On the International Women’s Day March 8, 2012 a team led by Francesca Ferlaino created the very first BEC from highly-magnetic erbium atoms in their lab at the University of Innsbruck. Today we celebrate the tenth anniversary of a discovery that marked (along with the first Dy BEC) the beginning of the Lanthanide Era in the field of long-range-interacting ultracold atoms. A curiosity: Innsbruck holds the record as the “condensing city” with its first BEC of Cesium (2002, Grimm’s Group), Strontium (2009, Schreck/Grimm’s Group), and Erbium (2012, Ferlaino’s Group).
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Supersolid observation chosen as favourite Phys. Rev. X paper
The American Physical Society’s high impact journal Physical Review X has chosen its favourite papers for its tenth anniversary. Among those chosen was the first observation of a dipolar supersolid from our group and the simultaneous observation at the University of Stuttgart.
Full article available here: PRX – Ten Years After
Innizer Prize for Francesca Ferlaino
Francesca Ferlaino has been awarded the Cardinal Innitzer Prize for Natural Sciences 2021 last weekend in Vienna for her outstanding achievements in the field of ultracold quantum gases. Her pioneering work with lathanoid atoms has been internationally groundbreaking in this field.
Cardinal Christoph Schönborn awarded 26 scientists with the Cardinal Innitzer Prize at the Archbishop’s Palace in Vienna on Saturday. This year, due to the cancellation of last year’s award ceremony caused by the pandemic, the 2020 and 2021 prizes were awarded together. Named after Vienna Archbishop Cardinal Theodor Innitzer (1875-1955), the science prize is one of the most prestigious awards of its kind in Austria. It has been awarded by the Archdiocese of Vienna since 1962 and is supported by the Federal Ministry of Science, several provinces, as well as banks, insurance companies and the Chamber of Commerce. The list of laureates reads like a “who’s who” of Austrian science.
Francesca Ferlaino was awarded this year’s Cardinal Innitzer Prize for Natural Sciences for her pioneering work with ultracold quantum gases. Her work with lathanoid atoms was particularly highlighted. “As a scientist, you have made a difference when others jump on the bandwagon – nowadays, more and more physicists around the world are working with precisely these atoms. It is therefore no exaggeration to say that Ferlaino has done true pioneering work,” said laudator Ulrike Diebold from TU Wien.
Elected member of the ÖAW
In recognition of her outstanding achievements, Francesca Ferlaino was elected a Corresponding Member of the Mathematical and Natural Sciences Class of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.
The Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) strengthens its ranks with 31 newly elected members. In this year’s elections, 19 female and 12 male researchers from a wide variety of disciplines in the humanities, social and cultural sciences as well as mathematics, natural and technical sciences were awarded membership in the ÖAW for their outstanding scientific achievements. Francesca Ferlaino’s research explores quantum phenomena in atomic gases at ultralow temperatures with contributions spanning topics including quantum matter of atoms and molecules and few-body and scattering physics. Her work has earned her multiple awards, including the prestigious Feltrinelli Prize, the Grand Prix de Physique “Cécile-DeWitt Morette/École de Physique des Houches” from the French Academy of Sciences, the Junior BEC Award, and the Erwin Schrödinger Prize, the highest award of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. In addition, she is recipient of an Alexander-von-Humboldt Professorship, a START-Prize and two ERC Grants (Starting and Consolidator).
Dani is now Doctor of Philosophy
Dani held his defense for his PhD thesis and is now officially a Doctor of Philosophy. He will continue to carry out his research as a post-doctoral fellow beginning of next year in the group of David Norris at the ETH. Congratulations and good luck!
Er-Team hike to the Meissner Haus
On July 23th, the Erbium Team was hiking to the Meissner Haus near Innsbruck to get together for a discussion day.