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THE PEOPLE INVOLVED

Researchers from various scientific communities are working together to get insight into an exciting new field.

Left to right, top to bottom: K.-A. Lorenzer, J. Hänel, S. Bühler-Paschen, M. Müller, A. Sidorenko, G. Lientschnig, A. Prokofiev, P. Tomeš, P. Dalladay-Simpson, Y. J. Hyun, A. Bosak, H. Winkler, J. A. Larrea Jiménez, D. H. Nguyen, M. Inamdar

New personnel

Dipl. Phys. Diana Geiger, PhD student
October 2011 - September 2012
October 2014 - May 2015

  • Physics Diploma from Universities of Stuttgart, Germany, and Toronto, Canada (2011)
  • Expertise: Ferromagnetic materials, quantum phase transitions, microwave- and THz frequency-domain spectroscopy at low temperatures
  • Tasks in project: Microwave experiments at low and ultra-low temperatures



Dipl.-Ing. Jonathan Hänel, PhD student
April 2010 - March 2011
October 2014 - May 2015

  • Expertise: Magnetization and specific heat measurements, strongly correlated electron systems
  • Tasks in project: Construction of magnetization measurement cells, magnetization measurements

 

 

Dr. Devang Joshi, PostDoc
November 2014 - May 2015

  • PhD from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India (2009)
  • Expertise: Materials synthesis, single crystal growth, material characterization
  • Tasks in project: Single crystal growth

 

 

Dr. Duy Ha Nguyen, Senior PostDoc
October 2009 - May 2015

  • MSc from Int. Training Institute for Materials Science, Vietnam (1997)
  • PhD from Chungnam National University, South Korea (2005)
  • 1997-1998: Researcher at Hiroshima Research and Development Center, Mitsubishi Industries Ltd., Japan
  • 1998-2002: Senior Researcher at Research Institute of Technology for Machinery, Vietnam
  • 2006-2009: Postdoctoral fellow at Kamerling Onnes Laboratory, Leiden University, The Netherlands
  • Expertise: Materials design, nanostructured materials, development of measurement setups for ultra-low temperatures
  • Tasks in project: Ultra-low temperature physics

Dr. Petar Popčević, PostDoc
February 2015 - May 2015

  • PhD from University of Zagreb, Croatia (2010)
  • 2007-2010: Assistant at Institute of Physics, Croatia
    2010-2015: Senior assistant at Institute of Physics, Croatia
  • Expertise: Electrical and thermal transport down to low temperatures under
    hydrostatic pressure and magnetic field
  • Tasks in project: Diamond anvil cells, thermal conductivity in piston cells

Dr. Gabriel Pristáš, PostDoc
January 2015 - May 2015

  • MSc from Šafárik University, Slovakia (2004)
  • PhD from Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovakia (2008)
  • 2009-2011: Postdoctoral fellowship at University of Hyogo, Japan
  • 2011-2014: Senior researcher at Institute of Experimental Physics, SAS, Košice, Slovakia
  • Expertise: Experimental methods at high pressure, very low temperature and high magnetic field: Electrical transport, specific heat
  • Tasks in project: High-pressure experiments

Mag. Lukas Prochaska, PhD student
September 2013 - May 2015

  • MSc from University of Vienna (2013)
  • Expertise: High-temperature superconductors, microwave experiments, electromagnetic simulations
  • Tasks in project: Characterization of MBE thin films

 

 

MSc Daniela Ristanic, PhD student
March 2015 - May 2015

  • MSc from University of Novi Sad, Serbia (2004)
  • Expertise: Integration and characterization of epitaxial structures
  • Tasks in project: Patterning and characterization of MBE films

 

 

Dipl.-Ing. Markus Schiebl, PhD student
February 2015 - May 2015

  • MSc from TU Wien (2011)
  • Expertise: Optical spectroscopy
  • Tasks in project: Low-energy and low-temperature spectroscopy

 

 

Dr. Andrey A. Sidorenko, Senior PostDoc
February 2010 - May 2015

  • MSc from Bryansk State University, Russia (1997)
  • PhD from Moscow State University, Russia (2000)
  • 2000-2004: Associate Professor at Bryansk State Technical University, Supporting Academic Department of Physics, Russia
  • 2002-2004: Fellow at University of Parma, Physics Department, Italy
  • 2004-2007: Research Associate at University of Parma, Physics Department, Italy
  • 2007-2010: Postdoctoral fellow at University of Parma, Physics Department, Italy
  • Expertise: Magnetism and related phenomena, magnetic materials, thin magnetic films and heterostructures, NMR in ferro- and antiferromagnets, crystal-field effects in rare-earth compounds
  • Tasks in project: Magnetism, microwave experiments

Dipl.-Ing. Tobias Zederbauer, PhD student
March 2015 - May 2015

  • MSc from TU Wien (2010)
  • Expertise: MBE thin film growth
  • Tasks in project: Growth of MBE films of intermetallics

 

 

Mag. Angelika Bosak, Assistant ERC Project
December 2009 - May 2015

  • MSc from University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Management, Krakow, Poland (2001)
  • ESA Certification – European Schools for Higher Education in Administration and Management, Vienna, Austria (2007)
  • Project Management from WIFI, Vienna, Austria (2009)

 



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Scientists involved at the Institute of Solid State Physics (IFP)

Ass. Prof. Dr. Neven Barišić

  • PhD from L'Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland (2005)
  • Current position: Assistant professor at Institute of Solid State Physics, Vienna University of Technology
  • Expertise: High-Tc's
  • Tasks in project: Investigate the link between the physics of cuprate superconductors and quantum critical heavy fermion systems




PD Dr. Andrey Prokofiev

  • PhD from St.-Petersburg University, Russia, Employment at A.F. Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute, St.-Petersburg (7 years)
  • Institute of Physics, University of Frankfurt (5 years)
  • Institute of Solid State Physics, Vienna University of Technology (since 2005)
    Current position: Assoc. Prof.
  • Expertise: Crystal growth, crystal chemistry
  • Tasks in project: Growth of high quality single crystals of quantum critical compounds, Search for new quantum critical compounds


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Scientists collaborating at the Institute of Solid State Physics (IFP)

Ao. Prof. Dr. Ernst Bauer

  • PhD from TU Vienna
  • Employment at Vienna University of Technology (27 years)
    Current position: Associate professor
  • Expertise: Strongly correlated electron systems, thermoelectric materials, low temperature and high pressure measurements
  • Tasks in project: Pressure experiments to fine-tune the system towards the QCP, deriving appropriate pressure driven exponents of Fermi- and non-Fermi liquid power laws

 

 

Prof. Dr. Karsten Held

  • PhD from Augsburg University, Postdoc at Princeton University (3 years)
  • Head of Emmy-Noether group, Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart (7 years)
  • Current position: Full professor at Institute of Solid State Physics, Vienna University of Technology
  • Expertise: Correlated matter (macroscopic materials and man-made nanostructures), computational material science, decoherence and Kondo physics
  • Tasks in project: Theoretical support, development of LDA+EDMFT



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Scientists collaborating at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien)

Several groups at TU Vienna have scientific relations to the topic of the project and are supporting the project:

  • Dr. Johannes Majer: Project Assistant in Cold Atoms group of Prof. Dr. Jörg Schmiedmayer; high-end microwave techniques for low-temperature investigations

  • Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schubert: Head of the Institute of Materials Chemistry; materials design/synthesis/crystallography

  • Prof. Dr. Gottfried Strasser: Full professor at Institute of Solid State Electronics/Center for Micro and Nanostructures; MBE thin film growth

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Scientists collaborating from abroad

Several renowned scientists from abroad have expressed their interest to collaborate:

  •  Dr. Marcos Avila: Universidade Federal do ABC, Campinas, Brazil; Crystal growth of heavy fermion compounds

  • Prof. Dr. Michael Huth: University of Frankfurt, Germany; MBE film growth of heavy fermion systems

  • Dr. Stefan Kirchner: Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems and  Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Dresden, Germany;Theory of quantum criticality 

  • Prof. Dr. Qimiao Si: Rice University, USA; Theory of quantum criticality

  • Prof. Dr. Erwin Schuberth: Walther-Meißner-Institute for Low Temperature Research, Germany; Ultra-low temperature techniques for measurements on bulk samples

  • Prof. Dr. André Strydom: University of Johannesburg, South Africa; Experimental investigation of physical properties. Metallic sample synthesis. Experiments at large facilities

  • Prof. Dr. Toshiro Takabatake: Hiroshima University, Japan; Flux growths and electrotransport technique

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Former collaborators

Dr. Neven Barišić, Senior PostDoc
June 2013 - August 2013

  • PhD from L'Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland (2005)
  • Expertise: High-Tc's
  • Tasks in project: Investigate the link between the physics of cuprate superconductors and quantum critical heavy fermion systems

 

 

Dipl.-Ing. Oliver Baumfeld
October 2011 - June 2012

  • MSc (Physics) from TU Vienna (2011)
  • Expertise: Thermal expansion, magnetization, resistivity and specific heat measurements
  • Tasks in project: Setup of a magnetization measurement cell, magnetization measurements

 

 

Dr. Jeroen Custers
June 2009 - September 2012

  • PhD from TU Dresden (thesis work conducted at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids in Dresden, MPI CPfS); Employment at MPI CPfS (4 months)
  • Institute for Solid State Physics, University of Tokyo, Japan (18 months)
  • Institute of Solid State Physics, Vienna University of Technology (since 2006)
    Current position: University assistant
  • Expertise: Low temperature specific heat, resistivity and ac susceptibility experiments; Unconventional superconductivity and quantum critical phenomena
  • Tasks in project: Design novel and conduct ultra-low temperature experiments (ac susceptibility, (Hall-)resistivity and thermal expansion), investigate quantum critical phenomena

Philip Dalladay-Simpson, IAESTE student
October 2010 - July 2011

  • BSc (Physics) from Queen Mary University of London, UK (2010)
  • Expertise: Alloying of intermetallic compounds and characterisation of polycrystalline samples using SEM, X-ray diffraction, and PPMS
  • Tasks in Project: Sample preparation and characterisation

 

 

Dr. Manjusha Inamdar, PostDoc Research Associate
March 2010 - February 2013

  • MSc (Physics) from University of Pune, Pune, India (2003)
  • PhD from Dept. of Condensed Matter Physics and Material Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India (2010)
  • Expertise: Single crystal growth for intermetallics via flux growth and Czochralski method. Single crystal characterization, electrical transport, specific heat, magnetic susceptibility, high pressure measurements
  • Tasks in project: Single crystal growth and characterization

Dr. Julio A. Larrea Jiménez, Senior PostDoc
January 2010 - January 2013
June 2013 -December 2014

  • Diploma from Physics Department, San Marcos University, Lima, Peru (1999)
  • MSc from Brazilian Center Research for Physics, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2000)
  • PhD from Brazilian Center Research for Physics, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2003)
  • 2004-2007: PostDoc at Brazilian Center Research for Physics, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 2007-2009: Scientific Collaborator at Laboratory for Quantum Magnetism, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Expertise: Development of experimental methods at high pressure, very low- temperatures and high magnetic field to study quantum phase transitions in quantum spin and heavy fermion systems: Electrical transport, specific heat, magnetic susceptibility, Mössbauer, XAS and uSR
  • Tasks in project: High-pressure physics

Dr. Karl-Anton Lorenzer
August 2009 - December 2012
March 2013 - May 2013

  • MSc from TU Vienna (2009)
  • PhD from TU Vienna (2013)
  • Expertise: Dilatometric studies (thermal expansion and magnetostriction), magnetization, resistivity, and specific heat measurements, Itinerant metamagnets
  • Tasks in project: Conduct low temperature experiments and publication of results



Univ. Ass. Dr. Valentina Martelli
December 2012 - March 2015

  • PhD from University of Florence, Italy (2012)
  • Since 2012: University Assistant at Vienna University of Technology
  • Expertise: Electrical resistivity, Hall effect, Nernst effect, thermopower, thermal conductivity, thermal expansion at low temperatures
  • Tasks in project: Thermopower, thermal conductivity, Nernst effect measurements at low-temperatures and under magnetic field




Dr. Martin Müller
June 2009 - August 2014

  • PhD from TU Vienna
  • 2000-2001: Institute of Experimental Physics, Vienna University of Technology
  • Since 2002: Institute of Solid State Physics, Vienna University of Technology
  • Since 2009: Senior Scientist, Institute of Solid State Physics, Vienna University of Technology
  • Expertise: Low and ultra-low temperature measurements of electrical resistivity, Hall-effect, and ac-susceptibility, technical superconductivity, Mößbauer-effect
  • Tasks in project: Technical support for low and ultra-low temperature experiments



Robert Pierce, IAESTE student
October 2011 - November 2011

  • MPhys (Physics) from University of Leicester, UK (2011)
  • Expertise: Solid state physics
  • Tasks in project: Measurement setups, programming

 

 

Rafael Reiter, BSc
September 2012

  • BSc from TU Vienna (2011)
  • Tasks in project: Software engineering and support





Dr. Anna Tóth, PostDoc Research Associate
August 2011 - March 2013

  • M.Phys. in elementary particle theory from Lorand Eotvos University, Budapest, Hungary (2003)
  • PhD in condensed matter theory from Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary (2009)
  • 2009-2011: Postdoctoral fellow at Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA
  • Expertise: Kondo effect, non-Fermi liquid behavior, numerical renormalization group, scaling, crystal field theory and representation theory of SU(2)
  • Tasks in project: Developing theory for Kondo insulators


Dipl.-Ing. Hannes H. Winkler, PhD student
March 2010 - April 2013

  • MSc from TU Vienna (2010)
  • Expertise: Magnetization, resistivity and specific heat measurements, strongly correlated electron systems
  • Tasks in project: Crystal growth, characterization, low temperature properties

 

 

Dipl.-Ing. Alexander Zavarsky
November 2010 - January 2011

  • MSc from TU Vienna (2010)
  • Expertise: Programming, lab automation
  • Tasks in project: Measurement setup and control

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