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  • The Experiment: Bucket List Summer

    We don’t know about you, but we’ve come across dozens of “summer bucket lists” online – they were almost begging us to try them out. So that’s what we did: took some items off random lists online, added our personal touch, and set off on adventures – big or small. Below, you will find our accounts of what happened next, which we hope will inspire you to run an experiment of your own this August.


  • Russian Scientists Develop Super Resonator in the Microwave Range

    Results of the research performed by a joint team of physicists from ITMO University, Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University "LETI", and the Australian National University, can be used to design highly efficient compact elements for microwave and optical devices, particularly elements for optical computers.


  • Harvard Professor Stefanie Stantcheva on the Role of Surveys and Experiments in Economy

    Stefanie Stantcheva, one of 2018’s best young economists according to The Economist, has recently given a talk as part of a guest lecture series at the New Economic School (NES) and talked about why the public's perceptions of economic problems are valuable for scientists. In this article, ITMO.NEWS sums up the main points of her speech.


  • ITMO University Researchers Create a Terahertz Holographic Spectrometer During Self-Isolation

    The pandemic and self-isolation have ruined plans of many scientists: the conferences are postponed, the publishing of articles is delayed, and many projects are frozen. However, research activities are taking place. For example, ITMO University scientists have created a terahertz holographic spectrometer that they need for studying vortex beams of electromagnetic radiation at home. This research is a part of developing new efficient technologies for wireless data transmission. ITMO.NEWS asked the creators of the device how they managed to make it during self-isolation.


  • The Experiment: A Week Without Coffee

    Hello, we are Anastasias, and we are coffee addicts. We love coffee for so many reasons: the rich taste, the delicious aroma of roasted beans, the feeling of excitement and euphoria caffeine evokes in us, and just the ritual of taking a rest from your daily routine and sitting down with a cup of latte. However, though reinvigorating and delicious, coffee has its fair share of drawbacks, as it increases anxiety, reduces sleep and causes energy spikes and crashes. So we decided to do the unspeakable: attempt to give up coffee for a week. Will we make it out alive? Let’s find out!


  • Social Anthropology Expedition: the Secret Lives of Physiologists

    A group of lecturers and PhD students from the Higher School of Economics (HSE), along with a researcher from ITMO University’s Science Communication Master’s program went on an unconventional sociological expedition called “Koltushi. Into Pavlov’s scientific world.” The researchers spent two weeks observing the way employees at Pavlov Institute of Physiology work and interact with each other. Read on to learn more on how to tell physiologists and doctors apart, why physiologists give each other lemons on New Year, and why the lives of scientists should be studied. 


  • Cats Can Love

    American scientists from the Oregon State University studied cats’ attachment to their owners. Some time before, the specialists had already come to the conclusion that dogs and small children have similar attachment to their close ones, but cats’ behavior is quite different: they are more independent. The article’s authors conducted an experiment to tell whether cats can love as strongly as kids or dogs.


  • ITMO Researchers Discover New Properties of Terahertz Radiation

    The staff of ITMO University’s International Laboratory of Femtosecond Optics and Femtotechnologies have recently published an article in a prestigious journal Scientific Reports. Their work explores the advantages of the Z-scan method with pulsed terahertz radiation. Based on the results of their research, the scientists proposed a set of recommendations for future studies of nonlinear properties of terahertz radiation. Read on to learn more about the authors of the article and practical applications of their work.


  • ITMO University’s UniFEL Center Staff to Conduct New Research at European XFEL

    European XFEL is a research facility housing the world’s most powerful X-ray free-electron laser, which allows scientists to observe chemical reactions, decipher the structure of complex biological objects, and solve other topical tasks. In 2018, ITMO University scientists for the first time gained full independent access to the facility’s equipment and carried out research on a new class of materials. This fall, they will use the facility to work with the ultrafast demagnetization effect to consequently apply it in high-speed magnetic storage devices.


  • ITMO Physicists Found New Way to Optimize Nanoparticles and Light Interaction

    ITMO scientists have been the first to describe new features of dielectric nanoparticles’ optical response using an improved method for electromagnetic field analysis that can take into account more complex configurations of bias currents inside the objects. These effects allow to better understand the processes in nanoparticles and adjust their behavior for more efficient light control in devices such as nanolasers or sensors. The results have been published in Laser and Photonics Reviews and selected as materials for the issue cover.