Christoph T. Koch (photo left), professor for structural research and electron microscopy at Humboldt-Universität's physics department and Nicola Pinna, professor for functional materials at the department of chemistry of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin are new members at IRIS Adlershof. Christop Koch's research focuses on the development of new methods in quantitative transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and their application to materials science problems. Nanostructured materials are in the focus of Nicola Pinna's research interests. Special emphasis is laid on the synthesis of novel multifunctional materials, their characterization and the study of their physical properties. IRIS Adlershof would like to congratulate both new members and is looking very much forward to a fruitful collaboration.
Dr. Lorenzo Bianchi, former member of the Emmy-Noether Junior Research group of Dr. Valentina Forini in the working group of Prof. Jan Plefka, who is a member of IRIS Adlershof, has been awarded the Carl-Ramsauer-Prize 2016 of the Physikalische Gesellschaft zu Berlin for his outstanding PhD thesis on perturbation theory for string sigma models. This is an active research field to which Bianchi contributed by developing new powerful techniques, allowing for substantial simplifications in perturbative computations. Using these innovative methods several new results in the strong coupling regime of the AdS/CFT correspondence have been obtained. IRIS Adlershof congratulates the laureate.
Dr Claire Glanois has been awrded an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdocs. Starting April 2017 she will join the group of Prof. Kreimer who is a meber of IRIS Adlershof, at Humboldt University. She received her PhD in mathematics in January 2016 from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris) and is currently a postdoc at the MPI Mathematics in Bonn. The number theorist concentrates on periods as they appear in computations in quantum field theory, a central topic in Prof. Kreimer's group.
The Humboldt University of Berlin (HU) has elected a new Vice President for Finance, Personnel and Technical Matters (VPH): At its meeting on 15 November 2016, the Council voted 43 out of 44 votes for the candidate, Dr. Ludwig Kronthaler. Ludwig Kronthaler is currently General Secretary of the Max Planck Society. He is expected to take office in the first quarter of 2017. In the area of administration, technology and service, the focus is on "enabling science to be optimal", which is a complex challenge. Core is that the administration must understand science and be its partner on the same level. IRIS Adlershof congratulates very warmly and looks forward to a successful cooperation.
Within the framework of Science Week, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is holding the Next Frontier Debate on November 10th. Prof. Dr. Birgitta Whaley (University of California, Berkeley) and the IRIS Adlershof members, Prof. Dr. Oliver Benson and Prof. Dr. Thomas Elsässer, will be speaking in a podium discussion in the Tieranatomisches Theater on state-of-the-art quantum research and different approaches and perspectives for future developments. Prof. Elsässer has also given a few insights into the research area as a whole in the interview.
The BMBF is funding the collaborative research project „Nanofilm – Photonic Nanofilms with Comprehensive Optical Functionality,” which is being coordinated by the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, with just under two million Euros for the next three years. Oliver Benson, a member of IRIS Adlershof, and Prof. Kurt Busch are taking part in the project from the HU Berlin’s side.
Professor Karen Yeats has been awarded a Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers. The fellowship provides funding for highly-qualified scientists and scholars to make extended research visits to Germany. Karen will be spending 3 months in the summer of 2017, and then 12 months in 2018-2019, at the Humboldt University of Berlin, where she will work with Professor Dirk Kreimer, who is a member of IRIS Adlershof, and his research group.
Karen joined the Department of Combinatorics and Optimization of tne University of Waterloo as an Associate Professor August 1st 2016. She received a B.Math. in Pure Mathematics from the University of Waterloo in 2003, and was the recipient of a Governor General Silver Medal. She completed her Ph.D. in mathematics from Boston University in 2008; her thesis was on Growth Estimates for Dyson-Schwinger Equations. In 2009, she began a professorship in the Department of Mathematics at Simon Fraser University. Karen's research interests are in combinatorics and quantum field theory. The primary objectives of her research are a mathematical understanding of the Dyson-Schwinger quantum equations of motion, and of Feynman integrals. Her work draws upon the interplay between algebraic combinatorics, graph theory, algebraic geometry, and mathematical physics.
Dr. Sven Ramelow will start this fall to establish an Emmy Noether Junior Research Group on the topic of "Mid-Infrared Quantum Imaging and Spectroscopy" at Humboldt-Universität's Physics Department. He will closely cooperate with the Nano-Optics-Group led by Prof. Oliver Benson, who is a member of IRIS Adlershof.
In the past Dr. Ramelow has carryied out research at the University of Vienna (Austria) and Cornell University (Ithaca, NY, USA) on experimental topics of nonlinear quantum optics with single photons. A main goal of his group will be to pioneer and establish quantum imaging and spectroscopy in the technologically highly relevant mid-infrared wavelength regime. A special focus will be on opening up specific real-world applications in bio-medical imaging and sensing as well as on doing basic research with experimental demonstrations on how to overcome fundamental limits of classical optics by using quantum optical methods. IRIS Adlershof would like to congratulate Sven Ramelow and wishes him much success in his future work.