Nuclear and Molecular Physics
Michael Köhl is one of the world’s leading researchers in the field of experimental atomic physics and quantum optics. He specialises in ultra-cold particles and their interactions. His achievements include developing methods for examining atomic fermi quantum gases that have been adopted by other research groups around the world. His research is of practical significance for, among other things, zero-resistance current flow in superconductors. Köhl has worked closely with Humboldtians and Nobel Laureates in Physics, Wolfgang Ketterle and Theodor Hänsch.
By continuing his research at the University of Bonn he is to lay the foundations for an outstanding research centre at the intersection of quantum optics and condensed matter.
Nominating University: University of Bonn
Prof. Dr. Michael Köhl
born in 1975. He gained his doctorate at LMU Munich in 2001, then worked as a research assistant at ETH Zurich, where he completed his habilitation in 2006. From 2007 to 2011, he was a university reader in Cambridge, becoming a professor in 2011. Köhl received the Roentgen Award of the University of Gießen in 2007 and, in 2009, a European Research Council starting grant and the Leadership Fellowship of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). From 2011 until 2013 Professor of Physics at the University of Cambridge, UK. In April 2013 he took up his Humboldt Professorship at the University of Bonn and became the head of the Experimental Quantum Physics group.