of the National Center of Competence in Research on
Materials with Novel Electronic Properties / NCCR MaNEP

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Exchange bias in LaNiO3-LaNiO3 superlattices

Femtosecond Dynamics of the Collinear-to-Spiral Antiferromagnetic Phase

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Prof. Oystein FischerBy Prof. Øystein Fischer

In this edition, I am very pleased and honoured to wish a warm welcome to eight new MaNEP Forum members and associate members: Radovan Cerny, Manfred Fiebig, Antoine Georges, Corinna Kollath, Christian Rüegg, Carmine Senatore, Nicola Spaldin and Philipp Werner. Some of them have already actively participated in MaNEP activities and there is no doubt that all of them represent a great asset for our NCCR, which takes always more magnitude with its excellent results.


MaNEP continues its scientific progress with a large number of excellent papers - including great publications in "Nature" and "Science"-, some of which are highlighted in this newsletter. A lot of important scientific results are also described in the 11th MaNEP annual Progress report that has now been sent to the SNSF. Thanks a lot to all of you who contributed to the realization of this document.

The next report will be of a different nature since it will focus on the main MaNEP highlights over MaNEP's twelve years of existence. It will be a challenge to resume this amount of work and as always we will need many hands and brains, yours.

The ambition to pursue this strong collaboration between MaNEP members after June 2012 is a prior objective. Therefore, the MaNEP scientific committee as well as the MaNEP management are activily working on preparing this "after NCCR MaNEP" period. In the coming newsletters we shall keep you informed as we progress along this road.

Advancement of women / Summer Internships Program

It is no secret that there are few women in the world of physics and in science in general. Experience has shown that one of the numerous and complex reasons is a certain lack of confidence that young women have in their abilities to contemplate a career in research and/or academic research. This is why, as a contribution to encouraging young women to pursue their careers in physics, MaNEP offers female students in their 3rd or 4th year of studies in physics a unique opportunity to spend one month in one of MaNEP's top level research groups between July and September. To provide an additional incentive, a financial support is given for the duration of the internship. Since 2004, 54 summer internships have been awarded by MaNEP encouraging several of the participants to attempt a more ambitious career in physics than they had originally considered, as personal interviews have revealed.
Applications must be submitted by June 30, 2012 to the MaNEP Group leaders of your university or institute. [more info]