Dieter Meschede

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Dieter Meschede as President of the DPG in 2020.

Dieter Meschede (born April 17, 1954 in Lathen in Emsland) is a German physicist.


Meschede studied physics at the University of Cologne with a diploma in 1979 and received his doctorate in 1984 at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich ( radiation interaction of Rydberg atoms, realization of a single-atom measles ), where he also habilitated in 1989. As a post-doctoral student , he was a lecturer at Yale University from 1984 to 1986 , where he became an assistant professor in 1986. From 1988 to 1990 he was a Senior Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in Garching. In 1990 he became a full professor of physics at the Leibniz University in Hanover and in 1994 at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn . In 1999/2000 he headed the physics department and from 2008 to 2012 he was a member of the Senate.

He teaches at the Institute for Applied Physics at the University of Bonn, where he co-founded the Bonn International Graduate School in Physics and Astronomy (BIGS-PA) in 2001. In addition, he is group leader of the Quantum Technology working group at the University of Bonn, and from 1998-2003 he was coordinator of the program Nanostructure Fabrication by Controlled Deposition of Atoms (NanoFab) of the European Commission . In 2007 he chaired the program committee of the International Quantum Electronics Conference (IQEC) and in 2009 he chaired the European Quantum Electronics Conference (EQEC). In 2010 he was the spokesman for the joint project quantum communication of the Federal Ministry of Research. From 2018 to April 1, 2020 he was President of the German Physical Society and is currently its Vice President.

Meschede has been dealing with questions of atomic, molecular and quantum physics for around thirty years. One of the greatest successes of his working group is the so-called “conveyor belt made of light”, which moves and sorts individual atoms with the help of laser beams, with which atoms could be used as arithmetic units for a quantum computer . Another important research area of ​​Meschede is atomic lithography , with which material surfaces can be structured with an accuracy in the sub-micrometer range using atomic beams - a method of nanotechnology .

Meschede is editor of the last three editions of the textbook " Gerthsen Physik " and author of the textbook "Optik, Licht und Lasers" and since 2012 chief editor of the journal Applied Physics B - Optics and Lasers , which plays a central role in applied physics . He has been a full member of the Academia Europaea since 2012 .

From 2005 to 2018 he was the scientific director of the Physics Center Bad Honnef of the DPG, on whose scientific council he had been since 1998.


In 1976 Meschede was world rowing champion for the Federal Republic of Germany in the men's eighth for lightweights in Villach.

Meschede lives with his wife in Bonn.

Awards and memberships

  • From 1975 to 1979 he was a scholarship holder of the German National Academic Foundation (with an international scholarship 1979/80 to the University of Colorado in Boulder)
  • 1989: Rudolf Kaiser Prize
  • 2007: Robert Wichard Pohl Prize for outstanding interdisciplinary research and exceptional achievements in the dissemination of scientific knowledge from the German Physical Society (DPG)
  • In 2011 he received an ERC Advanced Grant.

Since 1994 he has been a corresponding member of the Braunschweig Academy of Sciences.


  • Published by von Gerthsen: Physik, Springer, 25th edition 2015
  • Optics, light and laser, 3rd edition, Vieweg and Teubner 2008 (first Teubner 1999)
    • English edition: Optics, light and lasers, Wiley-VCH, 3rd edition 2017

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Institute for Applied Physics at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
  2. ^ Bonn International Graduate School in Physics and Astronomy
  3. ^ Working group of Prof. Meschede
  4. Press release of the DPG from March 1st, 2017
  5. Dieter Meschede: Optics, Light and Laser -2., Revised. and exp. Ed. - Wiesbaden: Teubner, 2005. (Teubner Study Books. Physics) ISBN 3-519-13248-6
  6. ^ Homepage of the journal
  7. ^ Directory of members: Dieter Meschede. Academia Europaea, accessed July 6, 2017 .
  8. RRK 08 rowing: German successes at rowing world championships
  9. Article at Springer Science + Business Media ( Memento of the original from October 16, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /

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