Ferdinand Schmidt-Kaler, Prof. Dr.

Main Research Fields

More that 160 publications in Laser cooling and trapping of atoms and ions, high resolution spectroscopy, quantum information technologies with atoms, ions, electrons and solids.

Academic education:

  • 10/1983 - 07/1984: Studies of physics, Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany
  • 09/1984 - 04/1986: Studies of physics, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 05/1986 - 05/1989: Studies of physics, Technical University München, Germany

Scientific certificates and degrees

  • Diploma 05/1989 : Physics, Technical University München, Sub-Poisson-Statistik am Ein-Atom Maser, supervised by Prof. H.Walther and Dr. G. Rempe
  • Dissertation 11/1992: Physics, Ludwig Maximilian University München, Hochauflösende Spektroskopie des 1S-2S Übergangs in einem kalten Wasserstoff- und Deuterium-Atomstrahl, supervised by Prof. T.W. Hänsch, summa cum laude
  • Habilitation 4/2001: Experimental Physics, University of Innsbruck, Austria, Experimente zur Quanten-Informationsverarbeitung, mentored Prof. Dr. R. Blatt

Professional career:

  • 05/1989 - 05/1992: Postgraduate, Max-Planck Institute for Quantum Optics, Garching, Germany
  • 06/1992 - 08/1993: Postdoctoral research assistant with T.W. Hänsch (Laser spectroscopy Group), Max-Planck-Institute for Quantum Optics, Garching, Germany
  • 09/1993 - 09/1995: Postdoctoral research assistent with S. Haroche (cavity-QED), Laboratoire Kastler Brossel, Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, France
  • 10/1995 - 09/2001: Senior research assistant (Universitätsassistent) with R. Blatt (Quantum Optics and Spectroscopy group), Institute for experimental physics, University of Innsbruck, Austria
  • 10/2001 - 09/2004: a.o. Professor with R. Blatt (Quantum Optics and Spectroscopy group), Institute for experimental physics, University of Innsbruck, Austria
  • 10/2004 - 05/2010:  Full Professor (C4), Institute for Quantum Information Processing, University of Ulm, Germany
  • since 05/2010       : Full Professor (W3), Experimental Physics, Quantum, University of Mainz, Germany

Awards:

  • 1993: Helmholtz-Award for Hochpräzisionsmessungen von Naturkonstanten by the Deutsche Physikalische Bundesanstalt Braunschweig, Germany
  • 1997: Innovationspreis of the Tiroler Sparkasse
  • 2004: Rudolf-Kaiser-Award 2003

Organisational skills and competences

  • 1999/  2005:  Member of the Organization Committee of international Conferences ICOLS1999 and ICAP2005
  • 2005-  2010:  Spokesperson of the SFB-TRR21 for Ulm
  • since   2009:  Coordinator of the European Integrated Project AQUTE
  • 2006 - 2008:  Prodecan of the Faculty
    2009-  2010:  Prodecan of the Faculty
  • 2008 - 2009:  Studiendekan of physics
  • since   2006:  Member of the Editorial Board of the Europhysics Journal D
  • 2007-  2010:  Co-chair of the Quantum Optics and Photonics division of the German Physical Society
  • since   2010:  Chair of the Quantum Optics and Photonics division of the German Physical Society
  • since   2010:  Member of the ERC evaluation panel