Award Winner 2021: Monika Aidelsburger
She is honored for the experimental realization of synthetic gauge fields in optical lattices and their application to quantum simulators of topological phases of matter.
Monika Aidelsburger studied physics and received her PhD in 2015 with “summa cum laude” on "Artificial gauge fields with ultracold atoms in optical lattices" in the group of Prof. Immanuel Bloch at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich (LMU). After a postdoc position at LMU, the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching and at Collège de France in Paris in the group of Prof. Jean Dalibard, where she studied out-of-equilibrium phenomena with uniform 2D Bose gases, she returned to LMU as a group leader in 2017. In 2018, she successfully applied for an ERC Starting grant from the European Union and since 2019 is a tenure-track professor for Synthetic Quantum Matter at LMU. The main goal of her ERC project is the simulation of lattice gauge theories coupled to fermionic matter with ultracold Yb atoms.
For her research, she was awarded the Alfried-Krupp-Förderpreis (2021), among others. She is a member of the German Physical Society.