Are you a woman in physics in Germany or a German woman in physics abroad, and would you like to highlight your field of research within the "Physikerin der Woche" initiative? If so, please contact Dr. Ulrike Boehm .
Women in physics of all career stages can participate (bachelor students, master students, postdocs, group leaders, professors).
Alternatively, please feel free to suggest suitable candidates.
You can find an article and a poster about our initiative in the April 2018 and February 2021 issues of the Physik-Journal. Please feel free to print the poster and advertise our initiative at your research institution.
Dr. E. Liliana Macotela (Kühlungsborn) - Kalenderwoche 38
Liliana is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Rostock, working at the Leibniz Institute of Atmospheric Physics in Kühlungsborn. Her research focuses on the dynamics of winds, solar tides, and neutral temperatures in the mesosphere. This topic is part of an effort to understand a new phenomenon in the D-region that she and her team discovered in 2020. They named this phenomenon “the fall-effect,” which is observed as an increase in the received very low frequency (VLF) radio signal amplitude during fall when compared to the received amplitude during spring. Liliana is also interested in studying the ionospheric D-region behavior under the influence of different phenomena located in space (e.g., solar flares, gamma-ray bursts) or at Earth (e.g., lightning emissions), and the highest frequency range of VLF emissions coming from the magnetosphere.
Liliana has recently been awarded the MSCA-IF (Marie Curie grant) to work on the D-region and magnetospheric topics using the VLF wave propagation. As part of this grant, she will work at the University of Bath, UK, from next year (2022).
Foto-Rechte: Dr. E. Liliana Macotela
M.Sc. Anne Matthies (Cologne) - Kalenderwoche 37
Anne completed her Bachelor's and Master's studies in Erlangen, where she explored the effects of non-equilibrium currents on phase transitions with Prof. Martin Eckstein as a research assistant.
Interested in brain research, she spent one year as a DAAD scholar at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. There, as her Master's project with Asst. Prof. Shanon Kolind, Anne investigated how magnetic resonance imaging can help to track brain damage in multiple sclerosis patients.
Still fascinated by the versatility and richness of non-equilibrium systems, she subsequently joined the group of Prof. Achim Rosch at the Institute for Theoretical Physics in Cologne for her Ph.D. In her latest project, she explores how one can efficiently realize stable topological qubits using a periodic drive.
After various stays abroad, Anne is still curious to explore new countries and languages. Therefore, she is excited to visit Prof. Erez Berg at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel for six months as part of her Ph.D. studies. To share her love of physics and inspire other young women, Anne has engaged in many outreach activities.
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Prof. Dr. Astrid Kiendler-Scharr (Jülich) - Kalenderwoche 36
Astrid is a scientific director of the Institute of Energy and Climate Research, IEK-8: Troposphere, at Forschungszentrum Jülich and a professor for experimental physics at Cologne University. IEK-8 investigates chemistry-climate interactions on a global to regional scale. It performs experimental studies of the atmospheric self-cleaning, with particular emphasis on the link between gas-phase oxidation processes and the formation and aging of aerosols. Research at IEK-8 also includes long-term observations of the atmosphere and model simulations of the complex chemistry and transport in the lower troposphere and its interaction with the Earth system. IEK-8 aims for an improved understanding and contributes data needed for assessing the connections between air quality and climate change. Astrid is a lead author in the IPCC 6th Assessment Report Working Group 1: The Physical Science Basis and chair of the board of the German Climate Consortium (DKK).
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Prof. Dr. Bella Lake (Berlin) - Kalenderwoche 35
Bella is a professor in condensed matter physics at the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin and the Technical University Berlin. She heads the Institute of Quantum Phenomena in Novel Materials and investigates materials whose properties are strongly influenced by quantum mechanics. In particular, she focuses on emergent phenomena in quantum magnets, unconventional superconductors, and strongly correlated electron systems. Recent work has achieved insights into highly entwined parameters such as superconductivity, charge, orbital, and spin orders in transition metal oxides. She also explores exotic quantum states in spin chains and spin ladders and the effect of quantum fluctuations in highly frustrated magnets, which can lead to new states of matter such as the quantum spin liquid.
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M.Sc. Kirsten M Florentine Weber (Sheffield, UK) - Kalenderwoche 33
Kirsten is a Ph.D. student at the Grantham Center for Sustainable Future at the University of Sheffield, UK. Her research investigates the roles of atmospheric processes and vegetation feedbacks and their implications for future climate change.
Climate change is a long-term shift in the properties of our atmosphere. One of these properties is relative humidity. Relative humidity describes the amount of water vapor in the air, relative to the temperature of the air. Dry air has low relative humidity, while fog has high relative humidity. Observation data shows that relative humidity is decreasing globally over land since the year 2000, especially in regions of mid-latitudes.
Kirsten's project will be exploring three possible causes, or drivers, for declining near-surface relative humidity over land: (1) Dynamical drivers, so-called modes of variability (e.g., wind and pressure pattern), (2) Thermodynamical drivers (temperature and, consequently, greenhouse gases), and (3) Land-based drivers (transpiration of plants and large-scale land cover changes, such as deforestation).
She works with global monitoring products and earth observation data for land use, evapotranspiration, and soil moisture. Furthermore, she will also be using computer simulations based on this data, and ecosystem studies. She hopes to find out more about water, the fundamental element for life, and the representation of atmosphere-land exchange processes in climate models that predict the future.
The photo shows her measuring the relative humidity on the mountain Goat Fell on the Isle of Arran (Scotland).
Foto-Rechte: M.Sc. Kirsten M Florentine Weber
Dr. Miriam Brosi (Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen/Karlsruhe) - Kalenderwoche 32
Miriam is a postdoctoral researcher at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Karlsruhe and works at the Institute for Beam Physics and Technology with the Karlsruhe Research Accelerator (KARA).
Her research focuses on the dynamics and instabilities of picosecond-short, ultra-relativistic electron packages in synchrotron light sources.
For special operation modes pushing the light sources to all performance frontiers, one of the main limitations but, at the same time, the most interesting features are instabilities arising from the extreme conditions.
During her Ph.D. thesis, she studied the intricate effects of longitudinal micro-bunching instability. This was vastly sped up by her development of a new measurement method that reduces the measurement duration by a factor of 10000 and now allows a snapshot of the prevailing dynamics to be taken within just one second.
Miriam has been awarded the Helmholtz doctoral prize 2020 for the best doctoral thesis in the research field Matter (one of the six Helmholtz research fields).
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Dr. Elisabeth Fischer-Friedrich (Dresden) - Kalenderwoche 31
Since November 2019, Elisabeth is a group leader for Mechanics of Active Biomaterials at the Cluster of Excellence Physics of Life (PoL) at the Technische Universität Dresden. Her research group combines biological experiments at the cellular and tissue level with theoretical physics to uncover principles by which active molecular units lead to dynamic intracellular force generation and cellular shape changes.
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M.Sc. Alissa Wilms (Berlin) - Kalenderwoche 30
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Dr. Uta Bilow (Dresden) - Kalenderwoche 29
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Prof. Dr. Monika Aidelsburger (Munich) - Kalenderwoche 28
Her research focuses on quantum simulation of many-body physics with ultracold atoms in optical lattices. During her Ph.D., she developed novel experimental techniques to realize topological lattice models with cold atoms. She then worked as a Marie-Curie postdoctoral fellow at Collège de France in Paris, where she studied homogeneous 2D Bose gases before she returned to LMU in 2017. Now she is working on topological Floquet systems and many-body localization and has received an ERC Starting Grant from the European Commission for simulating lattice gauge theories with ultracold Yb atoms.
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Dr. Luisa Lucie-Smith (Garching) - Kalenderwoche 27
Luisa has been awarded the Royal Astronomical Society Michael Penston 2020 runner-up prize for the best doctoral thesis in astronomy or astrophysics.
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Dr. Nathalie Nagl (Garching) - Kalenderwoche 26
Nathalie is a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching and works in the Laboratory for Attosecond Physics led by Prof. Ferenc Krausz. Starting with her Ph.D. thesis, she has continuously pushed the frontiers of high-repetition-rate femtosecond laser sources. She aims to generate highly intense few-cycle pulses at exotic wavelengths in the mid-infrared spectral region. With her experimental findings, Nathalie has pioneered a new generation of highly compact and low-noise laser systems that will be used to analyze minuscule variations in the infrared response of body fluids and thereby identify — non-invasively — early signs of illnesses such as cancer (Lasers4Life project).
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Prof. Dr. Roser Valentí (Frankfurt) - Kalenderwoche 25
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M.Sc. Lara Ortmanns (Gothenburg, Sweden) - Kalenderwoche 24
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M.Sc. Anne Emering (Dortmund) - Kalenderwoche 23
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Dr. Yulia Krupskaya (Dresden) - Kalenderwoche 22
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M.Sc. Marie Schmitz (Dortmund) - Kalenderwoche 21
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Dr. Ivy Frenger (Kiel) - Kalenderwoche 20
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Dr. Isabella Graf (New Haven, CT, USA) - Kalenderwoche 19
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Dr. Beata M. Szydłowska (Neubiberg/Munich) - Kalenderwoche 18
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Dr. Manita Chouksey (Hamburg) - Kalenderwoche 17
Her recent venture is combining the theory and observations using numerical models of oceanic processes to understand the role of eddies and waves on the eastern boundary upwelling systems through process modeling within the project REEBUS.
Beyond a scientist, Manita is an artist, a poet, an amateur astronomer and has acted in theater plays, one of which has been showcased in an intercultural festival in Hamburg.
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Prof. Dr. Christine Selhuber-Unkel (Heidelberg) - Kalenderwoche 16
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M.Sc. Anni Röse (Braunschweig) - Kalenderwoche 15
Anni studied physics in Göttingen, Germany. She received her M.S. degree from the Georg-August University in 2018. Since 2019, she has been pursuing a Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering at the Ilmenau University of Technology and is a part of working group 5.42 “Multiwavelength interferometry for geodetic lengths” at PTB.
One critical issue when surveying large structures like telescopes outdoors is the compensation of the refractivity-induced beam bending in leveling. For this, the temperature gradients in the plane along the line of sight need to be determined. She and her colleagues are currently developing a dispersive optical thermometer. It will be realized by an absolute interferometer with two different colors and a 2f/3f detection scheme for phase detection.
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Dr. Jenny Wagner (Heidelberg) - Kalenderwoche 14
Jenny is a cosmologist of the Institute for Theoretical Physics at Heidelberg University. In her own DFG-funded research project, she explores dark matter distributions and properties that can be directly inferred from observed strong gravitational lensing effects. These rare phenomena occur when light rays of background light sources bend around massive objects on their path into our telescopes, such that observations of these deflections allow inferring properties of the light-bending mass. In December 2020, she was awarded the Prize for Courageous Science for her innovative approach to separate observation-based evidence from model assumptions. Currently, she transfers this methodology to derive the morphologies of dark matter agglomerations from fundamental principles to replace heuristic fitting functions like the Navarro-Frenk-White mass density profile, which is often used to describe deflecting masses in strong gravitational lensing. Beyond her research, she engages in outreach talks for "Urknall, Weltall und das Leben" to disseminate recent insights into our universe to the public.
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B.Sc. Maren Stocklöw (Karlsruhe) - Kalenderwoche 13
Maren Stocklöw is a master's student at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Currently, she is working on her master's thesis in the group of Prof. Markus Garst at the Institute of Theoretical Solid State Physics. She is investigating the effective low-energy behavior of Skyrmion strings in chiral magnets. Skyrmions are two-dimensional topological magnetic structures that appear in chiral magnets subjected to an external magnetic field. They can extend along the field direction, forming a magnetic string that supports the propagation of spin-wave excitations. Alongside her studies, Maren is chairwoman of the physics department’s theater group. Since its formation in 2002, the group has staged more than 25 plays in the physics lecture hall.
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Jun.-Prof. Dr. Doris Reiter (Münster) - Kalenderwoche 12
Doris is a Junior-Professor at the University of Münster leading the research group Ultrafast Optics in Nanostructured Solids. Her research field is solid-state theory with a focus on light-matter interaction on ultra-short time and length scales. Furthermore, she is highly interested in solid-state applications for quantum information technology. Since 2017, Doris is co-speaker of the Semiconductor Division of the DPG and host of ‘Semiconductors for breakfast’ – a new online lecture format of the DPG. Moreover, Doris is chairperson and co-founder of the DPG working groups AGyouLeaP, aiming at increasing the standing and visibility of young research group leaders in physics who start their own research agenda.
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Dr. Heike Wex (Leipzig) - Kalenderwoche 11
Heike is a senior scientist at the Leibniz-Institute for Tropospheric Research in Leipzig. She is a renowned expert in topics concerning cloud condensation nuclei and heterogeneous ice nucleation and currently focuses on atmospheric ice-nucleating particles. She is a member of the International Commission on Clouds and Precipitation, for which she also organized the 16th ICCP-conference in Leipzig in 2012. Through classes in geology and meteorology, which she took during her physics studies, she started to know about climate change, and particularly through working with data from the Arctic, she is very aware of the connected dangers for humanity. This is why, in her spare time, she is engaged with “Scientists for Future” since their beginning in March 2019, trying to inform people about climate change in general and also trying to change things for the better on a local scale, in cooperation with many other locals who also organize themselves in several climate groups.
The picture shows her on the top level of LACIS (Leipzig Aerosol Cloud Interaction Simulator) at the cloud-tower of the Leibniz-Institute for Tropospheric Research in Leipzig, at the generation unit for aerosol particles. LACIS is used to examine the hygroscopic growth of aerosol particles and their ability to nucleate cloud droplets and heterogeneous droplet freezing.
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Dr. Benedetta Casu (Tübingen) - Kalenderwoche 10
Benedetta is head of the Organic Spins group at the Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry at the University of Tübingen. She works in the field of organic quantum materials.
She pioneered the research on radical thin films introducing the use of soft X-rays-based techniques, such as X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and photoemission electron microscopy with the additional use of synchrotron radiation that is of paramount importance to elucidate interface phenomena otherwise not accessible with other sources. The thin-film phase of organic radicals and their interfaces were unknown before she started working in the field. This is a fundamental pre-requisite to test their suitability for electronics.
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Dr. Anne Nielsen (Dresden) - Kalenderwoche 9
Anne leads the Quantum Many-Body Systems group at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems. Her group uses numerical simulations and analytical tools to study the properties of strongly-correlated quantum systems in one, two, and fractal dimensions. She is particularly interested in anyonic quasiparticles that appear in topological quantum systems. She also studies exceptions to thermal behavior and how measurements affect the dynamics of quantum systems. The aim is to find new types of behaviors and to understand how and when particular properties arise.
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Prof. Dr. Julia Dshemuchadse (Ithaca, NY, USA) - Kalenderwoche 8
Julia is an assistant professor at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY in the USA. With her research group, she studies complex crystal structures as well as crystallization phenomena through self-assembly simulations, using molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo methods. Their goal is to design new materials and to develop a fundamental understanding of the processes of structure formation and stabilization in soft and hard condensed matter.
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Dr. Angela Wittmann (Cambridge, MA, USA) - Kalenderwoche 7
Angela is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) in the group of Prof. Geoffrey Beach. Her research explores the control of the spin degree of freedom and spin dynamics in unconventional condensed matter materials such as organic semiconductors and antiferromagnets. Using different experimental techniques, including magneto-transport measurements and x-ray imaging, she aims to tackle the challenges posed by today’s vast amount of data by developing novel ultrafast and robust spin-based memory technologies.
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M.Sc. Martha Lippich (Garching/Munich) - Kalenderwoche 6
Martha is currently finishing her Ph.D. in the field of cosmology with a focus on the statistical analysis of the large-scale structure in the Universe. For her latest Ph.D. project, she developed a code to estimate Minkowski functionals from the large-scale galaxy distribution under the supervision of Dr. Ariel G. Sánchez. Minkowski functionals characterize the geometry and the topology of the cosmic density field and contain important cosmological information. She currently works in the OPINAS group of Prof. Ralf Bender at the Max-Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching. After her Ph.D., she intends to continue her work in the same group as a postdoctoral researcher. Her goal is to advance the analysis of Minkowski functionals further to extract information complementary to other more standard statistical analyses.
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M.Sc. Anna Sinterhauf (Göttingen) - Kalenderwoche 5
Anna is a Ph.D. student at the IV. Physical Institute at the University of Göttingen. She is working in the group of Martin Wenderoth, which focuses on the development and application of scanning probe methods with the aim of answering challenging questions in the field of fundamental research on solid-state physics and nanostructures. In her experiments, Anna studies charge transport in graphene on the nanometer scale. The focus of her research is on understanding the impact of atomic-scale inhomogeneities on transport properties in this fascinating 2D material. To target this question, Anna uses the method of scanning tunneling potentiometry, which allows her to measure the voltage drop across a sample with the lateral resolution of a scanning tunneling microscope. The measurements take place under ultra-high vacuum conditions and are carried out both at room temperature and at low temperature using liquid nitrogen / liquid helium cooling. The picture shows Anna next to one of the home-built scanning tunneling microscopes.
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Dr. Eileen Otte (Muenster) - Kalenderwoche 4
Eileen is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Applied Physics, University of Muenster. Her research focuses on structured singular light fields, representing light of spatially varying properties as amplitude, phase, and/or polarization and embedding optical singularities. Eileen develops novel approaches for the customization, analysis, and application of these complex light fields, giving new insights into the fundamental nature of light and paving the way to, for instance, advanced quantum communication or optical micro- and nano-manipulation. For her excellent Ph.D. thesis, she received the University of Muenster dissertation award and the research award 2020 of the Industrial Club Duesseldorf. Since the beginning of this year, Eileen is a junior class member of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities, and the Arts.
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Dr. Anja Waske (Berlin) - Kalenderwoche 3
Anja is head of the division "Radiological Methods" at the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) in Berlin. Her research field is at the interface of materials science and X-ray imaging. Her team develops 3D X-ray imaging methods and analysis routes for 3D image data in order to understand the properties of functional, structural, and additively manufactured materials.
Anja has been awarded the Georg-Sachs Prize of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde e.V. (DGM) in 2020.
Prof. Dr. Franziska Lautenschläger (Saarbrücken) - Kalenderwoche 2
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Dr. Katrin Fuersich (Stuttgart) - Kalenderwoche 1
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