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Jun.-Prof. Dr. Birgitta Bernhardt has managed to win the coveted postdoctoral fellowship of the Daimler and Benz Foundation.

This foundation awards only 10 scholarships a year, with the aim of "... strengthening the autonomy and creativity of the next generation of scholarships and helping committed researchers to continue their careers during the period following their funding." The scholarship of € 20,000 per annum over two years may be added to finance scientific assistants, technical achievements, research trips or attend meetings.
Birgitta Bernhardt - is working at our Institute for Applied Physics (IAP) for nearly one year and leading the junior research group "UV dual comb spectroscopy" - and very pleased about this additional financial support for her research work: "With this I can realize preliminary studies that help me to narrow down parameter ranges for the XUV range and later minimize expensive laboratory times with the vacuum chamber." As a result, Ms. Bernhardt wants the versatile dual-comb spectroscopy evolve into the high-energy extreme ultraviolet (XUV) range. Similar to Fourier transform spectroscopy, this measurement allows extremely broadband absorption spectra, but with millions of times shorter measurement times and unrivaled relative spectral resolutions of up to 10-9.
With the support of the Daimler and Benz Foundation, which starts in March 2018, a major leap forward in the little-explored XUV area will be supported by a new dual-comb spectrometer in the visible and, for the first time, in the near ultraviolet. Intension is amongst others, to run investigations on atoms and molecules of astrophysical and geoscientific relevance with unprecedented spectral resolution.
Institute Director Prof. Dr. med. Andreas Tünnermann congratulates on this promotion: "This is a special honor and at the same time an obligation to sustainably strengthen the research work of our junior scientists at the Institute of Applied Physics and the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Mechanics." In addition, the meetings of the young specialists of this ever-growing scholarship network of the Daimler and Benz Foundation would not only promote interdisciplinary exchange of ideas, but would also increase the visibility of the research location Jena.


Jun.-Prof. Birgtitta Bernhardt with young researcher Vittoria Schuster at the lab in the ACP builing. (rights: FSU)

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Jun.-Prof. Dr. Birgitta Schultze-Bernhardt

News from: 26.02.2018 14:52
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