In this talk I will give an overview of my work on ultra-thin magnetic films (<1 nm) and hope to convey my excitement of the incredibly rich physics playground it offers. For instance; the recent observation that relativistic effects, initially considered useless/undetectable, have huge (unexpected) impact on magnetic nanotechnology.
Strong coupling of light and matter can give rise to a multitude of exciting physical effects through the formation of delocalized hybrid light-matter states. When molecular materials with high transition dipole moments are placed in the confined fields of metallic microcavities or surface plasmons, Rabi splittings approaching 1 eV are observed due to the interaction with the vacuum electromagnetic field.
A key technology in nowadays particle accelerators, colliders and their detectors is superconductivity. “No Higgs without Superconductivity” is a very striking phrase illustrating the quest for continuous research and development of high magnetic field superconducting magnets to allow even more powerful colliders in the future. The present Large Hadron Collider with 26 kilometer circumference comprises thousands of superconducting magnets for guiding the proton beams with the speed of light.
The Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research conducts leading fundamental research in the fields of fusion energy and solar fuels, in close partnership with academia and industry.
To successfully transfer fundamental insights to society at large, we are actively building an energy science society through the formation of multidisciplinary networks. DIFFER is part of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).
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