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14 February 2012

Three new professor appointments at NBI

Per Hedegård and Karsten Flensberg from Theoretical Solid State Physics at the Nano-Science Center and Anders Søndberg Sørensen from the Ultracold atoms and Quantum Optics at the Niels Bohr Institute, are appointed professors in theoretical quantum and solid state physics.

Per Hedegård

Per Hedegård appointed professor in theoretical solid-state physics.

Per Hedegård has worked with superconductivity for many years and is also working with the development of spintronics. Spintronics are electronics based on electron spin and the technology will make it possible to produce hard drives for quantum computers. Right now he is also researching phononics, which is a kind of ‘sound laser' that can emit a precise tone from one molecule to another. Being able to communicate precise, quantized high frequency sounds, which are transmitted through the circuits, could be used for a kind of quantum communication through the development of a molecular transistor based on photonics.

Per Hedegård received his lic. scient. from Aarhus University and then went to New York in ‘84 and worked at IBM where he did basic research. In ‘85 he came to Nordita and then to the Niels Bohr Institute.

Karsten Flensberg

Karsten Flensberg appointed professor in theoretical solid-state physics.

Karsten Flensberg works in the research group Solid State Physics (formerly Nanophysics) and is a co-founder of the new research centre, the Center for Quantum Devices, led by Professor Charles Marcus. Karsten Flensberg works with theoretical many-body and solid-state physics in relation to quantum mechanic effects on nanostructures and superconductors - especially for use as quantum information systems. He previously worked with electron transport in molecular transistors and so-called ‘quantum dots'.

Karsten Flensberg received his PhD in 1989 from DTU and has been a postdoctoral fellow in the U.S. and at Danish Fundamental Meteorology. In 1999 he became an associate professor at the Niels Bohr Institute. He was a visiting professor at Cornell University in 2002 and a visiting professor at Harvard University in 2010.

Anders Søndberg Sørensen

Anders Søndberg Sørensen appointed professor in theoretical quantum physics.

Anders Sørensen works primarily with theories for the physical implementation of quantum information. By harnessing quantum mechanics you can, in principle, make computers that can perform tasks that are impossible on the computers we know today. He develops theories for how you can realize such computers in practice using light, atoms and solid-state physical systems. He also develops theories about ultra cold atoms.

Anders Søndberg Sørensen received his PhD in physics from Aarhus University in 2001 and continued at Aarhus for a year as a postdoctoral fellow. Then he was a postdoctoral fellow for two years at the Institute of Theoretical Atomic and Molecular Physics (ITMAP) at Harvard University. He then started as an associate professor at the Niels Bohr Institute in 2004.