New Max Planck Research Group focuses on quantum phenomena

12.01.2017, 15:11

Claudiu Genes has taken up his work as newly appointed research group leader at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light as of January 2017. His group is engaged in research on theoretical aspects of quantum optics. This field of work fits in well with the Max Planck Institute’s mission to investigate novel aspects of light, in particular at the single photon level.

Many semiconductor materials such as silicon have become essential concomitants of modern life as we know it. They are found as chip components in every smartphone, tablet and computer. Organic semiconductors, by contrast, are used only very rarely due to their limited capacity to transport electrons. Yet they could actually serve as an inexpensive and flexible alternative to conventional semiconductors. That is exactly what the research team around Claudiu Genes are after: “We’re working on ways to change the properties of organic materials by exploiting their interaction with light.” With this approach the scientists aim to improve the materials’ electron transport capacity. Practical applications of such techniques are already discernible on the distant horizon, for example in the shape of devices that will be modifiable by light.

Claudiu Genes studied in Bukarest, Romania, and went on to take his doctorate at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA in 2006. This was followed by research stays at the University of Camerino in Italy and the University of Innsbruck in Austria. From 2013 on he directed a research group at the University Innsbruck, before moving on to Erlangen to take on a post as research group leader at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light as of the start of 2017. In 2013 he received the Ludwig Boltzmann Award of the Austrian Physical Society in recognition of his scientific achievements in the field of cavity optomechanics.

Max Planck Research Groups for the promotion of young scientists

Max Planck Research Groups are a widespread type of small research entity at the Max Planck Institutes which are established outside their institute’s departments and conduct their own, entirely independent research. They involve a number of doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows working jointly on a specific research topic under the directions of a research group leader who will have been appointed by the presidents of the Max Planck Society. Research group leader positions are staffed with talented young scientists who will ideally have completed their doctorate not more than 7 seven years prior to their appointment.

Research activities of Claudiu Genes: