Kevin Pichler successfully defended his PhD thesis on “Generalized Application and Time-Reversal of the Lasing Principle” – congratulations! Many thanks go to Lorenzo Pavesi and Alex Krasnok for serving as external referees.
Michael receives Erwin Schrödinger fellowship
Our recently graduated Dr. Horodynski will receive the Erwin Schrödinger fellowship of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). With this grant Michael will join the group of Marin Soljačić at MIT in Boston to work on probabilistic computing with quantum light. Congratulations and all the best for your postdoc in the US!
Alex defended his PhD
Alexander Schumer successfully defended his PhD thesis on “Exceptional Physics near non-Hermitian Degeneracies” – congratulations! Many thanks go to Ulf Peschel and Iacopo Carusotto for serving as external referees.
A motion freezer for many particles
Our work on cooling multiple levitated particles with wavefront shaping has jointly been published in Physical Review Letters and Physical Review A. The two articles were selected for coverage in Physics and received the PRA Editors’ Suggestion. Special thanks go to Jakob and Nicolas for a lot of work in a long but rewarding process!
Ivor receives ESQ discovery grant
Ivor Krešić, our Lise-Meitner postdoctoral fellow, received a Discovery Grant from the Erwin Schrödinger Institute for Quantum Science and Technology (ESQ) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Congratulations!
Michael defended his PhD
Michael Horodynski successfully defended his PhD thesis on “Scattering in Complex Environments: Theory, Wavefront Shaping and System Design” – congratulations! Many thanks also to Owen Miller and Frank Scheffold for serving as external referees.
Top 10 breakthroughs of the year
Two of our works, published together with the groups of Matthieu Davy (in Nature) and of Ori Katz (in Science), were selected jointly for the Top 10 breakthroughs of the year 2022 by PhysicsWorld. Thanks to everyone involved!
Elena defended her PhD
Elena Redchenko from Johannes Fink’s group at IST Austria successfully defended her PhD – congratulations! The experiment she carried out based on theoretical suggestions from our group will be presented in a joint publication that is currently in preparation.
New review on “Shaping the propagation of light in complex media”
Nature Physics featured in its September issue an Insight collection dedicated to “Complex Optics” and invited several teams to provide their input to this focus issue. Together with Hui Cao and Allard Mosk we contributed a review article on “Shaping the propagation of light in complex media” that has now been published here. Many thanks go to Hui and Allard for the great collaborative effort and to Nina Meinzer and her team for putting this issue together!
The perfect trap for light
Together with the team of Ori Katz at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem we just published a paper in Science on how to trick light into getting perfectly absorbed even in a weakly absorbing layer. The idea is to put a degenerate cavity around the absorber, which uses interference to prevent any light from escaping this absorbing trap of light. The article has been highlighted in a very elegant Perspective article written by Jacopo Bertolotti, as well as in Physics Today, Physics World, in the New Scientist and in the APS Physics Magazine. From our team, Helmut Hörner was in charge of simulating the complex interference in this device. Thanks to all for the excellent collaboration!