Dr. Edwin Fohtung and Dr. John Vinson received a KIT Excellence fellowship for a stay at IPS
Two KIT Excellence fellowships have been awarded to Dr. Edwin Fohtung, professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY) and Dr. John Vinson, senior scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (MD) for staying at IPS and networking future research opportunities. At a welcome event in July, Prof. T. Hirth, vice president for innovation and international affairs, gathered all new fellows.
Professor Fohtung is particularly interested in nanoscale structure, fluctuations and dynamics arising due to coupled and competing spin, orbital, charge and lattice degree of freedom. To interrogate such order parameters in a variety of condensed matter systems, ranging from electronic and magnetic phases to soft matter, Professor Fohtung develops novel synchrotron based coherent x-ray and neutron scattering techniques. Coherent diffraction imaging could open access to topological defects in ferroic structures and their manipulation.
Dr. John Vinson has pioneered the Bethe-Salpeter Equation Approach for Calculations of X-ray Spectra as the primary developer of the open-source program OCEAN. which uses the BSE approach for calculating x-ray and optical spectroscopy. His work is highly recognized internationally, reflected in a high number of important publications, and he is a regular invited speaker at international conferences and workshops. The theoretical approaches developed by Dr. Vinson are highly relevant for the experimental work of the IPS and the Helmholtz program “From Matter to Materials and Life“ (MML) at KIT. His research stay is instrumental for establishing a close collaboration that will allow a deeper understanding of the properties of different material systems studied at IPS.