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Student Research Meeting on 18. December 2014

Student Research Meeting on 18. December 2014

The next Student Research Meeting takes place on 18. December 2014 from 09.30 - approx. 11.30 a.m. in room HIL C 10.2. All Physics Bachelor and Master students are invited to this informal get-together where they can can learn more about research opportunities in the Institute for Astronomy.  The goal of this meeting is to offer them the opportunity to learn more about our Institute, possible research topics appropriate for Semesterarbeit, as well as Masterarbeit options. Read more 


Tomasz Kacprzak joins the group as a new posdoctoral fellow (October 2014)

Tomasz Kacprzak

Please join us in welcoming Tomasz Kacprzak who has recently joined our cosmology group as a postdoc. Tomek has just completed his thesis at University College London and is working on weak lensing, the Dark Energy Survey and cosmology, combining an expertise in both astronomy and machine learning. Read more 


Soma De joins the group for a new postdoctorial fellowship (June 2014)

Soma De

Join us in welcoming Soma De, a new postdoc in our Cosmology Research group in the Institute for Astronomy. Soma was formerly a postdoc in Arizona and is working on cosmology, radioactive transfer, CMB, 21cm and various other topics. Read more 


The Cosmology Research Group hosts the Swiss Cosmology Days 2014

Swiss Cosmology Days 2014

This year’s Swiss Cosmology Days took place on 6 & 7 February 2014 at ETH Zurich. The Swiss Cosmology Days are an initiative co-organized by Prof. Ruth Durrer (University of Geneva) & Prof. Alexandre Refregier (ETH Zurich). The aim of this meeting is to promote communication between Swiss Cosmologists & provide a platform for young PhD students & Postdocs to present their current research areas & results. We thank all our guests for joining! More info: Read more 

Physics News

Jan 27, 2015

Vom Anfang des Universums, 15. Feb. 2015

Am Anfang des Universums war der Urknall, sagt die moderne Kosmologie. Was war davor? Was hat den Urknall ausgelöst?   Im Museum Rietberg, 15. Februar 2015, 11-12 Uhr, Vortragssaal Park-Villa Rieter Kevin Schawinski, Professor SNF für Astrophysik, ET ...

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Jan 19, 2015

Citizen Science Workshop: 22-23 January 2015

Opportunities & Challenges of Citizen Science 22-23 January 2015, Audimax and Auditorium HG E3,  ETH Zurich free registration more…  

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Dec 12, 2014

Pendel und Feuertornado

Kindervorlesung im grossen Physik-Hörsaal am Campus Hönggerberg Prof. Hans Rudolf Ott schaukelt durch den Hörsaal? Dr. Matthias George entfacht einen Feuertornado im Seminarraum? Prof. Hans-Arno Synal untersucht das Alter einer ganz speziellen Dame? ...

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Dec 12, 2014

TOP 10: Cosmic web filament discovery

Cosmic web filament discovery hailed among top ten breakthroughs in physics of 2014 An astronomical discovery made by Sebastiano Cantalupo, who recently returned to ETH as Oberassistant at the Institute for Astronomy, has been identified by “Physics ...

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Dec 12, 2014

Anmeldung Scientifica bis 30. Jan. 2015

Teilnahme an der Scientifica 4.-6. Sept. 2015 Thema: Licht               Anmeldung bis 30. Januar 2015: Name: Scientifica/PW: sc2015 Für: Präsentation am Stand oder Kurzvorlesung 20 Min. Support: Regina Moser D-PHYS und Scienti ...

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ETH News


The two faces of Mars

Marsdichotomie (Credits: MOLA Science Team)

A moon-sized celestial object that crashed into the south pole of Mars: ETH geophysicists have conducted a three-dimensional simulation that shows for the first time how the Red Planet came to have two different hemispheres. Read more 


Demystifying nanocrystal solar cells


ETH researchers have developed a comprehensive model to explain how electrons flow inside new types of solar cells made of tiny crystals. The model allows for a better understanding of such cells and may help to increase their efficiency. Read more 


The Holocaust is not ‘unimaginable’

Gabor Hirsch, survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp. (Photo: ETH Zurich/Archives of Contemporary History)

Seventy years ago, on 27 January 1945, soldiers of the Red Army liberated the Auschwitz concentration camp. Gregor Spuhler, head of the Archives of Contemporary History at ETH Zurich, explains in an interview how his institution contributes to commemorating the Holocaust. Read more 


A fresh start for the Swiss higher education system

ETH President Lino Guzzella. (Photo: ETH Zurich/Giulia Marthaler)

As of this year, the interests of all higher education institutions in Switzerland are represented by the new Rectors’ Conference of Swiss Universities, known as swissuniversities. On Tuesday, ETH President Lino Guzzella was elected to the swissuniversities Board. Read more 


A voyage from the Earth’s crust to its mantle and back

Grafik: ETH Zurich / Fabio Crameri

Uranium isotopes leave a distinct ‘fingerprint’ in the sources of volcanic rocks, making it possible to gauge their age and origin. Geologists have gained a new understanding of how the Earth’s crust is recycled back into its interior based on these uranium isotopes. Read more 

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