Balaton Summer School in Physics 2015

The Hungarian Association of Physics Students (Mafihe, NC Hungary) was founded in 1988 in Budapest, one year after the formation of IAPS. The first Summer School was organized in 1993 and continued from that time. After some years of omission we were happy to organise a Summer School again in...

IAPS & IYL – Let there be the year of light!

2015 is a magical year for sure, especially for scientists all over the world uniting to celebrate the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies. IAPS is proud to be a Silver Associate sponsor of IYL 2015 and had the privilege to participate in the Opening...

Æter - new member of IAPS

Æter in Europe. Original map by courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Being part of Scandinavia with Germany to the South, the UK to the West, Sweden to the East, and Norway to the North, Denmark is comfortably placed in Northern Europe. The country’s shape is defined by one...

PLANCKS 2015

From the 22nd to the 24th of May 2015, the second edition of PLANCKS (Physics League Across Numerous Countries for Kick-ass Students) was held. The event started on Friday with a very successful opening symposium, which hosted over 300 people.

The main event was of course the physics olympiad organised...

iaps@GranSasso

Me, walking into a sunny courtyard, then entering a narrow corridor; at its end, a hall, and a blue T-shirt already flying to my face from Leon’s hands. This is the first memory I have of iaps@GranSasso, the very first event organised in Italy by IAPS, alongside the newborn and...

What is a Photon?

Introduction

A photon is an elementary particle describing the quantum nature of light and all other forms of electromagnetic radiation. It is the force carrier for the electromagnetic force. The effects of this force are easily observed at both the microscopic, and macroscopic level resulting from the fact that...

iaps2CERN 2015: A post-mortem

The European Organisation of Nuclear Research (CERN) is the place to be for particle physics, and with 45 participants from all around the world the annual IAPS visit took place from the 20th to the 23rd of April 2015. As one of the volunteers organising the trip, and de-facto leader during the trip I...

Neutron Stars

What is a Neutron Star?

A neutron star is a compact star composed mainly of neutrons. Its size is relatively small with a radius of around 10 to 20 km. However, the mass of a neutron star is about 1.4 to 2 times more than that of the Solar...

Italy joins IAPS!

During ICPS 2014 in Heidelberg, a group of enthusiastic young physicists founded the Italian Association of Physics Students (Associazione Italiana Studenti di Fisica, AISF in Italian). The idea was ambitious and the task challenging: putting together students from all corners of our Bel Paese to create a strong network of...

ICPS 2017 in Turin?

Every year ICPS is organised by an IAPS member in a different country. We would be glad to offer the city of Turin (Torino) in Italy, as the 2017 destination.

The Italian Association of Physics Students (AISF) is quite new in IAPS, but has already proved its members’ motivation and...

Laser Cooling by the Doppler effect

The ability to cool and manipulate atoms using laser beams has allowed a relatively new, rapid expanding field to emerge. Current research focus primarily on how existing cooling techniques can be improved. The applications of cold atoms can vary from atomic clocks to studies of quantum degeneracy. This paper explains...

PLANCKS 2014

Initiative of students of Utrecht University, the Netherlands

First international theoretical physics competition great success

From Friday, 23rd till Sunday 25th May, 32 teams of students from 14 countries, participated in PLANCKS, the first international theoretical physics competition. PLANCKS was instigated and organised by students of Utrecht University in the...

ICPS 2015 - Zagreb, Croatia

Next year’s International Conference of Physics Students (ICPS) will be hosted by the Student section of the Croatian Physical Society, in Zagreb, Croatia. Find out what you can expect at 2015’s ICPS in the following article!

The National Committee (NC) Croatia had presented their bid for organising the ICPS 2015...

International Year of Light 2015

Overview

A year to highlight the importance of light and light-based technology to the citizens of the world - for this purpose the United Nations proclaimed on 20th December 2013 the year 2015 as the International Year of Light. Optical technologies become more and more...

ICPS 2016 - NC Hungary

The International Conference of Physics Students (ICPS) is organised every year by a member society of IAPS. The Hungarian Association of Physics Students (Mafihe, NC Hungary) would be pleased to host ICPS 2016. Since the first conference was organized in Hungary in 1986 by the Mafihe, thus we would love to celebrate its...

Liposomes: model of cell membranes and drug carrier systems

Liposomes are lipid vesicles made of phospholipids consisting of one or more bilayers surrounding aqueous compartments [New, 1990]. Etymology of the name liposome is derived from two Greek words: lipos = fat and soma = body. Since their discovery by Bangham et al. in 1960s, they were used mainly as...

Cancer Diagnosis in a Flash

When Sir Venkata Raman discovered the effect which was to be named after him in 1928, he had visions of shedding light on problems relating to radiation, optics and thermodynamics. Little did he know that less than a century later his discovery could be used as an innovative method to...

Electric current in the cells of our body

Have you ever asked yourself how does your heart work? Why does muscle contraction occur? By what is our sexual attraction mediated? How does our skin react to touch and from where does pain occur? All these processes have one common feature of cells in our body -...

IAPS renews cooperation with IFISO

This year the Executive Committee from the International Association of Physics Students (IAPS) supports the Informal Forum of International Student Organisations (IFISO) with one member in their management team. IAPS has not been a member of IFISO since a couple of years, but this year they became a...

CERN to switch to Comic Sans

Former ATLAS spokesperson Fabiola Gianotti announces the change to Comic Sans (Video: CERN)

From today, all of CERN’s official communication channels are switching to exclusive use of the font Comic Sans. The move comes after weeks of deliberation by CERN management and top web designers about how best...

Optofluidics - merging light and water

##Introduction The term Optofluidics was for the first time coined in 2003. Currently it is defined as a very rapidly emerging research field the main focus of which is combining microfluidics and optical technology. If we look back, in the last 5 years this terminology has become widely adopted for...

The Mafihe-jDPG Autumn School

An international autumn school was organized jointly by NC Hungary (Mafihe) and NC Germany (jDPG) between November 21-24, 2013, in Budapest. Twenty physics students from all over Germany travelled to the city to attend lectures about the physics of complex systems, take laboratory tours and, perhaps most importantly, get to...

PLANCKS

Did you ever hear of the name PLANCKS. Assuming you're a physicist, sure you have. Most likely you'll refer to the famous German physicist Max Planck, which delivered great work on black body radiation. PLANCKS however is also the abbreviation for "Physics League Across Numerous Countries for Kick-ass Students". Good chance you...

Predicting earthquakes! VLF signals

Earth's surface is under slow but continuous movement of tectonic plates due to which collisions, rupturing and micro-fracturing of rocks in the crust occurs. Huge amounts of strain energy is developed as a result of such contraction and stretching of the tectonic plates. This huge stored energy produces...

Trip to the Netherlands

3rd August, 2012. Gathering in front of the University of Novi Sad. For most of us, this was the longest trip ever. 28 passengers, 2 drivers, smiley faces; everything was ready for some good and quality time. The number of students from Serbia was not a surprise, because our young...

ICPS 2013 - Edinburgh

by Ross Donaldson

ICPS 2013 will be the 28th ICPS conference and will be hosted by Heriot-Watt University, from the 15th till the 21st of August. Heriot-Watt University is located on the Western outskirts of the capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh. This will be the first time...

AFNEUS - La fédération des étudiants en Sciences

The Association Fédérative Nationale des Étudiants Universitaire Scientifiques (AFNEUS) is an association governed by the law of July 1st, 1901. It aims at representing the science students in the various national and university bodies by means of its associations' members in the respect for their personal freedoms,...

Building “Winnie-the-Pooh” computer cluster

Institute of Theoretical Physics, University of Wrocław

One of the main difficulties faced by modern physics is a barrier associated with finding analytic solutions to, sometimes seemingly easy, problems. Some of these problems can be analysed...

A survival guide to Geneva

This year I helped organise the iaps2cern trip: on 2 - 5 April 2013, 46 students of IAPS gathered in Geneva, Switzerland to see for themselves what all the fuss about this research centre is for. It is already for several consecutive years that IAPS takes a...

NC Croatia

I am sure you have all become well acquainted with the Croats in your ICPS experience so far. They are the friendly and loud part of the ICPS parties, they migrate to the host countries in larger numbers with each passing year, they have brought to you student lectures ranging...

Claytronics: from Atoms to Catoms

##Abstract  Billions of microscopic robots working together in a vast network to build 3D objects that can change colour, feel solid to the touch, can be moulded and changed into almost anything. Claytronics i.e. programmable matter could change the world as we know it.

You are probably thinking what is...

3D OLED Displays

##Introduction to 3D displays What must a 2D plane do to make a viewer think that they are actually looking into a 3D space? This has been a question to many scientists and engineers worldwide to create a non-volumetric display which is capable of giving viewers stereoscopic cues for a...

Radio Frequency Identification

##History RFIDs have existed for over 50 years and devices that roughly resemble the operating principles of RFIDs can be traced back to the Second World War[1]. German scientists at the time discovered that by rolling their planes whenever they were returning to base, pilots changed the reflected radio signal...

Conformal Gravity

##Possibly the Next Revolution in Gravity Research The problem of gravitation in all likelihood goes back to the very first questions Man asked about the world, however to this day problems persists with our understanding of the how and why it works the way it does. What is and was...