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Pathways in Physics: Paul Fährmann - Towards the quantum future

Jun 16, 2021 | 06:00 PM s.t.
Paul Fährmann - Pitch at Quantum Future Award 2020

Paul Fährmann - Pitch at Quantum Future Award 2020

After finishing John Lennon Gymnasium in Berlin, Paul Fährmann studied physics at Freie Universität. For his outstanding master's thesis, Paul Fährmann received two awards: the Physics Study Award 2020 of the Physical Society of Berlin and the Quantum Future Award 2020 funded by Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Paul will talk about his pathway to studying physics and starting a research career in the Eisert’s group. What drives him to research quantum topics? How does he see our future?

Meet Paul Fährmann

I chose to study physics for its ability to describe nature on a deep level using mathematical models my enthusiasm for scientific questions.

I was then eager to use the freedoms of studying physics at the FU to take additional math and advanced physics courses early on and discover how research is done in different parts of the world.

Ever since my Bachelor’s thesis, the theoretical prospects of near-term quantum computing excite me and made me continue with a Ph.D. on this topic.

Especially the question which quantum algorithms could lead to a practical quantum advantage and how they could be improved motivates me.

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  • 2014-2019 B.Sc. and M.Sc. in physics, Freie Universität Berlin
  • 2016 DAAD RISE internship at the Institute of Materials Science in Madrid (ICMM)
  • 2017-2018 Erasmus exchange year at Københavns Universitet
  • Since 2020 Ph.D. in physics, Freie Universität Berlin

My advice to future physicists

Use the freedom in your studies to find topics that excite you and decide what type of physicist you want to be.

Time & Location

Jun 16, 2021 | 06:00 PM s.t.

Online via Webex

Further Information

Language: German

About "Pathways in Physics"

In the online talk series for students of physics, different speakers will talk about their own pathway in physics: why they became physicists, how they recognized what their interests in physics were and how they went about getting positions in research and industry. We invite speakers from the Department of Physics, different research institutions as well as from various industries.