The Nobel Prize in Physics 2016

“This year’s Laureates opened the door on an unknown world where matter exists in strange states. The Nobel Prize in Physics 2016 is awarded with one half to David J. Thouless, University of Washington, Seattle, and the other half to F. Duncan M. Haldane, Princeton University, and J. Michael Kosterlitz, Brown University, Providence. Their discoveries have brought about breakthroughs in the theoretical understanding of matter’s mysteries and created new perspectives on the development of innovative materials.

The three Laureates’ use of topological concepts in physics was decisive for their discoveries. Topology is a branch of mathematics that describes properties that only change step-wise. Using topology as a tool, they were able to astound the experts. ”

 

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Read more about this year’s prize

Popular Science Background
Scientific Background

from  www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics

Happy Birthday to superconductivity!

Well, it seems Google doesn’t care about the 104th Anniversary of the discovery of Superconductuvity. No #levitatingdoodle for us. Nonetheless today we celebrate superconductivity!
A nice occasion of outreach about this fascinating topic:
What is a superconductor?

#LevitatingDoodle

Superconductivity was discovered on April 8, 1911. We have launched the campaign ‪#‎LevitatingDoodle‬ to ask Google for a doodle to celebrate the anniversary of the discovery.
Come on, help us -> http://www3.icmm.csic.es/superconductividad/quienes-somos/actividades/levitating-doodle/

La superconduttività è stata scoperta l`8 Aprile del 1911. Abbiamo lanciato la campagna #LevitatingDoodle per chiedere a Google di commemorare l’ anniversario della scoperta con un doodle.
Partecipa anche tu! Scopri come qui -> http://www3.icmm.csic.es/superconductividad/quienes-somos/actividades/levitating-doodle/

On Air: Los superconductores del ICMM se hacen famosos!

Well,
it seems that our open days about superconductivity are so funny that even the spanish tv starts to be interested in condensed matter! The last episode of the Órbita Laika show (on air every sunday nigth) was dedicated to superconductivity. The experiments performed in the studios have been realized in cooperation with our team of researchers of the ICMM-CSIC.
Enjoy the video  ‘Órbita Laika – Superconductores’

La demostración de Antonio Martínez Ron en el programa número 9 de Órbita Laika (emitido en La 2 de TVE 08/02/2015) contó con la aparición estelar de nuestros superconductores y la primicia de nuestro nuevo tren!¿No lo has visto aún? No te lo pierdas!  ‘Órbita Laika – Superconductores’

For more information about the outreach activity on superconductivity of the ICMM-CSIC
take a look here

Más información sobre actividades de divulgación de superconductividad aquí