First round 2018/19

In total 815 people participated in the first round of the Physics Olympiad 2018/19. 101 participants achieved the necessary 12 points to qualify for the preparation camp and the second round. Additionally, 27 wild cards were handed out. We would like to thank all participants and teachers for taking part in the competition.

The point spread of the first round 2018/19. The maximum number of points was 23. Credits: Sebastian Stengele

We would like to invite the following people to the preparation camp and to the second round:

Dario Ackermann Mickaël Antille Clemence Bachmann Konstantinos Bailas
Thibaud Banderet Simeon Barbey Alexander Basler Alesch Bättig
Yanis Bena Adam Berglund Erik Bernasconi Manon Bertola
Noè Bizzozero Aaron Bojarski Geronimo Bonivino Gonchigsuren Bor
Ramón Buchenberger Simon Bührer Florence Bur Tom Burger
Matthias Bürgler Micha Buri Nicolas Camenisch Fabian Colombo
Dave Corba Leon Dahinden Flavio Dalessi Marina De Franceschi
Michélle Dreifuss Tobias Ehrsam André Emmenegger Hiro Farre
Tobias Feigenwinter Benjamin Frei Elia Gacond Dario Gartmann
Adrian Gashi Max Generowicz Josep Girau Pieck Livia Gisler
Keanu Gleixner Fabian Graf Oliver Graf Julia Gschwind
Valentin Haechler Gabriel Heinrich Häfeli Lukas Hartmann Alexandre Hayderi
Gian Carlo Heller Jonathan Hemmi Lukas Hertel Florian Hoffmann
Jonas Hofmann Jiri Kaeser Hans Kieninger Orelian Kohler
Noah Koller This Koster Max Krummenacher Eliane Läuchli
Ruben Lippuner Lukas Loettgen Justus Maleck David Maleck
Jonas Mall Alex Marugg Adeline Mathier Jonas Meier
Mischa Meier Felix Meierhofer Antonin Mignot Nicola Minikus
Andrea Müller Andres Neff Yannic Neusüss Loïc Nicollerat
Jan Obermeier Noé Orlando Martin Oswald Nathan Perruchoud
Daniel Pfister Gian Pfluger Nicolas Profumo Tabea Quaderer
Tobias Riesen Etienne Rösli Noah Roux Florin Rüedi
Hanna Rutschmann Danny Sahan Yann Savioz Nils Schlatter
Nicolas Schmid Vincent Schüpbach Jonas Schweiger Tobias Senn
Lucas Shang Tianci Shao Azra Smajic Alexandra Smirnova
Cédric Solenthaler Meredit Sommer Alexander Sotoudeh Sven Steffen
Julian Steinmann Dion Stöcklin Eric Ströher Maxime Tanner
Alec Tarashev Axel Vanoni Robin von Reding Samuel Wahab
Aaron Wahl Pius Walser Tobias Weber Georgette Weingärtner
Cedric Wenger Mario Wildhaber Nicolas Willimann Max Wipfli
Luis Wirth Emmanuel Witschi Marie Wolf Yanjun Zhou
Elias Züllig Raphael Zumbrunn Aurel Zurcher Peter Zweifel

All participants listed here will receive an invitation with further information by email. If you don't receive an email by 13.10.2018, please contact Sebastian Stengele as soon as possible.

IPhO 2018: Results

The international physics Olympiad took place from 21. To 29. July and had the best 400 young talents competing for medals. On the two examination days the young physicists solved three theoretical problems and conducted two experiments. They examined the elasticity of a polymer fiber, analyzed the signal of a gravitational wave and modelled the growth of a tumor. Lionel Philippoz, astrophysicist and supervisor of the Swiss team emphasizes: „The problems originate from current research problems. The high school students practiced how to think like researchers. They will hugely profit from this experience in the future.”

Text: Miriam Sager

From left to right: Arthur, Tobias, Hiro, Tim, Ciril. Picture: Lionel Philippoz

Switzerland was represented by:

  • Arthur Jaques, from Massagno/TI (Liceo Lugano 2)
  • Tobias Hächler, from Binningen/BL (Gymnasium Oberwil)
  • Hiro Farré Kaga, from Rolle/VD (Institut le Rosey)
  • Tim Mosimann, from Bellmund/BE (Gymnasium Biel-Seeland)
  • Ciril Humbel, from Burg/AG (Alte Kantonsschule Aarau)

Tobias Hächler won an honorable mention. Congratulations!

The complete results can be viewed here
Press release

EuPhO 2018: Results

The European Physics Olympiad 2018 (EuPhO) took place from 28. May to 1. June in Dolgoprudny near Moscow, Russia. The EuPhO was held for only the second time but this was the first time that Switzerland participated. Switzerland was represented by:

  • Namu Bae, from Morges/VD (Gymnase de Renens)
  • Matthias Bürgler, from Brunnen/SZ (Kantonsschule Schwyz)
  • Keanu Gleixner, from Dättwil/AG (Kantonsschule Baden)
  • Marco Rotschi, from Mönchaltorf/ZH (Kantonsschule Uster)
  • Severin Spörri, from Stein am Rhein/SH (Kantonsschule am Burggraben)

From left to right: Barbara Roos (Leader), Namu, Keanu, Matthias, Severin, Marco, Alfredo Mastrocola (Observer)

The competition consisted of two exams, each lasting five hours. In the experimental part, students had to examine a porous membrane with diffusion and optical methods. The theoretical part consisted of three problems that had to be solved using concepts from mechanics, magnetism, thermodynamics and calculus of variations. The problems required a lot of creativity and understanding of physics. The exam was very challenging which is reflected by the results that the students achieved: The best participant overall achieved 31.1 of 50 points. After the official corrections, the participants could do the moderation themselves. They could discuss unclear parts with the correctors.

In addition, the participants had the opportunity to visit Moscow and meet like-minded students from all over Europe.

Discovering Moscow

The results were announced during the final ceremony and Switzerland won an award. Namu Bae won an honorable mention! Congratulations!
Press release

Namu Bae with his honorable mention

All participants of EuPho 2018

© Pictures: Barbara Roos

Results Final 2018

Aarau - The final round of the Swiss Physics Olympiad took place at NKSA in Aarau on 24. and 25. March. The 24 participants who qualified at the second round in January, solved exams for over 6 hours. Their goal was to win a spot on one of the two teams that will represent Switzerland at the International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) and at the European Physics Olympiad (EuPhO).

The exams were a big challenge for the participants. The theoretical problems covered a wide range of topics such as magnetic dipoles, the spectrum of Saturn and the composition of the nucleus of an atom. In the experimental part, the practical skills of the participants were tested. First, the thickness of a tungsten wire had to be determined very precisely. Afterwards, the students were asked to calculate the temperature of the tungsten wire in the light bulb using measurements of voltage and current.

The final ranking of the SwissPhO 2017 is given as follows:

Rang Name Region Points (Max. 120) Medal Team Special Award
1 Julius Vering de 60.75 Gold SPG-Award 1
2 Arthur Jaques it 47.75 Gold IPhO SPG-Award 2
3 Ciril Humbel de 45.75 Gold IPhO
4 Tim Mosimann de 44.75 Gold IPhO
5 Hiro Josep Kaga fr 44.25 Gold IPhO
6 Tobias Hächler de 42.75 Silver IPhO
7 Keanu Gleixner de 40.75 Silver EuPhO
8 Namu Bae fr 38.75 Silver EuPhO
9 Severin Spörri de 38.00 Silver EuPhO
10 Bibin Muttappillil de 37.75 Silver
11 Erwan Serandour fr 37.50 Bronze
12 Marco Rotschi de 35.50 Bronze EuPhO
13 Matthias Bürgler de 34.00 Bronze EuPhO
14 Lennart Horn de 32.75 Bronze
15 Lucas Dodgson de 31.25 Bronze
16 Louis Linder de 29.75
17 Eric Ströher fr 28.25
18 Thoma Leisibach de 27.50
19 Ramon Buchenberger de 25.75
20 Jonas Raich de 24.75
21 Edouard Dufour de 24.25
22 Andreas Schneider de 21.75
23 Laura Nydegger de 21.00
Non-competitive (Liechtenstein):
Mario Wildhaber FL 18.75

1) Best swiss participant (Swiss Physical Society prize)
2) Second best swiss participant (Swiss Physical Society prize)

Congratulations to all participants. We encourage all participants to take part again next year. The experience you gained this year will definitely give you an advantage next year. Students who are no longer allowed to participate next year are welcome to get in touch with us, if they are interested in helping SwissPho organize future events.

Official press release: German, French, Italian.

A few pictures from the final round

Experimantal Exam1
Theoretical Exam1
Gold Medalists

© Bilder : Markus Meier