Please contact Dr. Ulrike Boehm if you would like to participate or if you would like to suggest a suitable candidate. We reported about our initiative in the April issue of the Physikjournal in 2018. The German article can be found here.
Participants of previous years can be found here: 2018 and 2019.
Prof. Dr. Juliane König-Birk (Heilbronn) - Kalenderwoche 33
Juliane is the Dean of the Faculty Industrial and Process Engineering at Heilbronn University. The faculty consists of different master and bachelor courses such as production and process management, technical logistics management or process engineering. She holds a doctorate in physics in the field of nanooptics and surface physics. As Dean she is responsible for the organisation and supervision of teaching and the scientific facilities of the faculty. In addition to these tasks, Juliane herself gives physics lectures for engineers but also for children and organizes research workshops in order to awaken and maintain young people’s interest in physics and technology. Her field of research is the technical component cleanliness.
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M.Sc. Katharina Dort (Giessen / Hamburg / Geneva) - Kalenderwoche 32
Katharina is a PhD student in the Experimental Physics department at CERN in affiliation with the Justus-Liebig University in Giessen. For her PhD, she works on the research and development of silicon pixel detectors for future high-energy physics experiments. The detectors are required to deliver simultaneous micrometer spatial and nanosecond timing information about charged particles while operating in a harsh radiation environment. For the assessment of novel detector prototypes, she tests the devices in simulations and particle beams at DESY and CERN. She is particularly fascinated about the interdisciplinary collaboration with engineers that her work offers as well as spin-off applications in medicine and related fields.
M.Sc. Eva-Maria Prexl (München) - Kalenderwoche 31
Eva is a PhD student at the Munich School of BioEngineering at the Technical University of Munich in the group of Biomedical Physics of Prof. Franz Pfeiffer. She studied physics at the Technical University of Munich and specialized on biomedical imaging at the interface between physics and medicine. In her PhD, she is working on potential clinical applications of grating-based X-ray imaging. The method uses an interferometer to simultaneously extract the conventional attenuation image, a phase image and a dark-field image from a single image acquisition. With this threefold image contrast it is possible to visualize many pathologies ranging from stroke over lung diseases to breast cancer among many others.
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Dr. Alice Sandmeyer (Bielefeld) - Kalenderwoche 30
For her whole academic career, Alice was working in the “Biomolecular Photonics” Group of Prof. Dr. Thomas Huser at the University Bielefeld – from Bachelor to PhD and few months of PostDoc. For her PhD thesis, she focused her research on designing compact and cost-efficient fluorescence microscopes, which are used for biological and medical imaging. A fast 3D fluorescence microscope was even shipped to New York City to image the HIV infection pathway. Other scopes were capable of super-resolution imaging, so that structures below the diffraction limit could be resolved. In detail, a SOFI (Super-resolution optical fluctuation imaging) and a SIM (Structured Illumination Microscopy) microscope were built, whereas the last one is even capable of real-time reconstruction. All scopes were designed and built with cost efficiency in mind to facilitate the dissemination of super-resolution fluorescence microscopy techniques, so that more facilities can do advanced imaging.
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M.Sc. Sudarshana Laha (Dresden) - Kalenderwoche 29
Sudarshana is currently a PhD student in the research group of Christoph A. Weber at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (MPI-PKS), Dresden. Her group ‘ Mesoscopic Physics of Life ’ is also affiliated with the Center for Systems Biology Dresden (CSBD). She is working in the field of theoretical biophysics, studying the interplay of liquid-liquid phase separation and biochemical reactions in biological systems. Recent studies have brought into prominence how membrane-less organelles are formed in cells governed by the physics of binary/multicomponent phase separation. Her goal is to broadly understand the dynamics of ongoing phase separation and biochemical reactions of molecules in such in vivo and in vitro systems.
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M.Sc. Kristina Barragán Sanz (Bonn) - Kalenderwoche 28
Kristina is a PhD student at caesar, a neuroethology research institute in Bonn, which is associated with the Max Planck Society. In the group of Dr. Stephan Irsen, she works at the interface of physics, structural biology and neuroscience. For her PhD, she develops a novel type of phase plate, to enhance contrast in cryo-transmission electron microscopy. The goal of her PhD thesis is to visualize a high resolution structure of small proteins (<100kDa).
Foto-Rechte: M.Sc. Kristina Barragán Sanz
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Elke Neu-Ruffing (Kaiserslautern) - Kalenderwoche 27
Elke is an experimental physicist working interdisciplinary at the intersection of quantum technologies and biophysics. Since February 2020 she leads the Biophysics and Quantum Sensing group at University of Kaiserslautern. They are studying atomic-sized defects, so called color centers, in diamond as sensors. Their color centers are highly controllable quantum systems that enable to sense e.g. magnetic fields and optical near fields on the nanoscale. They are exploring to use these centers for biophysics where they can e.g. detect tiny currents occurring in living organisms.
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Dr. Silvia Viola Kusminskiy (Erlangen) - Kalenderwoche 26
Silvia is a theoretical physicist working at the intersection of condensed matter physics and quantum optics. She is the leader of the group Theory of Hybrid Quantum Systems at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light. With the help of her team, she studies the interaction between light and collective excitations in condensed matter systems at the micro/nanoscale, with emphasis on systems based on magnetic materials. Her goal is to learn how to tailor the interactions and the dynamics of these hybrid systems, in order to unravel quantum phenomena at unprecedented scales.
Foto-Rechte: Dr. Silvia Viola Kusminskiy
Prof. Dr. Ursula Wurstbauer (Münster) - Kalenderwoche 25
Ursula is an experimental solid state physicist and professor at the Institute of Physics at Münster University. The group focuses on exploring the optical and electronic properties of two-dimensional materials, related hetero- and hybrid structures and solid-state based nanosystems with special emphasize on emergent quantum states, interaction driven phenomena and collective behavior. To investigate those systems, the group uses state-of the art nanofabrication, various optical spectroscopy and microscopy techniques complemented with magnetotransport experiments in a full temperature range down to a few millikelvins.
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Dr. Wiebke Jahr (Klosterneuburg / Vienna) - Kalenderwoche 24
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Prof. Dr. Kathy Lüdge (Berlin) - Kalenderwoche 23
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Dr. Miriam Rengel (Göttingen) - Kalenderwoche 22
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Prof. Dr. Regina Hoffmann-Vogel (Potsdam-Golm) - Kalenderwoche 21
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B.Sc. Florina Schalamon (Mainz) - Kalenderwoche 20
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Prof. Dr. Karen Alim (Göttingen / München) - Kalenderwoche 19
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Susanne Westhoff (Heidelberg) - Kalenderwoche 18
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Susanne Westhoff is a theoretical particle physicist at Heidelberg University. With her research group she searches for signs of dark matter and other kinds of new physics at particle colliders. Susanne loves working directly with experimentalists at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN to invent new data analyses together. Now that her daily work is mostly confined to her kitchen table, she wishes she was at the Aspen Center for Theoretical Physics in Aspen, Colorado, where physicists from around the world like to spend their summer discussing new research ideas - and climbing the Rockies.
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Dr. Christina Eilers (Boston, MA) - Kalenderwoche 17
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M.Sc. Najd Altwaijry (Garching/Munich) - Kalenderwoche 16
Foto-Rechte: Matthew Weidman
Dr. Ann-Kathrin Schütz (Tübingen) - Kalenderwoche 15
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M.Sc. Katharina Kolatzki (Zürich, Switzerland) - Kalenderwoche 14
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Dr. Marie Walde (Roscoff, France) - Kalenderwoche 13
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B.Sc. Lara Grabitz (Heidelberg) - Kalenderwoche 12
Lara is a master's student at the University of Heidelberg. During her Bachelor thesis in theoretical particle physics, she looked at Di-Higgs production processes to study physics beyond the Standard Model. These processes are especially interesting as they have not yet been measured at the LHC due to the low cross section. Besides her studies Lara is passionate about science networking and education. She is a committee member of the German Network of Young Scientists and holds the committee position for education at the young German Physical Society.
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Dr. Vanessa Graber (Barcelona) - Kalenderwoche 11
Vanessa is a theoretical astrophysicist who investigates different aspects of neutron stars physics, the densest objects in our Universe. One of her main research interests focuses on the interface between astrophysics and condensed matter physics, specifically the implications of so-called superfluid and superconducting components on observable parameters. The interdisciplinary nature of this research is one of Vanessa's main reasons for studying neutron stars. As a senior postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Space Sciences (ICE-CSIC) in Barcelona, Vanessa recently started working on a new project related to the population synthesis of isolated neutron stars.
Foto-Rechte: Morgan Mouton
Dr. Flore Kunst (Garching/Munich) - Kalenderwoche 10
Flore finished her PhD at Stockholm University last year, where she worked on non-interacting topological phases in various contexts. The unifying feature of such phases is the existence of robust, electronic states on the boundaries, and during her PhD she worked on developing a method with which to find exact solutions to describe the wave functions of states. More recently, she started looking at the effects of dissipation in these models, which leads to many new exotic features. She will continue working on such nonequilibrium topological phases both in the single-particle limit as well as the many-body case during her time as a Max-Planck-Harvard Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics.
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M. Sc. Charlotte Beelen (Oldenburg) - Kalenderwoche 9
Charlotte is a PhD student at the university of Oldenburg in the DFG research training group "Molecular basis of sensory biology". She is working on a computational model of the first step in vision: a biochemical signalling cascade that takes place in rod cells in the eye. This interdisciplinary approach at the interface of physics, chemistry and biology allows a comprehensive description of the signalling cascade and predictions of its behaviour in different conditions, e.g. different light stimuli or a genetic mutation leading to a disease. Astonishingly, rod cells can detect single photons, and thus operate at the physical measurement limit. Charlotte and her collaborators are performing stochastic simulations to understand the statistics of this phenomenon.
Foto-Rechte: M. Sc. Charlotte Beelen
Prof. Dr. Laura Na Liu (Heidelberg) - Kalenderwoche 8
Laura is a Professor at the Kirchhoff-Institute for Physics at the Heidelberg University. She works at the interface between nanophotonics, biology, and chemistry. Her group focuses on developing sophisticated and smart optical nanosystems for answering structural biology questions as well as catalytic chemistry questions in local environments.
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Prof. Dr. Claudia Eberlein (Loughborough, UK) - Kalenderwoche 7
Claudia is a Professor of Theoretical Physics and Dean of the School of Science at Loughborough University. Her research involves the application of quantum field theory to nanotechnology. Charged or polarizable quantum systems interact with the quantized electromagnetic field which leads to quantum corrections, e.g. the Lamb shift in atoms or the anomalous magnetic moment of the electron. This interaction is affected by the presence of material boundaries that reflect, refract, or absorb light, and this causes spatial variations in these quantum corrections that can be exploited for nanotechnology. However, after three decades of research in this field, Claudia now spends most of her time leading the School of Science, which comprises 5 academic disciplines and includes 240 staff and 2200 students, and contributing to the leadership and management of Loughborough University.
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Dr. Almut Beige (Leeds, UK) - Kalenderwoche 6
Almut is the Head of the Theoretical Physics group at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. Since completing her PhD at the University of Goettingen, Almut has been fascinated with the often very strange implications of quantum physics. Already in 2000, she used such implications to design more efficient quantum computing schemes in open quantum systems. Some of her ideas are currently implemented in labs worldwide. Recently, Almut's groups became fascinated by quantum photonics and tries to better understand different ways of seeing light.
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Dr. Elisa Palacino González (Berlin) - Kalenderwoche 5
Elisa Palacino González holds a doctoral degree from the Technical University of Munich in the area of Theoretical Nonlinear Optical Spectroscopy of molecules. One of the main goals in her PhD work was the development of methods for the simulation and interpretation of nonlinear optical spectroscopic signals in the UV region, as an approach to understand the ultrafast nuclear dynamics of nontrivial model systems. Now she is working as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Max Born-Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short-Pulse Spectroscopy in Berlin, where she is focused on the combined application of ab initio calculations and QM/MM methods with the simulation of nonlinear optical IR spectra to explain the mechanisms behind the photoinduced dynamics of molecules in solvated environments.
Foto-Rechte: Dr. Elisa Palacino González
Prof. Dr. Daniela Rupp (Zürich) - Kalenderwoche 4
Daniela and her group at ETH Zurich investigate the structure and dynamics of nanoparticles. Using intense X-ray flashes, they take snapshots of individual nanoparticles in free flight by light scattering – this is called coherent diffraction imaging. For their experiments, they either travel to huge X-ray free-electron lasers or use high-intensity laboratory lasers to generate short-wave light pulses. With coherent diffraction imaging, it has become possible to investigate the structure of fragile nanostructures that cannot be deposited and introduced into an electron microscope. In addition, the ultra-short pulses allow for obtaining movies of extremely fast dynamics in these small particles. The investigations help gaining new insights into the processes leading to structure formation and developing a better understanding and control of the interaction of intense X-ray pulses with matter.
Foto-Rechte: Jakob Jordan