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New Humboldt Research Award winner at LMU

Munich, 02/20/2013

The latest winner of a Humboldt Research Award to choose LMU as the host for his research sabbatical is theoretical physicist Professor Nigel Cooper from Cambridge University, who has been the guest of LMU’s Physics Faculty since the beginning of January.

Cooper studies novel states of matter that arise as a consequence of quantum mechanical effects in interacting many-body systems. Such effects manifest themselves in certain electronic materials, but they can also be investigated in dilute atomic gases held at ultracold temperatures, where they can give rise to unconventional collective phenomena. Cooper is interested in the interface between these two research areas and has made important contributions to both. The Humboldt Research Award now makes it possible for him to work in close cooperation with the experimentalists in Professor Immanuel Bloch’s group (Max-Planck- Institute of Quantum Optics and LMU) and the group of theorists headed by Professor Wilhelm Zwerger (TU Munich) on the simulation of topological phases using ultracold atoms subjected to synthetic, tunable fields.

Nigel Cooper obtained his PhD from Oxford University in 1994. Following research stints at Harvard University, the Institut Laue-Langevin in Grenoble and at Cambridge University, he was awarded a research fellowship by the Royal Society and obtained a post as a lecturer at Birmingham University. In 2000, Cooper moved back to Cambridge, where he became Professor of Theoretical Physics in 2007, and now heads a research group in condensed matter physics. He is also affiliated with Pembroke College. In 2007, the Institute of Physics in London awarded the Maxwell Medal and the Maxwell Prize to Cooper for his distinguished contributions to research.

The Humboldt Foundation’s programs serve to promote cooperation between excellent German researchers and leading scholars from abroad. Winners of the Humboldt Research Award and holders of Humboldt Research Fellowships are free to choose the German counterparts with whom they wish to collaborate. Hence the number of Humboldt Laureates it hosts is an important measure of the range of an institution’s international contacts and its worldwide reputation. göd

Further information on the Humboldt Research Awards.

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