Matthias Kühmayer successfully defended his PhD on “Optimal Wave Fields in Complex Scattering Environments” – congratulations! Many thanks also to Gregor Thalhammer and Thomas Weiss for serving as external referees.
Together with the teams of Mercedeh Khajavikhan, Demetri Christodoulides and Patrick LiKamWa we showed how to create topological lasing modes in a laser cavity that steers light around an exceptional point. Congratulations to Alexander Schumer, who spent several months with our partner groups in the US and now serves as the first author of a joint paper in Science. See also the news highlight in Laser Focus World and the press release from TU Wien.
Three letters involving our group have just been published in the Physical Review. The topics range from atomic frequency combs, an invariance property of the Fisher information, to the optimal detection of targets in complex media. Many thanks go to our collaborators in France, India, Germany and in the Netherlands.
Matthias Zens successfully defended his PhD on “Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics with Spin Ensembles: From the Semiclassical to the Quantum Regime” – congratulations! Many thanks also to Johannes Feist and Ulrich Hohenester for serving as external referees.
Helmut Hörner and David Globosits, who worked with us on their master projects, just graduated and will pursue their PhD in our group – congratulations and welcome!
Ulf Leonhardt from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel is currently visiting the group in terms of an extended research stay and we enjoy very much the fruitful collaboration with him.
Konstantinos Makris, our previous Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow in the group and long-term collaborator, obtained tenure at the University of Crete. Congratulations!
An image proposed by Matthias Kühmayer to illustrate our work on `Scattering Invariant Modes´ was selected for the June cover image of Nature Photonics. Congrats to Matthias!
This year, three of our present and past postdocs in the group have obtained faculty positions in India as well as research positions in Croatia and at the CNRS in France. Congratulations to Himadri, Ivor and Nicolas!
Together with the team of Allard Mosk at Utrecht University, we published a paper in Nature Photonics in which we introduce the concept of “scattering-invariant modes”. These special light waves have the property that they produce the same light pattern in the far-field, irrespective of whether a strongly scattering medium is put in their way or not (see image on the left). Find out more about these indestructible beams of light in the news highlight on Physics World or in the freely available version of the article.