Programm Wintersemester 2019/2020

Montag, 14.10.2019 , 16:15 Uhr, Hörsaal 28 D 001

Claudia Felser (MPI Dresden)

Topological materials science

Topology, a mathematical concept, recently became a hot and truly transdisciplinary topic in condensed matter physics, solid state chemistry and materials science. Since there is a direct connection between real space: atoms, valence electrons, bonds and orbitals, and reciprocal space: bands, Fermi surfaces and Berry curvature, a simple classification of topological materials in a single particle picture should be possible. Binary phosphides are an ideal material class for a systematic study of Dirac, Weyl and new Fermion physics, since these compounds can be grown as high-quality single crystals. A new class of topological phases that have Weyl points was also predicted in the family that includes NbP, NbAs. TaP, MoP and WP2. Beyond Weyl and Dirac, new fermions can be identified in compounds that have linear and quadratic 3-, 6- and 8- band crossings that are stabilized by space group symmetries. Crystals of chiral topological materials CoSi, AlPt and RhSi were investigated by angle resolved photoemission and show giant unusual helicoid Fermi arcs with topological charges of ±2. In agreement with the chiral crystal structure two different chiral surface states are observed. In magnetic materials the Berry curvature and the classical anomalous Hall (AHE) and spin Hall effect (SHE) helps to identify potentially interesting candidates. As a consequence, the magnetic Heusler compounds have already been identified as Weyl semimetals: for example, Co2YZ, and Co3Sn2S2. The Anomalous Hall angle also helps to identify materials in which a QAHE should be possible in thin films. Heusler compounds with non-collinear magnetic structures also possess real-space topological states in the form of magnetic antiskyrmions, which have not yet been observed in other materials.

Matthias Wuttig


Montag, 28.10.2019 , 16:15 Uhr, Hörsaal 28 D 001

Thomas Lippert (FZ Jülich)

Taming Complexity in Computational Physics Simulations

In the last ten years, simulation and data analysis have become increasingly complex in computational physics, chemistry and biology. Examples for such multi-physics workflows are found in particle physics, astronomy, earth system research, civil security, neuroscience, medicine, etc. The advent of Deep Learning in Data Analysis and its integration into simulation processes has added a further dimension of complexity.
In contrast, all supercomputers in the Top 500 are based on a monolithic architecture. They assemble heterogeneous nodes consisting of elements such as CPUs and GPUs sharing I/O. They are significantly underutilized as complex nodes make the overall system prone to inefficiencies. Secondly, scalability is costly, as a node needs to perform very complex computations for problems often not being scalable, and the same node must perform scalable computations for problems being easily scalable. A third difficulty is the inclusion of future technologies in workflows, such as quantum computers.
To master these challenges, we propose a disaggregation of resources and their dynamic recomposition through a programming paradigm called modular supercomputing.  It gives a new degree of freedom in supercomputing, the dynamical optimal adaptation of program parts to different architectures within a joint high-speed network. Modularity is motivated by a computer theoretical generalization of Amdahl's Law.
Modular supercomputing helps to tame the increasing complexities in computational science: It offers energy-efficient exascale computing, optimized workflows in data analysis or interactive supercomputing, but also the simple integration of future quantum computers and neuromorphic computers.

Carsten Honerkamp


Montag, 11.11.2019 , 16:15 Uhr, Hörsaal 28 D 001

Matthias Wuttig (RWTH Aachen University)

Novel Materials by Design: The Power and Potential of Maps

It has been a long-time dream of mankind to design materials with tailored properties. Such a material design is particularly interesting, if one wants to realize advanced functional materials with a demanding set of properties. In recent years, the focus of our work has been the design of phase change materials for applications in data storage. In this application, the remarkable property portfolio of phase change materials (PCMs) is employed, which includes the ability to rapidly switch between the amorphous and crystalline state. Surprisingly, in PCMs both states differ significantly in their properties. This material combination makes them very attractive for applications in rewriteable optical data storage, where the pronounced difference of optical properties between the amorphous and crystalline state is employed. This unconventional class of materials is also the basis of a storage concept to replace flash memory. This talk will discuss the unique material properties, which characterize phase change materials. In particular, it will be shown that only a well-defined group of materials utilizes a unique bonding mechanism (‘Bond No. 6’), which can explain many of the characteristic features of crystalline phase change materials. Different pieces of evidence for the existence of this novel bonding mechanism, which we have coined metavalent bonding, will be presented. In particular, we will present a novel map, which separates the known strong bonding mechanisms of metallic, ionic and covalent bonding. This map provides further evidence that metavalent bonding is a novel and fundamental bonding mechanism. Subsequently, this insight is employed to design phase change materials as well as thermoelectric materials.

Christoph Stampfer


Montag, 25.11.2019 , 16:15 Uhr, Hörsaal 28 D 001

Tommaso Calarco (FZ Jülich)

The world’s fattest Schrödinger cat

Quantum optimal control enables efficient preparation of nonclassical states in many-body systems. Our new RedCRAB algorithm allows this to take place over an internet connection between the experiment and the optimisation server. I will report the application of this method to an online competition among human “gamers”, as well as the creation of the largest entangled state to date (20 qubit in a GHz state).

David DiVincezo


Montag, 09.12.2019 , 16:15 Uhr, Hörsaal 28 D 001

Christian Weinheimer (Universität Münster)

First results from the neutrino mass experiment KATRIN

Since the discovery of neutrino oscillation we know that neutrinos have non-zero masses, but we do not know the absolute neutrino mass scale, which is as important for cosmology as for particle physics. The direct search for a non-zero neutrino mass from endpoint spectra of weak decays is complementary to the search for neutrinoless double beta-decay and analyses of cosmological data. Today the most stringent direct limits on the neutrino mass originate from investigations of the electron energy spectra of tritium beta-decay.
The next generation experiment KATRIN, the Karlsruhe Tritium Neutrino experiment, is improving the sensitivity from the tritium beta decay experiments at Mainz and Troitsk of 2 eV/c^2 by one order of magnitude probing the region relevant for structure formation in the universe. KATRIN uses a strong windowless gaseous molecular tritium source combined with a huge MAC-E-Filter as electron spectrometer. To achieve the sensitivity, KATRIN has been putting many technologies at their limits. The full 70m long setup has been successfully commissioned. From early 2019 on KATRIN is taking high statistics tritium data hunting for the neutrino mass.
In this talk an introduction into the necessity to determine the neutrino mass and the status in the field will be given, followed by a detailed presentation of KATRIN and its results from the first KATRIN science run. The new results are already bringing KATRIN into the lead position of the field. In the outlook the perspectives of KATRIN for the coming years and new technologies to potentially improve further the sensitivity on the neutrino mass will be presented.

Christopher Wiebusch


Montag, 13.01.2020 , 16:15 Uhr, Hörsaal 28 D 001

Heino Falcke (Radboud-Universität Nijmegen)

The First Image of a Black Hole

One of the most bizarre, but perhaps also most fundamental predictions of Einstein’s theory of general relativity are black holes. They are extreme concentrations of matter with a gravitational attraction so strong, that not even light can escape. The inside of black holes is shielded from observations by an event horizon, a virtual one-way membrane through which matter, light and information can enter but never leave. This loss of information, however, contradicts some basic tenets of quantum physics. Does such an event horizon really exist? What are its effects on the ambient light and surrounding matter? How does a black hole really look? Can one see it? Recently we have made the first image of a black hole and detected its dark shadow in the radio galaxy M87 with the global Event Horizon Telescope experiment. Detailed supercomputer simulations faithfully reproduce these observations. Simulations and observations together provide strong support for the notion that we are literally looking into the abyss of the event horizon of a supermassive black hole.  The talk will review the latest results of the Event Horizon Telescope, its scientific implications and future expansions of the array.

Thomas Hebbeker


Montag, 27.01.2020, 16:15 Uhr, Hörsaal 28 D 001

Honorary Colloquium on the Occasion of the 60th Birthday of Prof. Dr. Martin Erdmann

16:30 Opening

Prof. Dr. Thomas Hebbeker

16.35 Welcome

Prof. Dr. Michael Krämer

16:40 Laudatio

Prof. Dr. Alexander Schmidt

17:00 "Resolving the Structure of Matter using Protons"

Prof. Dr. Stefan Söldner-Rembold (Manchester)


Particle physicist have made huge progress in understanding the nature of matter by testing and validating the Standard Model to an incredible level of precision. All the predicted fundamental Standard Model particles - including the Higgs boson - have been discovered. I will present the path to these successes in a biographically coloured journey through the particle physics landscape of the last 30 years. However, many fundamental problems remain unsolved. I will introduce some of the questions that keep us awake at night. 

18:00 Get-Together with Finger-Food

Foyer of the Lecture Hall

Host: Prof. Dr. Thomas Hebbeker