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Nele Stetzuhn (Bolotin's Lab) Attended the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

Nele Stetzuhn, a physics doctoral candidate at the Free University of Berlin, presented her research project at this year's Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. The annual meeting brings together young scientists and Nobel laureates, and in 2024, it was dedicated to physics.

Jul 11, 2024

Dr. Tom S. Seifert Receives the 2024 Karl Scheel Prize from the Physical Society of Berlin

The physicist Dr. Tom S. Seifert from Freie Universität Berlin (Reseach Group "Terahertz Physics") receives the prestigious Karl Scheel Prize for his outstanding and pioneering research contributions to the investigation of the dynamics of magnetic phenomena on atomic length scales and in the terahertz frequency range.

Jun 25, 2024

CRC 183 "Entangled States of Matter": DFG Funding Extended for Four Years

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has extended the funding for the transregional Collaborative Research Center 183 "Entangled States of Matter" for another four years. The funding for this research center, which has been active since 2016, is now entering its third and final funding period. Along with the Freie Universität Berlin, with Prof. Dr. Piet Brouwer as co-speaker, the University of Cologne and the Weizmann Institute of Science are also part of the consortium.

Jun 04, 2024

The Rise up! Grant for the biophysicist Prof. Benesh Joseph

The Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation awarded 0.6 million euros to experimental biophysicist Prof. Joseph through its prestigious Rise up! Program.

Apr 25, 2024

ERC Advanced Grant Awarded to Physicist Tobias Kampfrath for His Research into Orbitronics at Terahertz Frequencies

Tobias Kampfrath, professor at the Department of Physics, will receive 2.5 million euros in funding from the European Research Council (ERC) for a period of five years to support his research project “ORBITERA.” As part of this project, Kampfrath and a team of fellow experimental physicists will explore the fundamentals of novel concepts of magnetic data processing based on the orbital motion of electrons (“orbitronics”). To this end, they will develop new methods that rely on extremely short electromagnetic pulses in the terahertz frequency range. ERC Advanced Grants are awarded to well-established, prominent researchers who are looking to explore new fields of study.

Apr 11, 2024

New Study Program for the Summer Semester 2024: Certification Program "Gender & Diversity in Science & Technology Studies"

The program enables students from all disciplines in Berlin to acquire knowledge of gender and diversity research with regard to the global interconnections of science, technology, and society. Within the program, students can develop skills, such as recognizing inequalities in the scientific field or identifying discrimination through IT applications. The certification program was co-developed by Prof. Dr. Martina Erlemann from the Department of Physics at Freie Universität Berlin as part of the Berlin University Alliance and is open to all students of the BUA universities.

Apr 05, 2024

Jens Eisert's Research Group – Publications in Journals of the Nature and Science Group

The research group of Professor Jens Eisert has published six papers in the renowned scientific journals of the Nature and Science group in the last few weeks or is awaitung their publication. The studies, which were conducted with various international and German cooperation partners, deal with the topics of machine learning, measuring out quasi-local integrals of motion, the description of solid-state systems in non-equilibrium, machine learning, quantum error mitigation and quantum algorithms for combinatorial optimization.

Mar 13, 2024

New Cluster Proposal "Center for Chiral Electronics" Advances to Final Round in the Excellence Competitions

The Excellence Cluster Initiative "Center for Chiral Electronics," in which the Department of Physics at the Freie Universität Berlin collaborates with partners from Halle and Regensburg, has been selected for full proposal submission as part of the Excellence Strategy. Prof. Dr. Katharina Franke represents the Excellence Cluster Initiative as a co-spokesperson.

Feb 06, 2024

EPS Forum 2024 at Freie Universität Berlin: Networking event for physicists and industry

The European Physical Society (EPS) invites physicists and companies to the "EPS Forum" in Berlin from 25 March 2024 to 26 March 2024. The program includes conferences, roundtables, workshops and aims to boost knowledge transfer between physics research and application in Europe. Plenary lectures by three Nobel laureates are a special highlight. The event will be held in English and is open to all interested parties from research, industry and business. https://epsforum.org/register/

Jan 16, 2024

Carl Ramsauer Prize 2023 Awarded to Dr. Sabrina Patsch

The Physical Society of Berlin (PGzB) honored Dr. Sabrina Patsch for her outstanding dissertation with the Carl Ramsauer Prize 2023. The work, titled "Control of Rydberg atoms for quantum technologies," was conducted in the research group of Professor Dr. Christiane Koch.

Dec 14, 2023

Quantum Physicists Professor Dr. Jens Eisert and Dr. Daniel Reich are among "Top Minds of Berlin Science

"100 Minds of Berlin Science" - The Berlin daily newspaper "Tagesspiegel" has identified 100 outstanding people who have lit up the academic and scientific landscape of Berlin with their research and teaching in the year 2023: Two physicists from Freie Universität Berlin are the stars of Berlin science.

Oct 20, 2023

Ilia Kulikov (Behrends Group) receives Ernst Prize of the GDCh

Physics doctoral student Ilia Kulikov from the research group Behrends was awarded the Ernst Prize of the "Magnetic Resonance" section of the German Chemical Society (GDCh) for his outstanding scientific publication.

Oct 05, 2023

GDCP Publication Prize Awarded to Marcus Kubsch

Prof. Dr. Marcus Kubsch received a GDCP Prize for the Best Journal Article of Young Scientists in physics didactics

Oct 02, 2023

A "TÜV" for quantum computers - The team of Prof. Jens Eisert contributes to the development of quality tests for quantum computers

"Nature Communications" study published: An international research team around professor Jens Eisert has discovered how to test the quality of quantum computers. The scientific "Computer TÜV" uses methods from physics, computer science and mathematics.

Aug 24, 2023

New research group: "Macromolecular Electron Spin Resonance Spectroscopy" of Prof. Dr. Benesh Joseph

We welcome Professor Dr. Benesh Joseph at our department, who followed the call for a W2 tenure track professorship "Experimental Molecular Biophysics" at the Freie Universität Berlin. Prof. Joseph's research group investigates functional mechanisms in macromolecular protein complexes by means of ESR spectroscopy.

Jul 13, 2023

Joint appointment with the Max Born Institute: Dr. Sangeeta Sharma is the new professor for "Theoretical Solid State Physics"

Freie Universität Berlin has appointed Dr. Sangeeta Sharma as professor in the field of "Theoretical Solid State Physics" on June 26, 2023, in a joint appointment with the Max Born Institute.

Jul 10, 2023

TRR227 Project Leaders Prof. Dr. Tobias Kampfrath and Dr. Tom Seifert contribute to the "2023 Terahertz Science and Technology Roadmap"

Physicists from Freie Universität Berlin have published two guiding articles in a roadmap publication in the "Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics" summarizing the expertise of leading international terahertz photonics researchers.

Jun 30, 2023

The research team of Prof. Dr. Holger Dau explains in "Nature" the formation of oxygen (O2) on earth

40 kilograms of spinach, 3 million laser flashes, and 600,000 simulated atoms were needed to identify a key element of photosynthetic oxygen evolution in collaboration with a research team from the Italian university of L'Aquila. A research team led by Freie Universität Berlin physicist  Prof. Dr. Holger Dau and L'Aquila University physicist Prof. Dr. Leonardo Guidoni has been able to experimentally and computationally trace the movement of electrons and atoms in photosynthetic oxygen formation. The study , which has just appeared in the prestigious journal Nature, provides insights into the biological process that has likely been unchanged on Earth for the past three billion years. The findings are of high relevance since they may be significant for the production of green hydrogen or other renewable fuels.

May 11, 2023

Two New Junior Research Groups in Theoretical Physics: Dr. Alexander Jahn and Dr. Maxim Breitkreiz

We welcome two junior research groups at the Department of Physics: The research group "Quantum Information and Holographic Dualities" of Dr. Alexander Jahn is funded by the Einstein Foundation within the Einstein Research Unit "Perspectives of a Quantum Digital Transformation". The research group "Microscopic and Nanoscopic Physics of Topological Metals" of Dr. Maxim Breitkreiz is funded by the Emmy Noether Program.

May 10, 2023

New Physics Education Research Group: Group Kubsch started work

We welcome a new physics education research group at the Department of Physics: Junior Professor Dr. Marcus Kubsch brings innovative approaches to both research and teacher education at Freie Universität Berlin.

May 08, 2023


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