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Ulrich Bonse Visiting Chair for Instrumentation

Portrait: Ulrich Bonse © Deutsches Röntgenmuseum

The Deparment of Physics will establish the Ulrich Bonse Visiting Chair for Instrumentation in the summer semester of 2022. This chair will be filled by internationally renowned experts in the field of instrumentation on a semester basis. The aim of establishing such a guest chair is to strengthen the internationalization of the Department of Physics in the area of teaching. This will be achieved in particular by offering additional courses in English. The courses will provide new impulses by building a bridge between the theoretical training in instrumentation and the practical and technically often complementary experience of the guest lecturers. The courses play a special role in the new international Master's program "Advanced Methods in Particle Physics", as they are an integral part of the curriculum.

Denomination of the visiting chair

The visiting chair is named after Prof. Ulrich Bonse. Prof. Bonse was appointed to the TU Dortmund University in 1970 and is a founding member of the Department of Physics, which he continued to shape beyond the time of his retirement in 1993. Among other positions, he was Dean of the Deparment of Physics, Senator of the University and later Prorector for Research. Prof. Bonse was honored several times for his research and his commitment to TU Dortmund University, e.g. with an honorary doctorate from the LMU Munich, the Physics Prize of the German Physical Society and the title of Honorary Senator of the TU Dortmund University.

Prof. Bonse's main research interests were X-ray interferometry and X-ray microtomography with synchrotron radiation, for which he received great national and international recognition. His research activities in Dortmund focused on high-resolution microtomography with X-rays and neutrons in the angstrom region. He is still a role model for many physicists working experimentally today.


Portrait of Andreas Jung © Andreas Jung​/​Purdue University

Prof. Jung’s career started with the H1 experiment at HERA while working on his diploma thesis in physics at TU Dortmund University. He then moved to Heidelberg University for his doctoral studies. In 2010, he went on to Fermilab as postdoctoral research associate to work on the D0 experiment and joined the CMS collaboration in 2013 fully focused on the high-luminosity (HL) upgrade of CMS. He became an Assistant Professor at Purdue University in 2015 and received his tenure to the rank of Associate Professor in 2021.

Prof. Jung is currently the co-convener of the top quark physics group within the CMS collaboration and responsible for the design, optimization and manufacturing of all CMS carbon-fiber composite support structures. His instrumentation and detector R&D activities focus on the high-luminosity upgrade of the CMS pixel and outer tracking detector, as well as blue sky R&D towards integrated minimal mass support structures for future detectors at the FCC-ee/hh experiments. He is also engaged in exploiting cutting-edge quantum computers to speed-up complex data clustering problems faced by the HL-LHC or related hard problems. Ongoing and future data analysis efforts are focused on top quark physics and in particular on multi-dimensional measurements of top quark spin correlations and polarization, as well as their interpretation to challenge the SM at unprecedented levels.

Portrait of Jean-Michel Ménard © Jean-Michel Ménard​/​University of Ottawa

Jean-Michel Ménard is Associate Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Ottawa where he started in 2016 the Ultrafast THz laboratory hosting photonics systems for materials characterization. Dr. Ménard received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 2011 before completing postdoctoral research positions at the University of Regensburg and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light. He is an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, a member of the Joint Centre for Extreme Photonics, and a fellow of the Max Planck-Ottawa Centre for extreme and quantum photonics.

Prof. Ménard’s research lies at the crossroads of THz photonics, experimental condensed matter physics and nonlinear optics. Recent projects in his group focus on improving time-resolved spectroscopy techniques and exploiting properties of 2D quantum systems.

Portrait of Daniel Mazin © Daniel Mazin​/​University of Tokyo

Prof. Mazin was born in Sankt Petersburg, Russia in 1976. He received his diploma in Physics at Hamburg University, Germany, in 2003. He pursued his doctoral studies at the Max Planck Institute for Physics in Munich and received his Ph.D. from the Technical University of Munich in 2007. After a stay as postdoctoral researcher in the IFAE Barcelona, Spain, he became Otto-Hahn-group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Physics in 2012. In 2014, he became Assistant Professor at the ICRR of the University of Tokyo, where he is a Project Associate Professor since 2018.

Prof. Mazin’s main scientific interests are devoted to experimental astroparticle physics with very high energy (VHE, E>20 GeV) γ rays. His intention is to pursue the scientific quest in unveiling the physical mechanisms for particle acceleration in AGNs and in using the resulting γ rays for understanding the history of star formation in the universe. To achieve this, he has embarked in the construction of the next-generation, worldwide γ-ray observatory, while trying to improve the Cherenkov technique with new low energy trigger systems and more performant photosensors. Prof. Mazin is actively involved in the MAGIC collaboration and the CTA consortium, where he places a focus on the construction and exploiting of the Large Size Telescopes CTA.

Portrait of Christian Manzoni © Christian Manzoni​/​Politecnico di Milano

Dr. Cristian Manzoni received his Ph.D. in Physics at the Physics department of Politecnico di Milano in 2006. From 2009 to 2010 he was a visiting scientist at the Max Planck research group for structural dynamics (CFEL, DESY, Hamburg). Since 2010 he works at the Institute for Photonics and Nanotechnologies of the Italian National Research Council (IFN-CNR), where he is now Senior Researcher. From 2011 to 2020 he was also a contract professor of Physics at Politecnico di Milano.

His research activity focuses on the development of ultrabroadband parametric amplifiers for the generation of few-cycle light pulses in the ultraviolet, visible and infrared spectral range. This also involves the characterization of light pulses and their manipulation for applications in time-resolved spectroscopy of organic and inorganic systems, and for the study of femtochemical reactions.  Spectroscopic characterizations involve Pump-probe, 2D spectroscopy and Raman-induced processes at femtosecond time-scales. Since recently, he focuses on Fourier-transform hyperspectral imaging and microscopy in the visible and infrared spectral range, and on their coupling to ultrafast science, for applications in remote and environmental sensing, conservation science, security and medical imaging.


The Visiting Chair is funded by the DAAD and funds from the BMBF within the Visiting Lecturer Programme.