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Symposium in honor of Bert Halperin at PSI organized by NUM'Celebrating Physics with a Good Excuse' in the honor to the 75th birthday of Bertrand Halperin. Fourteen theorists and seven experimenters, including three researchers from PSI, and coming from six different countries gave colloquium style talks on topics ranging from the fractional quantum Hall effect to the computational complexity of birdsong learning. Participants came from as far as India.
Michel Kenzelmann new head of the LNS from July 1, 2017LNS starting July 1, 2017 on. Michel received his Ph.D. from the University of Oxford before he moved to NIST and John Hopkins University as postdoctoral fellow. In 2004 he joined PSI as an SNF Professor and became head of the NUM laboratory LDM in 2008. Since 2014 Michel holds a titular professorship at the University of Basel. The NUM department also thanks Christof Niedermayer cordially for leading the laboratory ad interim for the last six months.
Extension of solid state chemistry activities
20 years of SINQmore information.
Laura Heyderman new head of the LMX from April 1, 2017LMX starting April 1, 2017 on. After her PhD in the field of magnetic thin films at the CNRS in Paris she worked as a Postdoc at the University of Glasgow. Gathering experiences in different industrial research labs she joined PSI in 1999, where she became a group leader in 2008. Laura holds a professorship for Mesoscopic Systems at the ETH Zurich in the Department of Materials and is also President of the PSI Research Committee.
Thomas Lippert new Editor-in-Chief of Applied Physics A
Christof Niedermayer new head (ad interim) of the LNS from Jan 1, 2017LNS from January 1, 2017 on. Christof studied physics and received his PhD at the University of Konstanz/DE. He spent his postdoctoral fellowship at Vancouver University in Canada before returning back to Konstanz for his habilitation. In 2002 Christof joined the LNS as instrument scientist being responsible for the Triple-Axis Spectrometer RITA-II at SINQ. Since 2011 he is head of the LNS spectroscopy group. In addition, he holds a professorship at the University of Konstanz since 2013.
Christian Rüegg new head of NUM division from Jan 1, 2017
Christian will suceed Kurt Clausen, who will retire on April 30, 2017 after 13 years as head of the NUM division and three years as deputy director of PSI.
SNF professorship and 2 ERC Starting Grants for neutron electric dipole moment search
Florian Piegsa completed his PhD thesis in the group of Ben van den Brandt in LDM/NUM cooperating with TU Munich (Oliver Zimmer) and was the first recipient of the PSI thesis medal in 2009. After postdoc positions at the ILL Grenoble and at the ETH Zurich he worked in the ETH group of Klaus Kirch for the last years. He pursued experiments at SINQ and is a member of the neutron electric dipole moment (nEDM) collaboration at the PSI UCN source. Now he has been granted a SNF professorship at the Albert Einstein Center at the University of Bern and a Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) in order to push forward a new experimental method to search for the nEDM.
Also Guillaume Pignol (LPSC Grenoble), another member of the international nEDM collaboration at PSI, has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant for his proposal “The Neutron Electric Dipole Moment: pushing the precision to understand the matter-antimatter asymmetry” targeting the upcoming n2EDM effort.