H. Boerner

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The discrete quantum properties of matter are manifest in a variety of phenomena. Any particle that is trapped in a sufficiently deep and wide potential well is settled in quantum bound states. For example, the existence of quantum states of electrons in an electromagnetic field is responsible for the structure of atoms, and quantum states of nucleons in a(More)
One of the most striking predictions of Einstein's special theory of relativity is also perhaps the best known formula in all of science: E=mc(2). If this equation were found to be even slightly incorrect, the impact would be enormous--given the degree to which special relativity is woven into the theoretical fabric of modern physics and into everyday(More)
Thermoresponsive polymer coatings allow the control of adhesion of cells on synthetic substrates. In particular, decreasing the temperature below the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) of the polymer triggers the non-invasive detachment of cells from their cultivation substrate. Widening the range of applications of these coatings in cellular(More)
Self-assembled peptide-polymer nanotapes of poly(ethylene oxide)-peptide conjugates are modified by a simple amine-azide transfer to create azide-containing nanofibres, which provide a platform for modular functionalization as demonstrated by the introduction of different carboxyl bearing entities to modulate the calcium binding properties of the nanotapes.
We studied the neutron quantum states in the potential well formed by the Earth's gravitational field and a horizontal mirror. The estimated characteristic sizes of the neutron wave functions in two lowest quantum states correspond to their expectations with an accuracy of ≈25 %. The spatial density distribution in a standing neutron wave above a mirror was(More)
The Crystal-GRID method is used to study interatomic collisions at low energy in metals and such to probe the repulsive interatomic potential. Line shapes of gamma rays, emitted by the recoiling (59)Ni isotope after thermal neutron capture in Ni single crystals, were measured and compared to results obtained by molecular dynamics simulations of the slowing(More)
In the GRID technique one measures Doppler-broadened line profiles of γ transitions using the high resolution crystal spectrometers GAMS, which are installed at the high flux reactor of the ILL Grenoble. One of the essential applications of this technique is the measurement of nuclear state lifetimes. In the present contribution the precision and the(More)
Lifetimes of levels from K(π) = 2(+), K(π) = 4(+) and several K(π) = 0(+) bands have been measured in the (178)Hf nucleus using the GRID technique. Lifetimes of the 2(+) and 3(+) levels were measured within the K(π) = 2(+) γ band. A lower limit was established for the lifetime of the 4(+) level of the K(π) = 4(+) band. The resulting upper limits for the(More)
Crystal-GRID measurements have been performed with ZnS single crystals. For the first time, an asymmetric Crystal-GRID line shape could be observed. The preliminary data evaluation indicates that the reported lifetime of the 3221 keV level in (33)S is too short. A value of about 60 fs has been found. Due to this "long" lifetime the line shape is much less(More)