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Wolfgang Pauli Centre

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The Wolfgang Pauli Centre (WPC) unites the various theory groups of Hamburg University and DESY in the areas of particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology, mathematical physics, condensed matter, quantum optics and chemical physics.

The WPC is named after the theoretical physicist Wolfgang Pauli. From 1923 to 1928 he taught physics at the University of Hamburg. During Pauli's years in Hamburg, quantum mechanics was invented, and Pauli was one of the key players in this process, in close contact and collaboration with Bohr, Born, Heisenberg and others.

This period was scientifically very fruitful, with pioneering work on the anomalous Zeeman effect, electron spin and Pauli equation, and the electron gas in metals. In 1925 Pauli published his work on the "exclusion principle" for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize 20 years later. In addition to research, the training of graduate students is a key goal of the WPC. The WPC supports new ideas at the intersection of the present research fields with workshops and special lectures by visiting professors. An annual Wolfgang-Pauli-Lecture by a non-tenured researcher promotes distinguished young theorists.

Research Groups

Fellows
Jennifer Popp
Particle and Astroparticle Physics
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Leonardo Ranasinghe
Nanoscience
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Alumni
Linda Vanessa Thesing
Photon Science
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Ángel Ferran Pousa
Accelerators
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Event Calendar
21 Jan. 2021 to 25 Nov. 2021
Chaired by: Thomas Tschentscher (European XFEL) ; Changbum Kim (PAL-XFEL) et al.
Location: Zoom
05 Jul. 2021 to 30 Jul. 2021
Location: Universität Hamburg & DESY
25 Jul. 2021 to 30 Jul. 2021
Speaker: Sandra Leone (INFN Pisa) ; Cheng Li (FLC (FTX Fachgruppe SLB)) et al.
Location: Zoom
26 Jul. 2021 to 20 Aug. 2021
Speaker: Christian Schroer (DESY) ; Andreas Stierle (FS-NL (Nanolab)) et al.
Location: Online only
26 Jul. 2021 to 30 Jul. 2021
Location: Zoom
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