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Dr. Thomas Keller and Dr. Oliver Stockert, Wolfram-Prandl-Price 2006


Photo: on the left side the laureates Oliver Stockert (MPI für Chemische Physik fester Stoffe, Dresden) and Thomas Keller (MPI für Festkörperphysik, Stuttgart), on the right side Karin Griewatsch and Helmut Schober (ILL, KFN chair).

Hamburg, October 4, 2006

The Wolfram-Prandl-Price for young scientist in neutron research was awarded in equal shares to Dr. Oliver Stockert (MPI für Chemische Physik fester Stoffe, Dresden) and Dr. Thomas Keller (MPI für Festkörperphysik, Stuttgart) this year. Committee Research with Neutrons (KFN) awards the price (2500 Euro) biennially. During the German Conference for Research with Synchrotron Radiation, Neutrons and Ion Beams at Large Facilities (SNI2006) in Hamburg the prices were handed over and the scientists had teh chance to present their current research to a broad audience.

Oliver Stockert's work has significant importance in the area of correlated electrons systems. It has received great international resonance and has often been cited. The understanding of electronic correlations is necessary for the miniaturisation of electronic components.

Thomas Keller has supplied groundbreaking results in the area of high resolution spectroscopy, which have recently allowed to conduct qualitatively new types of experiments on the lifetime of structural and magnetic excitations. This allows improving the understanding of important phaenomena such as superconductiviy and nanomagnetism.

The Committee Research with Neutrons (KFN) represents all scientists in Germany who work with neutrons or who are close to the research with neutrons. It consists of seven members and permanent guests. Its aim is to enhance research with neutrons. The laureates were chosen by an independant jury made up by well-known neutron scientists.

A wealth of excellent research results have been obtained in the last years through the use of large facilities for the investigation of condensed matter. Experiments with neutrons, synchrotron and ion radiation offer complementary possibilities to illuminate the properties of matter in all its facets. The SNI2006 conference provided a common forum for the presentation of new results, for the exchange of ideas and further cross-linking of these related methods. Over 500 participants used this chance at a time of new perspectives through new facilities such as FLASH, PETRA III und XFEL in Hamburg and FRM II and FAIR in München and Darmstadt respecive.

Helmut Schober, KFN chair