Projectruimte grant NWO for Anne de Visser
Dr Anne de Visser (Institute of Physics) has received an NWO "projectruimte" grant. His grant proposal, "Nematic superconductivity in topological materials", is aimed at a better understanding of unconventional forms of superconductivity. The grant covers the employment of a PhD student as well as €150,000 to be spent on equipment.
The NWO Science (ENW) Domain Board has granted funding for a total of eight proposals in the NWO Natuurkunde Projectruimte, a granting instrument for small scale projects that propose fundamental physics research that is innovative and has a scientific, industrial or social urgency.
De Visser's proposal aims to study topological superconductors. These superconductors offer new ways to test theories of unconventional superconductivity. The researchers will investigate rotational symmetry breaking in the superconducting properties to find solid proof for the so-called nematic superconductivity, which they discovered recently in Bi2Se3-based crystals.