Award of Excellence 2014 to Stefan Nimmrichter

Workgroup Arndt Group


09. Dec 2014  — The "Awards of Excellence" of the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW) promote young academic talents. Stefan Nimmrichter was among the awardees of the year 2013/2014 who were recognized for their outstanding dissertations.


Award of Excellence 2014 to Stefan Nimmrichter


Stefan Nimmrichter is now working in the group of Klaus Hornberger at the University of Duisburg-Essen. More information on Stefan's current research interests can be found here.

More on his doctoral thesis "Macroscopic Matter-wave Interferometry" under the supervision of Markus Arndt:

In my thesis I have developed theoretical methods to facilitate, assess, and interpret macroscopic matter-wave interference experiments with molecules and nanoparticles, as conceived and implemented in the Quantum Nanophysics Group at the University of Vienna. I will give a short overview of these methods with a focus on the feasible mass limits of the most recent implementation of the Talbot-Lau near-field interference scheme in Vienna. I will then turn to the question of how to quantify the macroscopicity of mechanical quantum phenomena in general, developing a systematic and observation-based answer. This admits an objective comparison between arbitrary quantum experiments on mechanical systems.