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Jan Westenkær Thomsen

Jan Westenkær Thomsen

Associate Professor


Name
: Jan Westenkær Thomsen, born 16-01-1966, email: jwt@fys.ku.dk

Education:

1995 Ph.D. Université de Paris-Sud, Orsay
1992 D.E.A. de Physico-Chemie Moléculaire Université de Paris-Sud, Orsay (French master degree i physics)
1992 M. Sc. in Mathematics and Physics, University of Copenhagen

Employment:

2002-     Associate professor, The Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen
2001-04 Steno talent researcher, University of Copenhagen
1998-01 Carlsberg Research Fellowship, University of Copenhagen, financed by the Carlsberg Foundation
1998-98 FOM fellow, The Debye Institute, Utrecht University, financed by Dutch Government
1996-98 TMR Marie Curie Fellow, The Debye Institute, Utrecht University, financed by EU
1995-96 Postdoc, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen
1992-95 PhD student, LCAM, Université de Paris-Sud, Orsay, bourse de la Ministere de Recherche et Technologie

Awards/Academic Achievements:

2007-08 JILA fellow, Universiy of Colorado, Boulder, USA.
1996-98 TMR Marie Curie Fellow individual grant from the European Union
1992-95 Ph.D. grant, bourse de la Ministere de Recherche et Technologie, from the French Government
1990-91 Internationalization grant from Copenhagen University

Managerial Activities:

2000- Group leader of NBI cold atoms group, on average three 
PhD students, one post doc, and 7 master students per year.

Key Research Topics:

AMO physics,optics, quantum optics, non linear optics, fibre optics, fibre lasers, fibre amplifiers, ultracold atoms, atom traps, BEC, quantum degenerate gasses, atomic clocks, frequency standards.

Supervision:

Supervised more than 30 master students and 9 Ph.D. students, 6 post docs. Currently, supervising 2 Ph.D. students (one at NBI, two external) and 3 master students.

Publications:

48 articles in international refereed papers.
19 invited talks at international conferences.
More than 50 contributions to conferences.
Other 16 contributions public articles, etc.

Additional Scientific Work:

2004-05  Chairman for Danish physical society DFS.
2002-04  Vice chairman for Danish physical society DFS.
1999-02  Secretary for Danish physical society DFS.
1999-05  Organizer and Co-organizer of the Danish physical society annual meeting. 
1999-     Member of the Danish National Physics Censor Unit.
1998-     Referee for several international physics Journals.
1998-05 Co-organizer of Kopernikursus, a yearly summer school in physics for High school students.

Resent Invited Talks at International Conferences:

2009 International workshop on two-electron atoms, NIST, Gaithersburg USA, September 17-19.
2008 In search of variation of fundamental couplings and mass scales, July 14 – 18, 2008,Perimeter Institute for theoretical physics, Waterloo, Canada.
2008 From Quantum to Cosmos - III: Space-Based Research in Fundamental Physics for the Next Decade, July 6-10, 2008 Airlie Center, Virginia, USA.
2008 Conference on Precision Electromagnetic Measurements (CPEM), Boulder, USA, 8-13 June.
2006 Advances in Laser Spectroscopy, Riga, Latvia, September 28-30.
2006 International workshop on two-electron atoms, ITAMP, Boston USA, September 18-20.

Recent contributions to Popular Science:

2008 “Bose Einstein Kondensation i atomare gasser: Når atomer bliver til kvantebølger” Tema artikel til KVANT nr. 2 (2008).
2007 ”Fysik med Kolde Atomer” 16 Maj Foredrag ved Danmarks Tekniske Universitet.
2007 “Laserfysik, Kvanteoptik og Kolde Atomer” 2 March foredrag for Forskerspire ved Niels Bohr Isntitutet.
2007 I løbet af 2007 er der givet 9 foredrag (30 minuter) samt efterfølgende fremvisning af laserlaboratoriet (1 time) for gymnasie- og HTX-klasser.
2006 ”Atomure og deres anvendelse” 16 December foredrag for praktikanter ved Niels Bohr Institutet

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