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KIT brings outstanding experimental physicist back to Germany ...

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KIT brings outstanding experimental physicist back to Germany


At the ceremony in Berlin: award winner Wolfgang Wernsdorfer (second from the left) with the President of KIT, Holger Hanselka (left), State Secretary of the BMBF, Cornelia Quennet-Thielen, and the President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Helmut Schwarz (right). Credit: David Ausserhofer
23 May 2016 Karlsruhe - Germany's award in the highest amount for researchers from abroad was handed over to Professor Wolfgang Wernsdorfer on May 3, in Berlin. The pioneer of molecular spin electronics will now return from France to Germany. From June 01, 2016, Wolfgang Wernsdorfer will continue his research for the development of future quantum computers at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The research award in the amount of 5 million euro was handed over by the State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Cornelia Quennet-Thielen, and the President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Professor Helmut Schwarz.

"Wolfgang Wernsdorfer is the perfect match for KIT", the President of KIT, Professor Holger Hanselka, stated. "It is one of our objectives to make essential contributions in the areas of energy, mobility, and information for coping with the global challenges of mankind. We are very happy to have Mr. Wernsdorfer, an internationally renowned expert in the areas of electronics, spin physics, and quantum computting, in Karlsruhe in the future."

Wolfgang Wernsdorfer will come from the Institut NÉEL of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in Grenoble, France, back to KIT in Germany. He is specialized in molecular quantum spintronics, an area of experimental solid-state physics at the interface to chemistry and materials sciences. Wolfgang Wernsdorfer is among the leading experts worldwide for molecular nanomagnets and their use in quantum computer systems. With his pioneer experiments, Wolfgang Wernsdorfer determined and further developed the area of quantum magnetism. He found how molecular magnets behave under the laws of quantum mechanics. Based on this finding, he was able to build electronic circuits with single molecules, in which electric current can be controlled by the magnetization of the molecule.

Wolfgang Wernsdorfer’s next goal is to integrate extremely small and quick molecular quantum processors into the highly advanced micro-electronic chip technology. This would allow quantum computers to be developed, which are based on magnetic molecules and nuclear spins. If connected in an appropriate way and number, they would be far superior to conventional computers in terms of speed and energy efficiency. The ultimate objective is to use molecular nanomagnets coupled to semiconductor transistors in future quantum computers.

Presently, four spin states can be controlled by quantum mechanics in Wolfgang Wernsdorfer's nanomagnets. With this, one building block of a quantum computer is given: The qubit. "It is my vision for the future to test how many cubits can be connected and how these quantum systems can be applied", Wolfgang Wernsdorfer stated. He will be member of the staff of KIT's Physikalisches Institut and plans to cooperate in an interdisciplinary manner with the Institute of Nanotechnology and the Institute for Theoretical Solid-state Physics.

Wolfgang Wernsdorfer was born in 1966 in Germany and started to study physics at the University of Würzburg after he had passed vocational training to become an electrician and a higher vocational school. He completed his studies at the renowned École Normale Supérieure in Lyon/France. In 1993, he became a doctoral researcher at the Low-Temperature Laboratory and the Laboratoire de Magnetism in Grenoble, France – two of the institutes that formed today's Institut NÉEL of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), where he has held the position of Directeur de Recherche Première Classe since 2008. From June 01, 2016, he will establish the first centre for molecular quantum spintronics of its kind at KIT.

Wolfgang Wernsdorfer was granted a number of high-ranking honours and awards, such as the Agilent Europhysics Prize, the Olivier Kahn International Award, an ERC Advanced Grant of the European Research Council, or the Prix Spécial of the Société Française de Physique.
Source: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology - KIT

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Primeur weekly 2016-05-30

Focus

CERN technology for Large Hadron Collider to evolve from computing Grid to scientific Cloud ...

Quantum computing

Purdue professor selected to establish Station Q Purdue, part of Microsoft Station Q ...

Top international award for UNSW Australia quantum computing chief ...

D-Wave Systems to organize Quantum Computing Seminar at ISC16 ...

New device steps toward isolating single electrons for quantum computing ...

Dartmouth team creates new method to control quantum systems ...

Focus on Europe

The Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias will participate in new European SUNDIAL network ...

Discover how digital technology impacts scientific practice ...

Digital Infrastructures for Research 2016 to issue Call for Papers ...

Middleware

Cray Urika-GX system harnesses supercomputing performance to tackle Big Data analytics ...

Hardware

Cavium announces ThunderX2 ...

Gigantic ultrafast spin currents ...

Introducing the AMD FirePro S7100X, the industry’s first and only hardware-virtualized GPU for blade servers ...

STULZ USA announces strategic investment and commercial partnership with CoolIT Systems ...

Made-in-India supercomputers by August 2017 under govt's Rs 4,500-crore National Supercomputing Mission ...

Applications

KIT brings outstanding experimental physicist back to Germany ...

NOAA's premier forecast model goes 4D ...

Argonne launches first tech incubator ...

Current atmospheric models underestimate the dirtiness of Arctic air ...

The Cloud

FleetCor adopts IBM Cloud to help businesses stay in the fast lane ...

EnerTech of Kuwait Investment Authority selects Cloud-based analytics service from IBM and Waterfund for insights into water costs ...

IBM offers Watson services on Twilio marketplace ...