Kategorie: EC

Superconductivity and superfluidity

Dr. Lauri Toikka [1]
Bernd Aichner, BSc MSc. [2]

[1] University of Innsbruck
[2] (Universität Wien

Subject area:Physics
What is it: Superconductivity and superfluidity are exciting examples of quantum phenomena occurring on large scales and relatively high temperatures. One of the hallmark quantum phenomena in these systems is the appearance of quantised vortices – typically as a triangular or hexagonal array of miniature `quantum tornados’ – that most commonly result when a magnetic field penetrates a type II superconductor or when a superfluid is stirred. In this exhibition we present both experimental and theoretical research on vortices in systems with superconducting and superfluid order, and offer a demonstration of a levitating train based on the physics of a hightemperature superconductor.

Particular Plant Pigments

MSc Cintia Csorba
MSc Muhammad Ahmad

Bioresources Unit, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology

Subject area: Biology
What is it: The plant family Boraginaceae is known for the various look and application of its members. Ornamental and medicinal plants as well as herbs are found among the 2000 species. In the focus of our research stands the species alkanet, purple viper´s bugloss and viper´s bugloss flowering plants with a particular pigment in their root system. The specific pigment alkannin/shikonin has several medicinal properties which makes it especially useful for accelerating wound-healing. Besides the medical use the vivid red color of the roots caught the attention of our ancestors, thus dried and grinded roots were being used as a natural textile dye. The role of these compounds in the physiology of the plant is not clear yet, hence more research is needed. Because of the growing demand of more products in the medical and cosmeceutical industry we need to enhance the production to fit the needs. An interesting approach for increasing the concentration in our plants is to find interacting microorganisms which could boost the pathways and result in higher yields. At our stand we demonstrate the coloring properties through small experiments, show you an experimental production system and invite you for learning about plant-microbe interactions.

Marie Curie Alumni Association Austrian Chapter

Dr. Carolina Reyes
Ingrid Gabrielle do Nacimento Camargo
Alex Ricke
Zahra Mazidi

Marie Curie Alumni Association Austrian Chapter (MCAA3)

What is it: The Marie Curie Alumni Association Austrian Chapter (MCAA3) encourages local networking and supports members career development. Once more, this year’s participants can learn about the life time achievements of Marie Curie through educational games and activities including a periodic table puzzle and puzzle mix worksheet for children. Come visit our booth to prove your knowledge and win small prizes!

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