsiloxane by dry etching using metal hard masks".

Supervisor for Federico is Justin Wells and for Jonas is Bjørn Stokke the supervisor.

Federico Mazzola at work at the new Danish synchrotron (ASTRID2) in Aarhus. Photo: Justin Wells


Killing cancer cells with super glue

The picture shows cells that have taken up nanoparticles. The cells are green, the cell nuclei are blue and the nanoparticles are red. Photo: Habib Baghirov, NTNU27.05. 2014
Sylvie Lelu at our Department has extracted cells from pig brain. If she and the research team succeed, it will be possible to deliver drugs to a part of the body that drugs currently cannot reach.

Killing cancer cells with super glue

The picture shows cells that have taken up nanoparticles. The cells are green, the cell nuclei are blue and the nanoparticles are red. Photo: Habib Baghirov, NTNU27.05. 2014
Sylvie Lelu at our Department has extracted cells from pig brain. If she and the research team succeed, it will be possible to deliver drugs to a part of the body that drugs currently cannot reach.

Using nanocapsules containing cancer drugs, researchers have succeeded in attacking tumours with surgical precision. One of the ways to manufacture such capsules is with minute droplets of super glue.

This new means of delivering drugs has already been successfully tested on mice and rats and, according to researchers at SINTEF, could open the way for entirely new treatments of brain diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

More on the topic in GEMINI - Killing cancer cells with super glue


Small capsules, big potential

Physicists Paul Dommersnes, University of Paris, Diderot (left) and Jon Otto Fossum (NTNU), have come up with a way to make a novel capsule that could have wide applications in medicine and industry. Photo: Per Harald Olsen10.06. 2014
Physicists Paul Dommersnes at University of Paris, Diderot and Jon Otto Fossum at NTNU, have come up with a way to make a novel capsule that could have wide applications in medicine and industry.

Small capsules, big potential

Physicists Paul Dommersnes, University of Paris, Diderot (left) and Jon Otto Fossum (NTNU), have come up with a way to make a novel capsule that could have wide applications in medicine and industry. Photo: Per Harald Olsen10.06. 2014
Physicists Paul Dommersnes at University of Paris, Diderot and Jon Otto Fossum at NTNU, have come up with a way to make a novel capsule that could have wide applications in medicine and industry.

A conversation between two physicists in a Paris café led to the invention of a novel form of capsules that could be used in medicine, food, household products, cosmetics and paints. Their find has just been published in the latest issue of Nature Communications.

More on Small capsules, big potential (Gemini, 02.06.2014)

Kapsler gjør verden mykere  (forskning.no, 22.06.2014)

Stort norsk gjennombrudd innen ørsmå selvbyggende kapsler (Teknisk Ukeblad, 27.05.2014)


Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:10:06 +0200

1st NTNU-PAN workshop on Soft and Complex Matter Physics

1st NTNU-PAN workshop on Soft and Complex Matter Physics. Warszawa 26th April 2013May 8, 2013
The first workshop, held in Warszawa on 26th April 2013, served as a venue for discussion on complex phenomena in soft materials.

1st NTNU-PAN workshop on Soft and Complex Matter Physics

– Warszawa 26th April 2013

1st NTNU-PAN workshop on Soft and Complex Matter Physics. Warszawa 26th April 2013May 8, 2013
The first workshop, held in Warszawa on 26th April 2013, served as a venue for discussion on complex phenomena in soft materials.

This included guided-assembly of colloidal particles on droplet surfaces; development of orientational order in glassy colloidal dispersions, fabrication of highly ordered scaffolds from O/W emulsions and foams, ordering of droplets in microfluidic loops, passive droplet handling in microfluidic modules, directed assembly of droplets by means of microfluidics, etc.

Scientific programme and abstracts for the workshop


Fri, 26 Sep 2014 21:37:09 +0200

Designer droplets with «pupils»

July 9, 2013
Norwegian researchers have discovered a surprisingly simple way to control surface properties and create emulsions with droplets using electricity - and nothing else. Their findings could have implications for everything from food preparation to oil and gas production.

Designer droplets with «pupils»

July 9, 2013
Norwegian researchers have discovered a surprisingly simple way to control surface properties and create emulsions with droplets using electricity - and nothing else. Their findings could have implications for everything from food preparation to oil and gas production.

The article Active structuring of colloidal armour on liquid drops is published in Nature Communications. These authors contributed equally to this work: Paul Dommersnes, Zbigniew Rozynek and Jon Otto Fossum (Author information).

At Department of Physics (NTNU) the research is done at Laboratory for soft and complex matter studies.

Designer droplets open new possibilities

By designing droplets using electricity, researchers have opened new possibilities in physics. This technique could possibly be used for everything from extracting oil from wells to creating makeup and food.
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Designer dråper med pupiller (Gemini, 26. juli 2013)


Thu, 12 Sep 2013 11:35:51 +0200

Inauguration of the new NORTEM JEOL microscopes in Trondheim

August 13, 2013
The event will take place on Tuesday 10. September 2013 in auditorium R8, Realfagbygget at NTNU. We hope potential users from the materials and the microscopy research fields from Trondheim, the Nordic countries and the rest of the world will come and join us in the celebration of our new microscopes.

Norwegian Centre for Transmission Electron Microscopy (NORTEM)

Inauguration of the new NORTEM JEOL microscopes in Trondheim

– September 10. 2013

August 13, 2013
The event will take place on Tuesday 10. September 2013 in auditorium R8, Realfagbygget at NTNU. We hope potential users from the materials and the microscopy research fields from Trondheim, the Nordic countries and the rest of the world will come and join us in the celebration of our new microscopes.


Research on teaching resources and learning environments in science education

June 19, 2013
Photo: Allyson MacdonaldNordic workshop: Research on teaching resources and learning environments in science education in the Nordic countries, 8th -10th October 2013 in Reykjavík, University of Iceland. The aim of the workshop is bring together researchers and PhD students in science education to discuss research approaches and results, and share ideas for new research projects.

Research on teaching resources and learning environments in science education

June 19, 2013
Photo: Allyson MacdonaldNordic workshop: Research on teaching resources and learning environments in science education in the Nordic countries, 8th -10th October 2013 in Reykjavík, University of Iceland. The aim of the workshop is bring together researchers and PhD students in science education to discuss research approaches and results, and share ideas for new research projects.

The focus in the workshop will on the development and use of teaching and learning resources in science education and the design of learning environments. The workshop is the final event in the NorSEd network, and will be a source of inspiration and ideas for bringing research and development in these areas of science education further in a Nordic setting. NorSEd provides financial support for travel and accommodation for participants.

More on the workshop on Research on teaching resources and learning environments in science education


New book on superconductivity by Kristian Fossheim

Kristian Fossheim, President of The Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters (DKNVS) and Professor emeritus at Department of Physics (NTNU).May 15, 2013
Kristian Fossheim has written a book about discoveries and discoverers in the field of superconductivity, Superconductivity: Discoveries and Discoverers. Ten physics Nobel laureates tell their story. Fossheim is Professor emeritus at Department of Physics (NTNU) and President of The Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters (DKNVS).

New book on superconductivity by Kristian Fossheim

Kristian Fossheim, President of The Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters (DKNVS) and Professor emeritus at Department of Physics (NTNU).May 15, 2013
Kristian Fossheim has written a book about discoveries and discoverers in the field of superconductivity, Superconductivity: Discoveries and Discoverers. Ten physics Nobel laureates tell their story. Fossheim is Professor emeritus at Department of Physics (NTNU) and President of The Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters (DKNVS).

Publisher's description

This book is about the work of 10 great scientists; who they were and are, their personal background and how they achieved their outstanding results and took their prominent place in science history. We follow one of physics and science history's most enigmatic phenomena, superconductivity, through 100 years, from its discovery in 1911 to the present, not as a history book in the usual sense, but through close ups of the leading characters and their role in that story, the Nobel laureates, who were still among us in the years 2001-2004 when the main round of interviews was carried out. Since then two of them already passed away.

Abstract

Physics is a science which aims at answering the big mysteries in Nature. Physicists have always been attracted by the greatest challenges. But sometimes even the most demanding problems reveal themselves little by little. On the 8th of April 1911 a discovery was made through an apparently simple experiment in a glass flask of very special design in a physics laboratory in Leiden, Holland. The experiment set in motion a series of events with few parallels in the history of science. But physics was far from ready for the advent of superconductivity, the enigmatic phenomenon which Heike Kamerlingh Onnes and his student Gilles Holst had just observed. Today, more than a hundred years later, after great scientific research efforts and big investments, and after many impressive scientific and technical breakthroughs, a cloud of mystery still hovers over aspects of superconductivity. Nature continues to play her elusive game with the best minds of physics.

The book and the author


Mon, 19 Aug 2013 12:14:43 +0200

Workshop on Water Phenomena in PEM

April 30, 2013
PEM 2013. Trondheim piersThe workshop Water Phenomena in PEM: Sorption, Swelling and Breakthrough Processes, will be held in Trondheim from 3rd to 4th October 2013. It will focus on recent advances in the fundamental understanding of polymer electrolyte membranes (PEM), both from an experimental and a theoretical point of view.
More on the workshop PEM 2013

Workshop on Water Phenomena in PEM

– October 3 - 4. 2013

April 30, 2013
PEM 2013. Trondheim piersThe workshop Water Phenomena in PEM: Sorption, Swelling and Breakthrough Processes, will be held in Trondheim from 3rd to 4th October 2013. It will focus on recent advances in the fundamental understanding of polymer electrolyte membranes (PEM), both from an experimental and a theoretical point of view.
More on the workshop PEM 2013

Contact: Peter Berg


Alex Hansen, editor of open access journal of Physics

April 15, 2013Alex Hansen
Alex Hansen, professor at Department of Physics, has been appointed Speciality Chief Editor of the Interdisciplinary Physics Section of the open access journal "Frontiers in Physics" which will be launched this year. The Frontiers series of journals was started in 2007 and has become the leading journal in disciplines such as neurophysiology. 

Alex Hansen, editor of open access journal of Physics

April 15, 2013Alex Hansen
Alex Hansen, professor at Department of Physics, has been appointed Speciality Chief Editor of the Interdisciplinary Physics Section of the open access journal "Frontiers in Physics" which will be launched this year. The Frontiers series of journals was started in 2007 and has become the leading journal in disciplines such as neurophysiology. 

Frontiers is an online platform for the scientific community to publish open-access articles and network with colleagues. The Frontiers Research Network is a rapidly growing research network for all academic communities. It includes the world's leading scientists, academics, clinicians, researchers and more. Alex Hansen (presentation in Frontier).

 


Anne Borg becomes new dean at NT

Anne BorgMarch 20, 2013
Anne Borg is the new dean at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology. Anne Borg is professor in physics and has been vice dean for education at the faculty for the last eight years. The new dean will begin the position 1. August 2013.

Anne Borg becomes new dean at NT

Anne BorgMarch 20, 2013
Anne Borg is the new dean at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology. Anne Borg is professor in physics and has been vice dean for education at the faculty for the last eight years. The new dean will begin the position 1. August 2013.

Department of Physics want to congratulate a dear colleague, Anne, with the new and interesting job.

More on NTNUs new deans and VM director


Sunspots and solar rotation

Winter sunDesember 20, 2012
Here you can read a short article on sunspots and solar rotation.  You can study it for yourself during the Christmas holiday. We celebrate the solstice folks! Merry Christmas.

Sunspots and solar rotation

Winter sunDesember 20, 2012
Here you can read a short article on sunspots and solar rotation.  You can study it for yourself during the Christmas holiday. We celebrate the solstice folks! Merry Christmas.

Physics Education. Volume 48. Number 1, January 2013The article is written by Jonas R. Persson. Physics Education. Volume 48 Number 1, January 2013.

Sunspots and solar rotation

With the transit of Venus 2012 and a growing number of sunspots, there is increased interest in observing the Sun. Going beyond observing, it is possible to determine the rotation of the Sun using your own or preferably better observations available on the internet.
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Jonas R. Persson, Associate Professor at Department of Physics, NTNU.


Mon, 19 Aug 2013 12:16:35 +0200

PhD Candidate Amna Noreen got the Certificate of Merit

Amna Noreen. Photo: Asif MushtaqSeptember 20, 2012
The PhD Candidate Amna Noreen at the Section for Theoretical Physics, Department of Physics, was awarded the Certificate of Merit for her presentation at the 2012 International Conference of Computer Science and Engineering. She was one of two awarded students.

PhD Candidate Amna Noreen got the Certificate of Merit

Amna Noreen. Photo: Asif MushtaqSeptember 20, 2012
The PhD Candidate Amna Noreen at the Section for Theoretical Physics, Department of Physics, was awarded the Certificate of Merit for her presentation at the 2012 International Conference of Computer Science and Engineering. She was one of two awarded students.

The International Association of Engineers organizes the Best Paper Award and Best Student Paper Award for each WCECS conference. The candidate papers are judged on originality, significance, correctness, and clarity.

Certificate of merit (student) for The 2012 International Conference of Computer Science and Engineering

Amna Noreen
Title: Estimating Coefficients of Frobenius Series by Legendre Transform and WKB Approximation [pdf]

Abstract:

The Frobenius method can be used to represent solutions of ordinary differential equations by (generalized) power series. It is useful to have prior knowledge of the coefficients of this series. In this contribution we demonstrate that the magnitude of the coefficients can be predicted to surprisingly high accuracy by a Legendre transformation of WKB approximated solutions to the differential equations.

PhD Candidate Amna Noreen was awarded the 'Certificate of Merit' for her presentation at the 2012 International Conference of Computer Science and Engineering. Photo: Asif Mushtaq.


Mon, 19 Aug 2013 12:16:53 +0200

Guest lecture on Surface X-ray Diffraction Studies (SXRD)

November 30, 2012
Robert Felici, group leader of the Structure of Materials Group at ESRF will give a guest lecture at Department of Physics Wednesday December 5th at 10:15 in Realfagbygget D4-132. "Surface X-ray Diffraction Studies at the ID03 Beamline of the ESRF".
 

Guest lecture on Surface X-ray Diffraction Studies (SXRD)

– December 5. at 10:15

November 30, 2012
Robert Felici, group leader of the Structure of Materials Group at ESRF will give a guest lecture at Department of Physics Wednesday December 5th at 10:15 in Realfagbygget D4-132. "Surface X-ray Diffraction Studies at the ID03 Beamline of the ESRF".
 

R. Felici, European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Grenoble, France.

Surface X-ray Diffraction Studies at the ID03 Beamline of the ESRF

X-rays are an ideal probe for studying structural properties of matter and, thanks to
the brilliance of synchrotron sources, they are also employed to determine the atomic structure and morphology of surfaces and interfaces.

Aim of this talk is to provide the basic knowledge on the main techniques used in this field i.e. x-ray reflection, surface x-ray diffraction and grazing incidence small angle scattering together with a description of the beamline layout and equipment.

Examples will be shown dealing with the adsorption of organic molecules on noble metals surfaces /1,2/ and with the in-situ characterization of the structure and morphology of a catalyst surface during the heterogenous catalytic oxidation of CO /3,4/.

References

  1. R. Felici et al, Nat. Mat. 4 (2005) 688
  2. M. Hinterstein et al., Phys. Rev. B77 (2008) 153412
  3. R. van Rijn et al., Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 13 (2011) 13167
  4. B.L. Hendriksen et al., Nat. Chem. 2 (2010) 730  

Mon, 19 Aug 2013 12:17:14 +0200

About clay properties in Nature's Scientific Reports

Elisabeth Lindbo HansenSeptember 17, 2012
Department of Physics research group, Laboratory for soft and complex matter studies, has recently published an article in the journal Scientific Reports, Nature's new open journal. The research group Laboratory for soft and complex matter studies are studying soft and complex materials and has now published the article "Swelling transition of a clay induced by heating".

About clay properties in Nature's Scientific Reports

Elisabeth Lindbo HansenSeptember 17, 2012
Department of Physics research group, Laboratory for soft and complex matter studies, has recently published an article in the journal Scientific Reports, Nature's new open journal. The research group Laboratory for soft and complex matter studies are studying soft and complex materials and has now published the article "Swelling transition of a clay induced by heating".

The research group's projects

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Swelling transition of a clay induced by heating

Clays are naturally occurring mineral nanoparticles that are found in soils and sediments around the world. As an abundant and cheap natural resource, clays have had numerous uses historically; examples include the use of clays in pottery, in traditional medicine, and in the construction of housing. Today, clays are also important in a modern context: they are used in oil recovery, as rheology modifiers in cosmetics, paints and drilling fluids, and as essential ingredients in nanocomposites.

Generically, clays can be divided into two broad subclasses. 'Active' clays are clays which swell macroscopically when they are put into contact with water. These clays are known to form stable gels at very low volume fractions. 'Passive' clays on the other hand have a limited water uptake, leading to very different mechanical properties.

It has been unclear so far what mechanisms underlie clay swelling. In our study, we report the first observation of a temperature-induced transition from a passive to an active, swelling clay. Our experiments were made possible because we studied a synthetic clay whose attraction energy was in the range where a temperature increase from 25 to 75 oC would cause swelling to occur.

Based on our observations, we propose a simple model for the swelling transition. While net attractive interactions are dominant at low temperatures so that the clay particles remain attached to each other as stacks, at higher temperatures it is energetically favourable for the clay to swell due to the entropy that is gained by counterions which are liberated during swelling.

Elisabeth Lindbo Hansen, Henrik Hemmen, Davi de Miranda Fonseca, C. Coutant, Kenneth D. Knudsen, Tomás PlivelicDaniel Bonn, Jon Otto Fossum

Paper was published in Scientific Reports 2, 618 (2012) on nature.com.


Mon, 19 Aug 2013 12:18:01 +0200

Workshop on Soft matter Physics and Biomembranes

May 16, 2013International Workshop; Soft Matter Physics And Biomembranes
The international workshop on Soft Matter Physics And Biomembranes will take place at University of Iceland in Reykjavik, May 21-24, 2013.

Workshop on Soft matter Physics and Biomembranes

– Iceland, May 21-24. 2013

May 16, 2013International Workshop; Soft Matter Physics And Biomembranes
The international workshop on Soft Matter Physics And Biomembranes will take place at University of Iceland in Reykjavik, May 21-24, 2013.

The event is organized by the Nordic Network in Soft Matter Physics (NordSoft) and the Nordic Network for Dynamic Biomembrane Research (DBR).

Organizers: Jon Otto Fossum (NTNU) and Aldo Jesorka (Chalmers)

More on the workshop

Invited speakers, Schedule and Talks;

International Workshop; Soft Matter Physics And Biomembranes [pdf]


Mon, 19 Aug 2013 12:14:03 +0200

Most read articles in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2012

September 13, 2012
Professor Mikael Lindgren is coauthor of the publication that is one of the most read articles in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces the second quarter of 2012. This is a great recognition of Michael's contribution during his stay University of Lyon and Ens de Lyon.

Most read articles in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2012

September 13, 2012
Professor Mikael Lindgren is coauthor of the publication that is one of the most read articles in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces the second quarter of 2012. This is a great recognition of Michael's contribution during his stay University of Lyon and Ens de Lyon.


Physics Friday Colloquia has started

Realfagbygget i høstsol. Photo: Irene AspliAugust 31, 2012
Department of Physics organizes a series of Physics colloquia. The seminars will be held every Friday. 2:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the auditorium R5 in Realfagbygget, NTNU. The Physics Friday Colloquium is open to everybody. Coffee, tea and biscuits from at. 14:00.
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Physics Friday Colloquia has started

Realfagbygget i høstsol. Photo: Irene AspliAugust 31, 2012
Department of Physics organizes a series of Physics colloquia. The seminars will be held every Friday. 2:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the auditorium R5 in Realfagbygget, NTNU. The Physics Friday Colloquium is open to everybody. Coffee, tea and biscuits from at. 14:00.
More on Physics Friday Colloquia ...

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Mon, 19 Aug 2013 12:20:08 +0200

Twisterlike (bubble champagne). Photo: Jon Otto Fossum

Open Lectures and Seminars