31. July 2020

Other July News in Brief

Research from CEBI on consumption during corona shutdown in PNAS; DAWN separates gamma rays into two classes using Al algorithm; PRIVACY has launched a series of research videos; project from Hy-Q makes progress with upscaling of quantum photonic theory; and researchers from CNG discover a new kind of 2D materials. All this in the DNRF’s Other July News in Brief here. 

Research from CEBI on consumption during corona shutdown in PNAS

Consumer spending in both Denmark and Sweden has been reduced evenly during the COVID-19 shutdown in recent months, even though only Denmark imposed significant restrictions on economic activities. This is the main conclusion of a study conducted by the Center of Excellence CEBI, which has been covered by the New York Times and Die Welt and published in the scientific journal PNAS. Behind the study is Associate Professor Asger Lau Andersen, Ph.D. student Emil Toft Hansen, Professor MSO Niels Johannesen, and post-doc Adam Sheridan from CEBI at the University of Copenhagen.

Read the paper from CEBI in PNAS here

You can read a short press release from CEBI here

Read the article in the New York Times here

Read the article from Die Welt here


Researchers from DAWN separate gamma-ray bursts into two classes using Al algorithm

Using a machine learning algorithm, a research team from the Center of Excellence DAWN at the Niels Bohr Institute has developed a method for classifying gamma-ray bursts without having to find an afterglow. Gamma-ray bursts, also known as GRBs, are short-lived explosions in distant galaxies and one of the most violent phenomena in the universe after the Big Bang. The classification from DAWN may prove to be the key to discovering the origin of these electromagnetic flashes, which have long been a mystery to astrophysicists worldwide. The study was recently published in the scientific journal The Astrophysical Journal Letters. 

Read more about the study in a press release from DAWN here

The Danish Festival Bloom interviewed Associate Professor Watson from DAWN about the team’s research on the heaviest elements of the universe. Watch the video with Professor Watson here


PRIVACY launches a series of videos on the center’s activities and research

The DNRF’s Center for Privacy Studies (PRIVACY) at the University of Copenhagen launched a number of videos about the center’s current activities as well as about research into privacy in general. The video material is based on research from some of the center’s researchers and their work at PRIVACY, including post-doc Fredrik Torisson, Professor Maarten Delbeke, and head of center Mette Birkedal Bruun, among others. In addition to the videos, PRIVACY also produces a podcast series and a blog where you can learn more about the center’s research.

You can watch the different videos from PRIVACY here

Listen to PRIVACY’s podcasts with host and post-doc Natália da Silva Perez here

You can find PRIVACY’s blog here


Hy-Q is making progress with upscaling of quantum-theoretical project

A three-year project from the Center of Excellence Hy-Q at the University of Copenhagen is making progress in upscaling quantum photonic theories and algorithms for use in real life. The project, called VLS-QPP, is led by head of center at Hy-Q, Peter Lodahl, and has been underway since April 2017. The goal is to be able to use so-called silicon photonic platforms for the benefit of, among other things, biochemical processes for drug discovery and data security through the development and implementation of new and more secure quantum solutions. The progress of the project is described in an international article from EU Research Results.

Learn more about the project from Hy-Q in an article from CORDIS EU Research Results here


Researchers from CNG discover a new class of 2D materials

Ph.D. student Anders C. Riis-Jensen and Professor Kristian S. Thygesen from the Center of Excellence CNG at the Technical University of Denmark, together with researchers from Singapore, have made it possible to produce a completely new group of 2D materials. 2D materials are some of the thinnest materials available, as they consist of a single or a few layers of atoms. By inserting atoms between two or more layers of stacked 2D materials, the research team has found a new class of 2D materials, which they call a kind of 2.5D materials, as they lie between 2D and 3D. The discovery of the new class of 2D materials opens up new possibilities in the work of material design and has recently been published in the scientific journal Nature Nanotechnology.

Read more about the discovery from CNG in Nature Nanotechnology here

You can read more about the study at CNG in a press release from the Technical University of Denmark here

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