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Thursday, 14 December, 2017

ERC Consolidator Grants (TUM)

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F Pollmann (left) and G Koblmüller (right). Picture: NIM

F Pollmann (left) and G Koblmüller (right). Picture: NIM

Two new research projects proposed by the NIM scientists PD Dr Gregor Koblmüller and Prof Dr Frank Pollmann of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) were impressive enough to be awarded Consolidator Grants by the European Research Council (ERC) this year.

The application process for the generously funded ERC Grants is open to researchers with 7-12 years' experience since completion of a doctorate. The selected projects receive up to 2 million euros in funding from the ERC.

PD Dr Gregor Koblmüller
In his ERC-funded research project “Quantum Nanowire Integrated Photonic Circuits” (QUANtIC), PD Dr Opens external link in new windowGregor Koblmüller plans to develop nanowire structures made of semiconductor materials. These nanostructures, which are about 1,000 times thinner than a human hair, are ideal for optical wave guiding, but are also narrow enough for their physical properties to be governed by quantum effects. Examples of potential applications for such nanowires might be the placement of tiny wire-shaped light sources such as nanolasers or single-photon emitters with specific characteristics directly on semiconductor chips. Such light sources could be coupled directly with integrated photonic and quantum optical circuits. That would facilitate the development of highly integrated technologies in chip-based light processing, quantum communications and “lab-on-a-chip” sensor technology.

Koblmüller has been conducting research in the Physics Department and the Walter Schottky Institute at TUM since 2009. In 2016 he acquired his habilitation at TUM with a thesis on"Semiconductor nanowires". For his work, he received the Arnold Sommerfeld Prize of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities, among other awards.

Prof Dr Frank Pollmann
There are various phases of matter. For example, water may be liquid or solid, or gaseous, depending on the temperature and pressure. However, there are many other phases in which fascinating properties emerge from the interplay of quantum fluctuations and interactions between electrons. In superconductors, for example, electricity flows with no resistance. These phases generally occur only at low temperatures.

The research activities of Professor Opens external link in new windowFrank Pollmann focus on topological phases, which may one day become building blocks for quantum computers. Among Pollmann's areas of interest as a theoretical physicist is the prediction and classification of previously unknown phases of matter. In his DYNACQM project, now made possible through the Consolidator Grant, he plans to go a step further: he intends to predict specific dynamic characteristics of such phases and simulate them in model systems. This would make it possible to determine, for example, which materials are most suitable for implementing “exotic phases” with technical applications.

Pollmann is a Professor of Theoretical Solid-State Physics at TUM. For his work, he has received the Walter Schottky Prize from the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft, among other honors.


Source: TUM press office


Contact:
PD Dr Gregor Koblmüller
Semiconductor Quantum Nanomaterials
Walter Schottky Institute and Physics Department
Center for Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials
Technische Universität München
Am Coulombwall 4
85748 Garching
Germany

Tel: +49 (0)89 289 12779

E-Mail: Opens window for sending emailGregor.Koblmueller(at)wsi.tum.de

Web: Opens external link in new windowwww.wsi.tum.de/Research/FinleygroupE24/ResearchAreas/IIIVSemiconductorMaterials/tabid/309/Default.aspx

 

Prof Dr Frank Pollmann
Topology and Correlations in Condensed Matter
Technische Universität München
James-Franck-Straße 1
85748 Garching
Germany 

Tel: +49 (0)89 289 53760

Email: Opens window for sending emailfrank.pollmann(at)tum.de

Web: Opens external link in new windowtccm.pks.mpg.de

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