Jürgen Mlynek

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Jürgen Mlynek (born March 15, 1951 in Gronau (Leine) ) is a German physicist and was President of the Helmholtz Association from 2005 to 2015 .


Jürgen Mlynek completed his basic military service after graduating from high school in 1969 at the Leibniz School in Hanover . From 1970 to 1976 he studied physics at the Technical University of Hanover and at the École Polytechnique in Paris . In 1979 he was in Hanover working quantum beat spectroscopy using a transmission method for Dr. rer. nat. PhD ; In 1984 he completed his habilitation.

From 1976 to 1981 he was a research assistant in Hanover and in 1982 he worked as a postdoc at the IBM Research Laboratory in San José ( California ). After three more years as a university assistant in Hanover, he received a Heisenberg fellowship from the DFG in 1985 and was assistant professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZ) in Zurich from 1986 to 1990 .

In 1990 he was appointed full professor for experimental physics at the University of Konstanz . There he realized an atomic interferometer for the first time and carried out pioneering experiments in the field of atomic and quantum optics. This included his work on the Heisenberg microscope and the measurement of the Wigner function of quantum states of matter and light. Since 2000 he has been professor for experimental physics at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

From 1996 to 2001 he was Vice President of the German Research Foundation (DFG), where he dealt with questions relating to the promotion of young scientists. From 2000 to 2005 he was President of the Humboldt University in Berlin . His tenure fell at a time of drastic cuts, so that he carried out a series of reforms in his office with the aim of streamlining structures and promoting excellence. During his presidency, the natural sciences moved from Berlin-Mitte to new buildings in Adlershof as well as important building decisions in Mitte, such as the Grimm Library .

In 2005 Mlynek joined the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers , the largest German research organization , as President . In June 2009 he was re-elected for a second and final term (2010–2015). During his presidency, program-oriented research was further developed and the Helmholtz mission strengthened in terms of strategic research in the national interest. In addition, he developed new instruments for strategic collaboration with universities such as Helmholtz Alliances and Helmholtz Institutes.

In 2006 he was one of the co-founders of the House of Little Researchers , which has been supported by the Helmholtz Association from the start and is now the most successful early childhood education initiative in German-speaking countries. In 2007 he also founded the Helmholtz Academy for executives to teach management techniques in the scientific field, which is also open to partner organizations and universities.

Since autumn 2015 he has been working again as a professor at the Institute for Physics at the Humboldt University in Adlershof and officially released from his duties as a university lecturer in spring 2016. He is committed u. a. as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Falling Walls Foundation , as Chairman of the Strategic Advisory Board of the European Quantum Technology Flagship Initiative, as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the House of Little Researchers, as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Brandenburg Gate Foundation , as a board member of the Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation and in various university and Scientific bodies. He is also a member of the supervisory boards of the Georg von Holtzbrinck publishing group, Carl Zeiss and WISTA -Management GmbH.

Mlynek mainly worked in experimental quantum optics , atomic physics and surface physics . Around 200 of his works are listed in the Citation Index, his citation index is 7875, his h-index 47.

Jürgen Mlynek has been married to the teacher Dagmar Mlynek since 1972. The couple have two grown sons.

honors and awards

Mlynek is a full member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences , the Convention for Technical Sciences ( acatech ) and the Academia Europaea .

Publications (selection)

  • W. Lange and J. Mlynek: Quantum beats in transmission by time-resolved polarization spectroscopy . Phys. Rev. Lett 40, 1373-1375 (1978)
  • J. Mlynek, NC Wong, RG De Voe, ES Kintzer and RG Brewer: Raman heterodyne detection of nuclear magnetic resonances . Phys. Rev. Lett. 50, 993-996 (1983)
  • O. Carnal and J. Mlynek: Young's double slit experiment with atoms: a simple atom interferometer . Phys. Rev. Lett. 66: 2689-2692 (1991)
  • O. Carnal, M. Sigel, T. Sleator, H. Takuma and J. Mlynek: Imaging and focusing of atoms by a Fresnel zone plate . Phys. Rev. Lett. 67, 3231-3234 (1991)
  • CS Adams, M. Sigel and J. Mlynek: Atom Optics . Phys. Rep. 240, 143-210 (1994)
  • T. Pfau, S. Spalter, Ch. Kurtsiefer, C. Ekstrom and J. Mlynek: Loss of spatial coherence by a single spontaneous emission . Phys. Rev. Lett. 73, 1223 (1994)
  • S. Seel, R. Storz, G. Ruoso, J. Mlynek and S. Schiller: Cryogenic optical resonators: a new tool for laser frequency stabilization at the 1 Hz level . Phys. Rev. Lett. 78, 4741 (1997)
  • Ch. Kurtsiefer, T. Pfau and J. Mlynek: Measurement of the Wigner function of an ensemble of helium atoms . Nature 386, 150 (1997)
  • G. Breitenbach, S. Schiller and J. Mlynek: Measurement of the quantum states of squeezed light , Nature 387, 471 (1997)
  • J. Michaelis, C. Hettich, J. Mlynek and V. Sandoghdar: Optical microscopy using a single-molecule light source . Nature 405, 325 (2000)
  • AI Lvovsky, H. Hansen, T. Aichele, O. Benson, J. Mlynek and S. Schiller: Quantum State Reconstruction of the Single-Photon Fock State . Phys. Rev. Lett. 87, 402 (2001)

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ "Jürgen Mlynek, President of the Helmholtz Association, receives an honorary doctorate" ( Memento from August 8, 2014 in the Internet Archive ). Press release of the Helmholtz Association from June 29, 2012
  2. Bernd Haase: Nobel laureate congratulates honorary ring winners. In: Hannoversche Allgemeine. November 18, 2014, accessed November 21, 2014 .