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New Appointment to the University

On 1 May 2020, a new professor was appointed at Chemnitz University of Technology - Prof. Dr. Martina Hentschel is now head of the Professorship of Theoretical Physics of Complex Dynamic Systems

On 1 May 2020, Prof. Dr. Martina Hentschel was appointed as the Chair of Theoretical Physics of Complex Dynamic Systems at the Faculty of Natural Sciences (link ) at Chemnitz University of Technology. The ceremonial appointment by the president, Prof. Dr. Gerd Strohmeier, will be made up for at a later date due to the current situation.

Martina Hentschel would like to continue her manifold research work at Chemnitz University of Technology in the field of so-called mesoscopic physics; this refers to physical systems in the micrometer range that are small enough to be described by non-classical (wave) phenomena but too large for elementary (quantum mechanical) treatment. Therefore, methods from both worlds are used to understand them as in the principle of the ray-wave correspondence. Hentschel is particularly interested in micro- and nanophotonics, and she would like to extend this focus at the university to include Chemnitz-specific aspects.

Although she is a theoretical physicist, she is particularly interested in the direct exploitation of fundamental phenomena, such as interference effects, which only occur when systems are small enough - i.e. mesoscopic. This concerns applications ranging from sensors to novel light sources. Martina Hentschel would also like to continue her interdisciplinary orientation in Chemnitz.

Martina Hentschel appreciates the excellent local staff at Chemnitz University of Technology, . In addition to her, four other female professors conduct research and teach physics. This is a unique situation in Germany and a great opportunity for the university.

About Prof. Dr. Martina Hentschel

Prof. Dr. Martina Hentschel studied physics at the TU Dresden and at Imperial College London and graduated from both universities. In 2001 she received her doctorate on "Electronic and optical mesoscopic systems" at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (MPIPKS) in Dresden and at the TU Dresden. Hentschel completed her post-doc phase in Dresden (MPIPKS) and the USA (Duke University, Durham). This was followed by academic stations in Japan (ATR Wave Engineering Laboratories, Kyoto) and Regensburg (Institute for Theoretical Physics). In 2006, Martina Hentschel also took over as head of the Emmy Noether group "Many-body phenomena in mesoscopic systems" at MPIPKS in Dresden. In 2012 she was appointed to the W2 professorship in theoretical physics at Ilmenau University of Technology and further research stays in France (ENS de Lyon and INSA Lyon), the USA (Duke University) and at the University of Regensburg.

(Author: Matthias Fejes / Translation: Chelsea Burris)

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