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Wolfram-Prandl-Prize 2020 for Dr. Navid Qureshi

KFN prize for young researchers

Dr. Navid Qureshi (ILL) receives the Wolfram-Prandl-Preze 2022 (photo: private)

Dr. Navid Qureshi (ILL) is the laureateof the Wolfram Prandl Prize 2022 for young scientists, which was awarded by the Committee Research with Neutrons (KFN) at SNI2022 on 07 September 2022. Dr. Navid Qureshi receives the 2500 Euro prize for the enormous progress he has achieved in the use of polarised neutrons. By combining different methods, he was able to gain new insights into complex magnetic phenomena.

Navid Qureshi made his PhD thesis jointly between ILL Grenoble and TU Darmstadt, studying the magnetic structure of Kagomé-staircase structures in mixed cobalt/nickel vanadates. He then continued as research assistant at Cologne University, working among others on magnetic excitations in pnictide-based superconductors. He obtained three major results, clarifying the structure of different systems. In 2014 he returned to ILL where he works as instrument responsible for the spin-polarized hot-neutron diffractometer D3 and co-responsible of the thermal four-circle single crystal diffractometer D10.

Navid Qureshi is the author of the Mag2Pol program, a unique and very powerful tool suitable to refine magnetic structure models and magnetic domain populations against spherical neutron polarimetry data. Mag2Pol enables the analysis of the relatively complex technique of spherical neutron polarimetry by unexperienced users. This is particularly important since the complexity of analysis is often an entrance hurdle for novel users. Broader use of the software can undoubtedly facilitate and promote the usage of these neutron techniques.

Finally, we note that, in studying magnetic structures by neutron scattering, Navid Qureshi is actually following in the footsteps of Wolfram Prandl, the eponym of the awarded prize. Wolfram Prandl was an experimental physicist and crystallographer whose work was characterised by an unusual depth of analysis. With his meticulous approach, Prandl inspired and influenced many generations of young scientists.

The Committee Research with Neutrons represents all scientists in the Federal Republic of Germany who work with neutrons or who are close to research using neutrons. It consists of seven members and permanent guests. The permanent guests are representatives of the neutron research sources and representatives of the the project agency PT DESY and the BMBF. The aim is to promote neutron research.