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Poster prize for Nabarun Polley at APACT 19 conference

"A plasmonic fiber optic sensor for label-free and real time biosensing" - This was the title of the poster of innoFSPEC fellow Dr. Nabarun Polley at the recent APACT 19 conference in Chester/UK. With his poster in the context of this conference on "Advances in Process Analytics and Control Technology 2019" Nabarun has won the best poster award. Congratulations, Nabarun!

The APACT conference is an annual open forum for the presentation and discussion of recent scientific and engineering advances relevant to process analytics and control technologies.



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Multichannel Spectroscopy finds remnant of a Nova explosion observed by Chinese Astronomers in 48 BC

Modern astronomical observations now discovered the remnant of a nova explosion whose position corresponds to a celestial phenomenon described in ancient Chinese records. The discovery thus confirms one of the oldest astronomical observations outside the solar system. The innoFSPEC research group "Multichannel Spectroscopy" has played a significant role in this discovery.

The full English press release can be accessed here. For German news on this discovery, please have a look at the BMBF-Unternehmen-Region website.

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Illustration of the Nova’s position in the globular cluster M22.
Credit: ESA/Hubble and NASA; Montage: F. Göttgens.

New EU transfer project on the way

From galaxy research to the fight against cancer - innoFSPEC has recently acquired funding by the European Commission for the development of pioneering technology for economy and society. The rewarded idea is based on accomplishments in the transfer of high-technology from astronomy research to cancer diagnostics. The aim is an optical design study for the development of a prototype suitable for clinical studies. The innoFSPEC team under leadership of Prof. Dr. Martin Roth and a French industry partner, Winlight Systems, jointly and successfully entered the EU Attract contest. As part of the transfer idea “3D-CANCER-SPEC”, they will now develop a compact screening device, based on an original MUSE spectrograph, in a one-year funding phase. The concept will be publicized in a science journal and a presentation at the final Attract conference in September 2020 in Brussels. This support is expected to encourage funding of a medical device by funding bodies or industrial companies.

For more information please follow this link.

Sunscreen in the lab - Prof. Dr. Bernd Herzog from BASF as guest scientist

Prof. Dr. Bernd Herzog, Head of Global Development UV Protection & Scientific Liaisons at BASF, is currently our guest in Golm. Professor Herzog is both industry affiliate and Professor at the University of Basel. His research focusses on the efficiency of sunscreens. In this context, he cooperates with innoFSPEC. You can learn more about this here.


Multichannel Spectroscopy sheds light onto the end of the Dark Age in the Universe

A team of astronomers found a nearby star-forming galaxy to emit energetic photons in a similar way to the first generation of galaxies. These first galaxies turned the Universe transparent, less than one billion years after the Big Bang. Together with the Calar Alto Observatory, innoFSPEC is involved in this research in the frame of joint projects such as NIR-DETECT und NIR-CLOUD as well as based on the CAHA NIR Astrophotonics Program.

For more details please have a look at the related press release.

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photo: Green pea galaxy NGC 2366 resolved in thousands of blue (young) stars. Nebulae appear as red/rose areas. Mrk 71, the brightest one, is indicated by the arrow. Credits: J. van Eymeren & A. R. López- Sánchez (ATNF).