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Chair for Technical Physics (E23), Technische Universität München

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2014
July 11, 2014

2013
December 18, 2013
November 29, 2013
October 20, 2013
October 19, 2013
October 01, 2013
September 09-13, 2013
May 13, 2013
January 21, 2013
January 6-9, 2013

2012
October 27, 2012
September 13, 2012
June 15, 2012
March 21-23, 2012
March 07, 2012
Feb 26 - Mar 02, 2012

2011
October 15, 2011
July 22, 2011
May 28, 2011
April 14-15, 2011
March 31, 2011
March 21, 2011

2010
Dec 04, 2010
July 26, 2010
May 15, 2010
July 23, 2010

2009
October 24, 2009
June 15, 2009

2008
Dec 06, 2008
Oct 18, 2008
July 10, 2008
July 05, 2008
July 02, 2008

2007
December 06, 2007
November 12, 2007
October 3-5, 2007
May 31, 2007
March 21, 2007

2006
October 17, 2006
October 15, 2006

2005
November 2, 2005
August 01, 2005

2004
October 23, 2004
October 13-17, 2004
May 27-28, 2004
April 1, 2004
March 1, 2004

2003
November 1, 2003
October 07, 2003
July 01, 2007
February 07, 2003
2014
July 11, 2014
WMI Meets Alumni & WMI Summer Party 2014
WMIThe WMI summer party with talks by former institute members on their current activities.

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2013
December 18, 2013
New book: Festkörperphysik. Aufgaben und Lösungen, by R. Gross, A. Marx and D. Einzel
WMI The new book "Festkörperphysik. Aufgaben und Lösungen" by R. Gross, A. Marx and D. Einzel has been published by the Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag München on December 18, 2013. The book contains model solutions to all exercises listed at the end of the chapters of the solid state physics textbook "Festköperphysik" by R. Gross and A. Marx, which was published in the Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag in September 2012. The book is ideal for preparing for an examination and for learning on one's own.

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November 29, 2013
Nanomechanics in the French Media
NIM The joint work between Walther-Meißner-Institut and l’École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne on electro-nanomechanical systems made it into the French general media. Both groups developed a new technique for controlling the propagation of microwaves.

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October 20, 2013
Book Review on "Festkörperphysik" by R. Gross and A. Marx
WMI The recently published book "Festkörperphysik" by Rudolf Gross and Achim Marx" is getting a very positive review in the Physik Journal.
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October 19, 2013
Open House from 11:00 to 18:00 (Tag der offenen Tür)
WMI The Walther Meißner Institute contributes to the Open House Event (Tag der offenen Tür) at the Research Campus Garching by an attractive program for anybody interested in science. The Walther Meißner Institute works on topical problems of low temperature research. In talks and demonstration experiments, an insight into current research projects in the fields of superconductivity, low temperature research, and nanotechnology is given. In addition, our facilities for developing new thin film material systems and crystal growth can be visited.

WMI poster with additional information (pdf, 552k)

Information on the activities of the other research institutions can be found at Science at Garching.
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October 01, 2013
Physics World; Focus on big Science: Through a crystal darkly -- Crystal Growth for Direct Dark Matter Search
Logo (png, 5k)In their hunt for dark matter, a group of physicists from the TUM and the Walther Meissner-Institute, have set up a special facility to grow and process scintillating single-crystals of calcium tungstate. The choice of CaWO4, as a detector material has several reasons: it can be grown in a satisfactorily radiopure way – the intrinsic radioactivity of about 2×10-3 Bq/kg, some 1,000,000 times lower than the levels of radioactivity in the human body – but also consists of 3 different nuclei which makes it a multi-element material for nuclear recoils of the dark matter particles known as WIMPs (Weakly Interacting Massive Particles) which are searched for within the CRESST and the future EURECA experiments in deep underground facilities located in Italy (and France).

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September 09-13, 2013
WMI co-organizes the International Conference on Resonator QED in Munich
WMI Peter Domokos (Wigner), Rudolf Gross (WMI), Gerhard Rempe (MPQ) & Tatjana Wilk (MPQ) organize an International Conference bringing together the communities of cavity-QED and solid state circuit-QED. More than 120 participants are expected.

A particular highlight will be a public evening lecture on Cavity QED given by the Nobel Laureate Serge Haroche. The lecture will take place on 11 September 2013 at the Ehrensaal of the Deutsches Museum in Munich.
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May 13, 2013
In a collaboration with partners from Tohoku University and Delft University of Technology, researchers from the Walther-Meißner-Institut (WMI), Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften and Technische Universität München, discovered a new type of magnetoresistance, resulting from spin-dependent scattering at a metal-magnet interface. This novel effect may potentially be used to study the magnetization in insulating magnets or to develop new spintronic devices.
January 21, 2013
In a collaboration with partners from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and the Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics, researchers from the Walther-Meißner-Institut (WMI), Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften and Technische Universität München, succeeded to introduce a radically different approach to control the propagation of microwave signals.
January 6-9, 2013
Sebastian T. B. Goennenwein of WMI in collaboration with Christian Heiliger (Justus Liebig Universität, Gießen) and Diemo Ködderitzsch (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München) organizes the 510. Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Seminar on "Non-magnetic Control of Spin"

2012
October 27, 2012
Open House from 11:00 to 18:00 (Tag der offenen Tür)
WMI The Walther Meißner Institute contributes to the Open House Event (Tag der offenen Tür) at the Research Campus Garching by an attractive program for anybody interested in science. The Walther Meißner Institute works on topical problems of low temperature research. In talks and demonstration experiments, an insight into current research projects in the fields of superconductivity, low temperature research, and nanotechnology is given. In addition, our facilities for developing new thin film material systems and crystal growth can be visited.

WMI poster with additional information (pdf, 663k)

Information on the activities of the other research institutions can be found at Science at Garching.
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September 13, 2012
Mathias Weiler of WMI has been awarded the year 2012 prize of the Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation in recognition of his work on "Magnon-Phonon Interactions in Ferromagnetic Thin Films"
June 15, 2012
NIM receives funding for another five years within the German Excellence Initiative
March 21 - 23, 2012
Rudi Hackl and his team from the Walther-Meißner-Institute organizes the International Workshop on Superconductivity in Iron-based Compounds with more than 100 participants. The workshop takes place in the Munich Residenz from March 21 to 23, 2012.
March 07, 2012
In a collaboration with partners from the University of Bielefeld, researchers from the Walther-Meißner-Institut (WMI), Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften and Technische Universität München, used focussed laser heating to generate local thermally driven spin currents and local thermo-galvanic voltages.
February 26 - March 02, 2012
The CCQED ITN network organizes the CCQED Winter School in Les Hoches, France.
WMIThe school is aimed at PhD students and Post-docs working in the field of circuit and cavity QED. Besides a general introductory course on the principles of the field, there will be lectures on the experimental realizations in different physical systems such as atoms in optical cavities, superconducting circuits, quantum dots in photonic crystal cavities and many more. The participants will learn about the possibilities and the difficulties that each of the systems is offering. Theory sessions will complement the experimental lectures to give a deeper insight in current theoretical approaches. We encourage the participants to present posters about their work to exchange ideas and activate discussions.
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2011
October 15, 2011
Open House from 11:00 to 18:00 (Tag der offenen Tür)
WMI The Walther Meißner Institute contributes to the Open House Event (Tag der offenen Tür) at the Research Campus Garching by an attractive program for anybody being interested in science. The Walther Meißner Institute works on topical problems of low temperature research. In talks and demonstration experiments, an insight into current research projects in the fields of superconductivity, low temperature research, and nanotechnology is given. In addition, our facilities for developing new thin film material systems and crystal growth can be visited.

WMI poster with additional information (pdf, 663k)

Information on the activities of the other research institutions can be found at Science at Garching.
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July 22, 2011
WMI Meets Industry
WMIWMI summer party with talks by former institute members on their current activities in industry.

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May 28, 2011
The Senatsausschuss für die Angelegenheiten der Sonderforschungsbereiche of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) has granted the third funding period of SFB 631.
SFB 631Within 17 research projects subdivided into three research areas, research groups from the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BAdW), the Technical University of Munich (TUM), the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU), the Max-Planck-Institute for Quantum Optics (MPQ), as well as the University of Regensburg and the University of Augsburg are collaborating. In addition to the 35 principle investigators, more than 60 Ph.D. and master students as well as a large number postdocs and guests scientists are involved in the research activities. Spokesman of SFB 631 is Prof. Rudolf Gross, Walther-Meißner-Institute of BAdW and Chair for Technical Physics (E23) of TUM.

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April 14-15, 2011
WMI organizes the International Workshop of the FP7 Project FINELUMEN
WMI The Finelumen bi-annual meeting is held at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities in the Munich Residence.

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March 31, 2011
WMI article listed in NJP's "Best of 2010"

The New Journal of Physics, an open-access journal jointly published by the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG) and the Institute of Physics (IOP), lists our article

A. Ney, M. Opel, T.C. Kaspar, V. Ney, S. Ye, K. Ollefs, T. Kammermeier, S. Bauer, K.-W. Nielsen, S.T.B. Goennenwein, M.H. Engelhard, S. Zhou, K. Potzger, J. Simon, W. Mader, S.M. Heald, J.C. Cezar, F. Wilhelm, A. Rogalev, R. Gross, and S.A. Chambers
Advanced spectroscopic synchrotron techniques to unravel the intrinsic properties of dilute magnetic oxides: the case of Co:ZnO

New J. Phys. 12, 013020 (2010)

in the collection "Best of 2010".

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March 21, 2011
WMI participates in FP7 project CCQED
WMI The Walther-Meißner-Institute participates in the network Circuit and Cavity Quantum Electro-Dynamics (CCQED). This network has been granted 3.5 Million Euros by the European Union through a Marie Curie Action within the Seventh Framework Program Initial Training Network ITN-People-2010 . The aim of CCQED is to bridge two communities in physics, in the academic and private sectors, to share, pursue and diffuse within Europe the benefits of collaborations in the science of elementary quanta

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2010
Dec 04, 2010
Achim Marx receives the Rotary Prize “Hofgarten” 2010 of BAdW
WMIDr. Achim Marx of WMI was awarded the Rotary Prize “Hofgarten” 2010 of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities in recognition of his pioneering work on solid state nanostructures and their application in quantum information processing systems.

The prize has been presented to Achim Marx on December 4, 2010 by the president of the Academy within an Annual Meeting of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities in the Munich Residence.

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July 26, 2010
Pushing light-matter interaction to the limits
SFB 631

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Circuit quantum electrodynamics in the ultrastrong-coupling regime
T. Niemczyk, F. Deppe, H. Huebl, E. P. Menzel, F. Hocke, M. J. Schwarz, J. J. Garcia-Ripoll, D. Zueco, T. Hümmer, E. Solano, A. Marx & R. Gross
Nature Physics, published online: 25 July 2010; | doi:10.1038/nphys1730



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July 23, 2010
WMI meets industry
The program of the WMI meets industry and the WMI summer party can be found here.
May 15, 2010
Open House at the WMI from 18.00 to 24.00h (Lange Nacht der Wissenschaft)
WMI The Walther Meißner Institute contributes to the Open House Event (Lange Nacht der Wissenschaft) at the Research Campus Garching by an attractive program for anybody being interested in science. The Walther Meißner Institute works on topical problems of low temperature research. In talks and demonstration experiments, an insight into current research projects in the fields of superconductivity, low temperature research, and nanotechnology is given. In addition, our facilities for developing new thin film material systems can be visited.

WMI poster with additional information (pdf, 863k)

Information on the activities of the other research institutions can be found at Science at Garching.

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2009
October 24, 2009
Open Day at the WMI from 11 to 18 h
WMI The Walther-Meißner-Institute contributes to the Open Day at the Research Campus Garching by an attractive program for everybody being interested in science. The Walther-Meißner-Institute works on topical problems of low temperature research. In talks and demonstration experiments an insight into current research projects in the fields of superconductivity and spinelectronics is given. In addition, our facilities for developing new material systems as well as for liquefying helium can be visited.

WMI-Poster with informations on the Open Day (pdf, 1M)

Informations on the activities of the other research institutions can be found under Science at Garching.

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June 15, 2009
Festkolloquium Prof. Klaus Andres
WMI Prof. Dr. Klaus Andres, director of the Walther-Meißner-Institute from 1980 to 1999, celebrated his 75th birthday in March 2009. On this occasion, the Kolloquium der Münchner Physiker will organize a Festkolloquium on Monday, June 15th, 2009 in the Lecture Hall 2 of the Physics Department of the Technical University of Munich in Garching.

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Flyer (pdf, 619k)

2008
Dec 06, 2008
Sebastian T.B. Gönnenwein receives Arnold Sommerfeld Award 2008
WMI Sebastian T.B. Gönnenwein of Walther-Meißner-Institut received the Arnold Sommerfeld-Award 2008 of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities in recognition of his pioneering work on thin film systems consisting of superconducting, magnetic and semiconducting materials and their application in novel spintronic devices.

The prize has been presented to Sebastian Gönnenwein on December 6, 2008 by the president of the Academy within the Annual Meeting of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities in the Munich Residence.

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Oct 18, 2008
Open Day at the WMI from 11 to 18 h
WMI The Walther-Meißner-Institute contributes to the Open Day at the Research Campus Garching. In talks and demonstration experiments an insight into current research projects in the fields of superconductivity and spinelectronics is given. In addition, our facilities for developing new material systems as well as for liquefying helium can be visited.

WMI-Poster with informations on the Open Day (pdf, 1M)

Informations on the activities of the other research institutions can be found under Science at Garching.

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July 10, 2008
Symmetry makes the difference -
controllable symmetry breaking in solid-state qubits allows for new possibilities in the design of quantum circuits
SFB 631

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Two-photon probe of the Jaynes–Cummings model and controlled symmetry breaking in circuit QED
Frank Deppe, Matteo Mariantoni, E. P. Menzel, A. Marx, S. Saito, K. Kakuyanagi, H. Tanaka, T. Meno, K. Semba, H. Takayanagi, E. Solano & R. Gross
Nature Physics, published online: 29 June 2008; | doi:10.1038/nphys1016

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July 05, 2008
The nature of ferromagnetism in cobalt-doped ZnO
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Nanosized superparamagnetic precipitates in cobalt-doped ZnO
M. Opel, K.-W. Nielsen, S. Bauer, S.T.B. Goennenwein, J.C. Cezar, D. Schmeisser, J. Simon, W. Mader and R. Gross
Eur. Phys. J. B 63, 437- 444 (2008) | DOI: 10.1140/epjb/e2008-00252-4

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July 02, 2008
WMI introductory seminar is awarded the "Goldene Kreide"
WMIThe introductory seminar on "Macroscopic Quantum Phenomena" jointly organized by the Walther-Weißner-Institut (S.B.T. Gönnenwein, R. Gross, R. Hackl, A. Marx and M. Opel) and the chair E21 (Ch. Pfleiderer) of the TU München has been awared the "Goldene Kreide" in the SS 2008 in the category "Best Introductory Seminar".

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2007
Prof. Dr. Rudolf Gross has been awarded the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal of TUM
WMIRudolf Gross of WMI has been awarded the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal of the Technische Universität München in recognition of his merits as the spokesman of the Collaborative Research Center 631 on Solid State Quantum Information: Physical Concepts and Materials Aspects.

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2007 VDE/VDI diploma thesis prize awarded to Andreas Brandlmaier
WMIAndreas Brandlmaier of WMI has been honored with the 2007 diploma thesis prize of the Verband der Elektrotechnik Elektronik Informationstechnik (VDE), Bezirk Südbayern, and the Verein Deutscher Ingenieure (VDI) for his excellent diploma thesis entitled "Magnetische Anisotropie in dünnen Schichten aus Magnetit".

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October 3-5, 2007
WMI organizes the Conference on Cryoelectronic Devices 2007 at Herrsching, Bavaria
The Conference on Cryoelectronic Devices 2007 takes place in the Haus der bayerischen Landwirtschaft Herrsching at Herrsching, Bavaria. It addresses new developments and trends in the fields of superconducting electronics and cryoengineering. Particular topics of the 2007 conference are: (i) unconventional Josephson junctions (ii) pi- Josephson junctions and ferromagnet/superconductor structures (iii) SQUIDs, SQIFs and Josephson networks, (iv) Josephson voltage standard, SETs and RSFQ, (v) superconducting qubits, (vi) microwave devices, (vii) flux pinning, (viii) cryodetectors, and (ix) cooling techniques.

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May 31, 2007
German Science Foundation (DFG) grants the second funding period (07/2007 - 06/2011) of the Collaborative Research Center 631 on Solid-State Quantum Information Processing: Physical Concepts and Materials Aspects
SFB 631 The Senatsausschuss für die Angelegenheiten der Sonderforschungsbereiche of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) has granted the second funding period of SFB 631 during his meeting on May 21 and 22, 2007. Within 18 research projects subdivided into three research areas, research groups from the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BAdW), the Technical University of Munich (TUM), the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU), the Max-Planck-Institute for Quantum Optics (MPQ), as well as the University of Regensburg and the University of Augsburg are collaborating. In addition to the 35 principle investigators, more than 60 PhD and diploma students as well as a large number postdocs and guests scientists are involved in the research activities. Spokesman of SFB 631 is Rudolf Gross, Walther-Meißner-Institute of BAdW and Chair for Technical Physics (E23) of TUM.

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March 21, 2007
Semiconductor Spintronics: WMI participates in the new DFG Priority Program 1285
NIM LogoThe Walther-Meißner-Institute participates in the new DFG Priority Program on "Semiconductor Spin Electronics" with the project Spin Injection, Spin Transport and Controllable Ferromagnetism in Transition Metal Doped ZnO. The program has been granted by the senate of the German Science Foundation (DFG) and starts in May 2007. The new priority program aims at the clarification of the physical foundations of a future semiconductor based spin electronics as well as the development of basic spintronic devices by a close collaboration of theoretical, experimental, and materials science oriented groups.

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2006
October 17, 2006
Excellent Research at WMI: Cluster of Excellence "Nanosystems Initiative Munich (NIM)" has been granted
NIM Logo The cluster “Nanosystems Initiative Munich (NIM)” is one of the Clusters of Excellence, which have been selected on October 13, 2006 by the German government's “Excellence Initiative”. In the cluster of excellence Nanosystems Initiative Munich (NIM), scientists from various research facilities in the Munich area in the fields of physics, biophysics, physical chemistry, biochemistry, pharmaceuticals, biology, electronics and medicine work together. The goal is to design, produce and control a series of artificial and multifunctional nanosystems. Ultimately the researchers wish to create interconnected and interactive networks of artificial nanomodules. The cluster is coordinated by J.P. Kotthaus (CeNS, LMU Munich) and G. Abstreiter (WSI, TU Munich).
The Walther-Meißner-Institute actively participates in the research program of NIM in the research areas A (single electron and spin nanosystems), C (quantum information nanosystems), and F (nanoanalytics and enabling techniques). Rudolf Gross of Walther-Meißner-Institute is member of the coordination board of NIM.

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October 15, 2006
Open Day at the WMI from 10 to 17 h
WMI The Walther-Meißner-Institute contributes to the Open Day at the Research Campus Garching by an attractive program for everybody being interested in science. The Walther-Meißner-Institute works on topical problems of low temperature research. In talks and demonstration experiments an insight into current research projects in the fields of superconductivity and spinelectronics is given. In addition, our facilities for developing new material systems as well as for liquefying helium can be visited.

WMI-Poster with informations on the Open Day (pdf, 212 kB)

Informations on the activities of the other research institutions can be found under Science at Garching.

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2005
November 02, 2005
DFG grants second period of Priority Program 1157 on Integrated Electroceramic Functional Structures
WMI The Walther-Meißner-Institute participates in the DFG Priority Program 1157 on Integrated Electroceramic Functional Structures since 2003. The review meeting of the first two-year period took place in June 2005 at Bertesgaden. The project on "New Functional Thin Film Structures Based on Artificial Heteroepitaxial Multilayers of Transition Metal Oxides" submitted by the Walther-Meißner-Institute (Prof. Gross) in close collaboration with the Institute for Inorganic Chemistry of the University of Bonn (Prof. Mader) was evaluated positively and is funded for a further two-year period.
The project aims at the fabrication of multi-functional thin film structures with optimized materials properties and new functionality using Laser molecular beam epitaxy. Spin engineering in magnetic heterostructures, the exploition of strain for modifying and control of magnetic properties, and the development of multiferroic materials are central aspects of the project. An important goal is the development of a thorough understanding of the underlying physics as well as the optimization of material properties and functionality.In this respect the clarification of the interdependence between structural and electronic/magnetic properties of the complex multilayer structures is of key relevance.

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August 01, 2005
Dr. Kurt Uhlig of WMI received the Cryogenics 2004 Award
WMI Dr. Kurt Uhlig received the Cryogenics 2004 Award for his article entiteld "Dry dilution refrigerator with pulse tube precooling". The award ceremony took place during the International Cryogenic Engineering Conference 2005 in Keystone, Colorado.

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2004
October 23, 2004
Open Day at the Walther-Meißner-Institute
WMI The Walther-Meißner-Institute actively contributes to the Open Day at the Research Campus Garching by an attractive information program for everybody being interested in science. The Walther-Meißner-Institute works on topical problems of low temperature research. In talks and demonstration experiments an insight into current research projects in the fields of superconductivity and spinelectronics is given. In addition, our facilities for developing new material systems as well as for liquefying helium can be visited.

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September 13-17, 2004
International Workshop on Solid-State Quantum Information Processing
WMI The Walther-Meißner-Institute organizes the International Workshop on Solid-State Quantum Information Processing (QIP2004). The workshop will be held at Herrsching close to Munich, Germany, from September 13 to 17, 2004. It is sponsored by the Cooperative Research Center 631 of the German Science Foundation, which is a joint research effort on solid state based quantum information processing of several research institutions in the greater Munich area. The aim of the workshop is to promote an international discussion of the progress in solid state based quantum information processing including hardware concepts, theoretical foundations of solid state based qubits as well as quantum information theory.

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May 27-28, 2004
Workshop on Fluctuating Charge Order in HTSC at WMI
The Walther-Meißner-Institute organizes the Workshop on Fluctuating Charge Order in HTSC. The workshop is held at the Walther-Meißner-Institute in Garching.

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April 1, 2004
Prof. Gross has been elected member of the DFG Review Board "Condensed Matter Physics"
WMI One of the main tasks of the members of the DFG Review Boards, who serve in an honorary capacity, is to ensure the quality of the DFG’s review process. This is significantly different from the tasks carried out by the DFG’s review committees, which were in place until 2004. Whereas review committees were responsible for conducting individual peer reviews, the DFG’s review boards are now responsible for ensuring the overall quality of the review process. Peer review is generally carried out outside the review boards (please note that exceptions, particularly in the coordinated programmes, may be made). The aim is to achieve a clear distinction between individual peer review and an overall assessment of the review process (quality assurance).

Reviewers who evaluate individual proposals are no longer “elected”, but are selected for their expertise in the subject area in question. Having unelected reviewers participate in the review process is not completely new. Even during the work of the review committees, "special reviewers" were used to a considerable extent in some subject areas. This was especially necessary when the elected members of the review committees did not have the specialist knowledge of the proposals’ subject matter or could not be involved for personal reasons, for example conflicts of interest or excessive workloads. The main criteria for selecting reviewers are still their academic and scientific qualifications and standing and a specialist knowledge of the proposal's subject matter (while at the same time avoiding conflicts of interest).

The review boards’ responsibilities and procedures are laid down in the “Rahmengeschäftsordnung”, a framework of rules and regulations established by the DFG’s Senate.

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March 01, 2004
High Temperature Superconductivity: New Research Unit of the German Science Foundation
WMI The Grants Committee on General Research Funding of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) has decided to establish the new Research Unit on "Doping Dependence of Phase Transitions and Ordering Phenomena in the Cuprate Superconductors" (FOR 538). The WMI contributes 3 projects to this joint research effort of 4 different German laboratories.

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2003
November 01, 2003
Prof. Dr. Bianca Hermann head of new Scanning Probe Microscopy Division at WMI
WMI On July 01, 2003, Dr. Bianca Hermann became C3 professor for experimental physics at the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich. On October 01, 2003 she started to establish a new division for scanning probe microscopy (SPM) at the Walther-Meißner-Institute for low temperature physics of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences in Garching.

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October 07, 2003
Nobel Prize in Physics 2003
NIM Logo The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2003 "for pioneering contributions to the theory of superconductors and superfluids" jointly to Alexei A. Abrikosov, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois, USA, Vitaly L. Ginzburg, P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute, Moscow, Russia, and Anthony J. Leggett, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, USA.

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July 31, 2003
DFG grants new Collaborative Research Center 631 on "Solid state based quantum information processing: physical concepts and materials aspects"
WMI The Sonderforschungsbereich 631 (Collaborative Research Centre 631) was installed by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Science Foundation) effective in July 1, 2003. Within 15 projects research groups from the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, the Technical University of Munich, the Ludwig-Maximilians-University, the Max-Planck-Institute for Quantum Optics, as well as the University of Regensburg and the University of Augsburg are collaborating. In addition to 30 senior scientists, more than 30 PhD and diploma students as well as a large number of guests are
involved in the research activities.

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February 07, 2003
Prof. Dr. Rudolf Gross elected regular member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities
WMI On February 7th, 2003 the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities elected Prof. Dr. Rudolf Gross, chair for technical physics (E23) at the Technical University of Munich and director of the Walther-Meißner-Institute for low temperature research, as a regular member of the class for natural sciences and mathematics.

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