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We are having a barbecue

barbecue 2017-June-25

* The group is having a great time during a barbecue afternoon and evening organized by Fritz at his house.

Formal ceremony for Elisabeth

Dr. Elisabeth Gruber 2017-June-23

* In a very formal doctoral award ceremony the official PhD certificate was handed over to Elisabeth today!

"Best Lecture Award 2017"

logo Best Lecture Award 2017 Best Lecture Award 2017 2017-June-14

* The course “Grundlagen der Physik I” (Fundamentals of Physics I) taught by Fritz Aumayr, Martin Müller and Wolfgang Werner received the “Best Lecture Award 2017” of the Faculty of Physics in a ceremony held today at TU Wien. The prize consisting of a trophy, a certificate and 5000 euros to be spent on new teaching equipment was awarded for the first time and honors excellence in teaching.

Press release of TU Wien (in German)

The Master Series Continues

Jakob Kirschner 2017-June-13

* Today Jakob Kischner successfully passed his diploma exam. There seems to be an assembly line for master students somewhere close by ;-)

David Melinc Graduates

David Melinc 2017-June-8

* David Melinc successfully passes his final exam and celebrates with the group. Please double-click the image twice and see what happens.

Florian leaves for Princeton

(c) die Presse 2017-May-20

* Florian is heading for Princeton (New Jersey - USA) to start his PostDoc in Fusion research on June 1, 2017 at the famous Princeton University. But before he left, he gave an interview to the Austrian Newspaper Die Presse (in German).

The physics of 10-pin bowling

Bowling 2017-May-09

* Bowling is a real world problem governed by the laws of physics - at least in principle! That understanding physics might not be sufficient in practice, the group had to learn the hard way during a team-building afternoon at the Ocean Park in Viennas Millenium City. But at least they had great fun!

Glorious finish also for Florian Laggner

Florian Laggner 2017-May-05

* Only one day after Bernhard, also Florian laggner successfully defended his PhD thesis (with Prof. Heyn from TU Graz as external examiner). Just in time, because in less than a month he will start his PostDoc career at the prestigeous Princeton University in New Jersey, USA. Congratulations, Dr. Laggner!

Dr.techn. for Bernhard Berger

Bernhard Berger 2017-May-4th

* Compared to his wedding 2 years ago, the defense of his PhD thesis today was no big deal for Bernhard. He stayed calm even when Prof. Christian Linsmeier from Forschungszentrum Jülich as external examiner posed the most tricky questions. Congratulations, Dr. Berger!

2 master students graduate

Johannes Gnilsen and Matthias Schmidtmayr celebrate 2017-April-25

* Johannes Gnilsen and Matthias Schmidtmayr successfully passed their final exam today. Both masters theses deal with problems in magnetically confined fusion plasmas and were partially conducted in Garchig (JG) and MIT (MS). To celebrate their success they treated us with Bavarian specialities (Weißwurst and Brezel).

News from the TUW Fusion Outpost at IPP Garching

some members of the TUW Fusion Outpost at IPP Garching 2017-April-6

* Marko Mayer, who wrote his diploma thesis in cooperation with the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Garching (aka “the TU Wien Fusion Outpost”) just uploaded his final report to the FuseNet homepage. The FuseNet program supports students writing a fusion relevant thesis or doing internships at fusion experiments abroad.

Dr.techn. for Elisabeth Gruber

Elisabeth Gruber 2017-March-28

* Without any problems Elisabeth today defended her dissertation entitled 'Interaction of ions with 3D and 2D materials'. Prof. Peter Bauer from the Johannes Kepler University in Linz served as second and external examiner. Afterwards the group threw a great party for Elisabeth. Well, done, Elisabeth!

Degree for Dominic

Dominic Blöch 2017-March-15

* Today Dominic Blöch finished his Masters study by passing his final examination and the group celebrated his success. Congratulations Herr Diplomingenieur!

Group forced to dress for Carneval

Carneval 2017 2017-Feb-28

* Following a strict order by the institute director, members of the research area Atomic and Plasma Physics Group had to dress up for Carneval today. Due to the big success, this order will be extended next year to the whole institute. ;-)

Elisabeth's paper was highlighted by IOP

Highlight of 2016 2017-Feb-8

* The manuscript on “Swift heavy ion irradiation of CaF2 – from grooves to hillocks in a single ion track” by Elisabeth Gruber et al. published in J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 28 (2016) 405001 has also been selected by IOP as a Highlight of 2016 in the Surfaces and Interfaces Section of the Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter. The papers in this collection were chosen based on a number of criteria, including presentation of outstanding research, popularity with our online readership and high praise from referees. Congratulations Elisabeth!

Florian's paper was highlighted by IOP

Highlight of 2016 2017-Jan-24

* The manuscript on “High frequency magnetic fluctuations correlated with the inter-ELM pedestal evolution in ASDEX Upgrade” by Florian Laggner et al. published in Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion was among the most popular articles downloaded last year, and has been therefore been selected as a Highlight of 2016 by IOP. Congratulations Florian!

The group celebrates!

Celebration 2016-Dec-22

* French champagne was the only way to adequately celebrate yesterday's publication in Nature Communications. Cheers to Elisabeth!

Elisabeth hits the TU headlines for the second time in this year!

Elisabeth Gruber 2016-Dec-21

* With her first-author paper published today in Nature Communications, Elisabeth Gruber made the TU headlines already for the second time in this year (see the news from 2016-Aug-29 below). In this work, we demonstrate that graphene, a two-dimensional form of carbon, is able to provide tens of electrons for charge neutralization of a slow highly charged ion within a few femtoseconds only. This in turn results in extremely high current densities, which the graphene can withstand without suffering permanent damage.

Link to original publication in Nature Communications, Press release of TU Wien (in German), Press release of TU Wien (in English), ORF.at, Der Standard, APA article 1 APA article 2 Press release of HZDR (in German), facebook, futurezone.at

Christmas Party 2016

Xmas party 2016 2016-Dec-16

  • Present and former group members enjoy this year's IAP-Christmas Party in the “Kuppelsaal” of TU Wien.

Georg Harrer Graduates

Georg Harrer celebrates with the group 2016-Nov-25

  • Georg Harrer successfully passes his final exam and celebrates with the group. Georg will continue working with us as a PhD student.

Ille publishes her first popular science book

Cover of Ille's new book 2016-October-4

* Today Ille C. Gebeshuber presented her brand new and first popular science book entitled: “Wo die Maschinen wachsen: Wie Lösungen aus dem Dschungel unser Leben verändern werden”, Ecowin Verlag, by Benevento Publishing - 236 pages, ISBN 978-3-7110-0090-3. You can order it here for 24 EUR. more info

Group Outing to Wachau valley

Group Photo 2016-September-29

* Our group outing 2016 brought us to the beautiful village of Dürnstein (Wachau valley). We hiked the Vogelbergsteig, quench the resulting thirst with fresh “Sturm” (fermented freshly pressed grape juice turning into young wine) and tasted typical Austrian “Heurigen” food. Overall, everyone was having a good time.

Kathi Dobes selected as “FEMtech Female Expert of the Month”

Katharina Dobes (© Klaus Ranger - Evotion) 2016-September-24

* Since 2005, the achievements and expertise of successful women working in research and technology are highlighted on a monthly basis in the media by the FEMtech initiative (BMVIT ministry). This month our former group member Kathi Dobes, now working at RUAG Space GmbH, has been selected as FEMtech Female Expert of the Month September 2016. After Ille Gebeshuber (FEMtech Female Expert in March 2008) she is the second group member having received this prestigious acknowledgement. Press coverage der Standard (24.09.2016), FFG, FEMtech,YouTube VideoFEMtech,Die Presse (15.10.2016).

The ECAMP "bembel" put to good use

celebrating our latest PRL 2016-September-19

* The bemble (a specific Apfelwein jug) brought back from the ECAMP conference in Franfurt was put to a good use today when celebrating our latest PRL (Ayman S. El-Said et al. PRL 117 (2016) 126101). Instead of “Ebbelwoi” (Hessischer Apfelwein), however, the group members were treated with “Schilcher Sturm”, a seasonally produced semi-fermented grape must from Austria. “Prost” (= Cheers) to Ayman!

Meteorite Impact on a Nano Scale

HCI-surface interaction 2016-August-29

* A meteorite impacting the earth under a grazing angle of incidence can do a lot of damage; it may travel a long way, carving a trench into the ground until it finally penetrates the surface. The impact site may be vaporized, there can be large areas of molten ground. All that remains is a crater, some debris, and an extensive trail of devastation on both sides of the impact site.

Hitting a surface with high-energy, heavy ions has quite similar effects – only on a much smaller scale. In a recent publication our group has investigated the microscopic structures which are formed when ions are fired at crystals at oblique angles of incidence and could shed light on the underlying formation mechanism.

Link to original publication, IOP lab talk article Press release of the TU Wien (in German), Press release of the TU Wien (in English), ORF, APA article Der Standard

Success for our team at the dragon boat race

dragon boat race 2016-June-30

  • Against tough competition the “Physica” team of the faculty of physics finished 3rd in the dragon boat race. Congratulations to our boys (f.l.t.r) Reinhard, Dominic, Paul, Christian and Bernhard, who have made this success of the “Physica” team possible!

Graduation ceremony

4 x sponsion 2016-June-29

  • At today's SPONSION (graduation ceremony) we could celebrate a record of 4 group members receiving their master certificates (see photo) Lorenz, Janine, Valerie and Sebastian. Celebration time again!

Double trouble

the group celebrates Lorenz and Sebastian 2016-June-14

  • Today's final exams meant double trouble for our Master candidates Sebastian Keerl and Lorenz Bergen: First, Sebastian's Master defense had to be shifted by 90 minutes because one of his examiners did not show up, then Lorenz's Laptop did not connect to the data projector. Both candidates, however, demonstrated that they are able to cope with any situation and successfully finished their examinations. Congratulations and success for your future careers!

"Blitz defence" by Valerie

the group celebrates Valerie 2016-June-8

  • Today, Valerie successfully defended her Master thesis and passed her final exam. In her master thesis she built a new setup to measure ion transmission through thin free-standing foils including graphene. Congratulations Valerie and success for your future career!

Ille teaches in the tram

"Ring"-lecture 2016-May-17

  • Nanotechnology was the subject of today's public lecture held by Ille Gebeshuber. The location, however, was quite unusual: The lecture was given in a tram moving along the Vienna Ringstrasse and part of a larger event called “The month of free education” (Monat der freien Bildung) Link to the event (in German).

The next graduate: Janine

the group celebrates Janine 2016-April-22

  • Today we celebrate Janine Schwestka for successfully passing her final exam. In her master thesis she investigated highly charged ion induced electron emission from single layer graphene. Janine will continue working with us as a PhD student.

New Post-Doc

2016-April-1 Dr. Richard Wilhelm

  • Dr. Richard Wilhelm from Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden Rossendorf joins our group as a post-doc. Welcome Richard!

Ille returns from Malaysia

2016-April-1 Prof. Ille C. Gebeshuber

  • After more than 7 years of leave from TU Wien Prof. Ille C. Gebeshuber returns from Kuala Lumpur, where she worked at the National University of Malaysia (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia). Welcome back Ille!

Reinhard graduates

the group celebrates Reinhard 2016-March-09

  • Reinhard Stadlmayr successfully passes his final exam. His masters thesis deals with erosion of fusion relevant wall materials under deuterium ion impact. Here the group celebrates his success. Reinhard will continue working with us as a PhD student.

It's a Boy!

Bernhard's and Inges's Baby 2016-Feb-15

  • Bernhard and his wife Inge proudly announce the birth of their first baby “Ferdinand”.

Fritz Aumayr - New Director of Institute of Applied Physics

Prof. Friedrich Aumayr 2016-Jan-1

  • Fritz Aumayr succeeds Herbert Störi as “Institutsvorstand” (Head of IAP). Effective of Dec 1st, 2015 Fritz Aumayr was also appointed as a full professor of ion and plasma physics at TU Wien.

Bernhard Berger got married

Bernhard and Inge 2015-Aug-8

  • Congratulations to Bernhard and Inge!

The HZDR Research Prize 2014 goes to our collaborators from Dresden

HZDR Research Prize 2014 2015-March-13

  • Once a year the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) announces a prize for outstanding achievements in research. This year's prize was awarded to our close collaborators Dr. Stefan Facsko, Dr. René Heller and Dr. Richard Wilhelm from HZDR for our joint investigations on the interaction of highly charged ions with ultra-thin carbon nanomembranes (see the news story “Stop! In the Name of Carbon” below). The award ceremony was held on Friday, 13.03.2015 and attended by the Saxon Minister of Research Dr. Eva-Maria Stange (HZDR press release). We are also very pleased and congratulate our collegues for their great success!

Matthias Willensdorfer receives EUROFusion fellowship

Matthias Willensdorfer receives EUROFusion fellowship 2015-Jan-10

  • Dr. Matthias Willensdorfer, who finished his PhD thesis in our Atomic and Plasma Physics Group in 2013 and then became a postdoctoral researcher at Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Garching, has received one of the prestigeous EUROfusion fellowships. Within his fellowship Matthias will work on the impact of external magnetic perturbations and 3D effects on plasma transport. (see IPP highlights 2015).

Fritz Aumayr elected as president of the Chemical Physical Society 2015

Loschmidt Prize of CPG to Dr. Deutsch 2014-Dec-9

  • Fritz Aumayr was elected president of the „Chemisch Physikalische Gesellschaft - CPG“ (chemical physical society) for the year 2015. The society was founded in 1869 by H. Hlasiwetz, J. Loschmidt, J. Petzval und J. Stefan in Vienna. Major goal is the dissemination of knowledge in chemistry and physics accomplished by regular lectures of internationally renowned scientists (information about the society can be found here). Moreover, an annual Loschmidt Prize for excellent PhD work in chemistry or physics is awarded. Press release about the Loschmidt Prize 2014.

Nanoantennas from femtosecond laser pulses

nano-antenna 2014-June-2

  • Wolfgang Husinsky and his co-workers have demonstrated for the first time that an array of nanoantennas (central nanotips inside sub-micrometer pits) on an aluminum surface, fabricated using a specific double-pulse femtosecond laser irradiation scheme, results in a 28-fold enhancement of the non-linear (three-photon) electron photoemission yield. The results are reported in the latest issue of Laser Physics Letters. Link to original publication. Press release of the TU Wien (in German), Der Standard

Stop! In the Name of Carbon

HCI-surface interaction 2014-April-18

Fritz Aumayr appointed as new director of the Austrian nuclear fusion research program

Fritz Aumayr 2013-Jan-16

This week's cover story in the PROFIL magazine

PROFIL 08.10.2012 2012-Oct-08

A time travel experience

D. Schrempf, F. Aumayr, R. Ritter, F. Pöltl, E. Gruber, A. Veiter, A. Fuchs-Fuchs, K. Dobes and V. Smekal (from left to right) 2012-Oct-01

  • This year's institute excursion led us to the Archeology Park Carnuntum about half an hour east of Vienna. The guided tour tourned out to be a true time travel experience.

Our students did it again!

K. Dobes (TU instructor at CEPOTS) and TU students: D. Schrempf, A. Fuchs-Fuchs, P. Gunacker und S. Wampl (from left to right) 2012-Sep-28

  • 4 students of TU Wien (3 of them Bachelor or Master students in our Atomic and Plasma Physics Group) scored top (rank 1, 2, 3 and 5 out of 22 participants from UK, Sweden, Spain, Hungary, Austria, Greece and Turkey) at the Erasmus Intensive Programme CPOTS 2012, a two week study course on Charged Particle Optics Simulations (CPOTS 2012), which took place from 19. Aug. to 2. Sep. 2012 at the University of Crete in Heraklion, Greece. The TU students thus repeated last years success (see report below) and convincingly demonstrated that physics education at TU Wien is still internationally highly competitive. Read the full story (in German).

Nanostructuring surfaces with highly charged ions

HCI-surface interaction 2012-Sep-18

EFDA News: Picture of the week (September 2012)

EFDA Picture of the week 2012-Sep-04

Our new AFM has arrived!

Robert Ritter at the new Cypher AFM 2012-Jul-01

  • The Cypher AFM (Asylum Research) is presently the world's fasted and highest resolution atomic force microscope (AFM) commercially available. And since this week we are the proud owners of such a fine instrument (and Robert Ritter already an expert user).

Ille gives her inaugural lecture in Malaysia

Prof. Ille C. Gebeshuber 2011-Nov-14

  • Prof. Ille C. Gebeshuber presently on leave from TU Wien (and our group) will give her inaugural lecture as full professor at the National University of Malaysia (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia) in Kuala Lumpur on Nov. 14, 2011. Congratulations!

Big success for our students at ERASMUS-CEPOTS 2011 in Crete

G. Kowarik (TU instructor at CEPOTS) and TU Students: M.Willensdorfer, P. Naderer, K.Dobes, E. Gruber (from left to right) 2011-Sep-15

Gregor Kowarik receives ALC11 Poster Award

Gregor Kowarik 2011-May-25

  • At the 8th International Symposium on Atomic Level Characterizations for New Materials and Devices 2011 in Seoul, Republic of Korea, Gregor Kowarik, member of the Atomic and Plasma Physics Group has received a Student Award for his contribution Tuning the Efficiency of Capillary Guiding.

Our research on plasma-wall-interaction is covered by several Austrian newspapers

Die Presse 2011-Mar-1

  • In its sunday issue of Feb. 27th, 2011, the Austrian newspaper “Die Presse” reports on plasma-wall-interaction research in our group. See the online article or download the scanned PRESSE-article. Two days later another article appears in the newspaper “Salzburger Nachrichten” (you can download the scanned SN-article here).

Ille's research in Malaysia is covered by the Austrian newspaper "Der Standard"

Ille Gebeshuber 2011-Feb-09

  • The Austrian newspaper “Der Standard” reports on “bionic” research performed by our group member Ille C Gebeshuber, who is currently on leave from IAP and working as a professor at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. See the online article or download the scanned newspaper article.

ITER newsline reports on fusion research in our group

ITER newsline 2010-Sep-10

Press release on fusion research in our group

Katharina Dobes 2010-Aug-23

Fritz Aumayr elected as EPS division chair

F. Aumayr 2010-Jul-14

Robert Ritter receives DOC stipendium from the Austrian Academy of Sciences

Robert Ritter 2010-Feb-26

  • Robert Ritter, PhD student in the Atomic and Plasma Physics Group has been awarded a prestigious DOC-Stipendium by the Austrian Academy of Sciences, which will allow him to pursue his studies on nanostructure formation due to impact of slow highly charged ions for the next 2.5 years. Austrian Federal Minister of Science and Research Prof. Dr. Beatrix Karl handed over the certificate to him in a celebration on Feb.26, 2010 at the Academy of Sciences in Vienna.

Our image movie is now online



We have been renamed

new IAP logo 2009-Oct-01

  • After 34 years of service our well known trade mark name “Institut für Allgemeine Physik” has been changed by the university administration to “Institut für Angewandte Physik” (Institute of Applied Physics). Our acronym (IAP), however, stays the same, as will the quality of our research and teaching.

Surprise Birthday Party for Fritz Aumayr

Birthday Party 2009-August-27

  • Our group leader, Fritz Aumayr, became 50 just recently. Just the proper occasion for a wicked summer-style party … of course a surprise. Some students managed to guide Fritz to the party by means of highly sophisticated methods, pretending very interesting research findings. And all that without arousing his suspicion! Eventually the surprise worked out and finally ended in a nice celebration.

Prestigious "Humboldt Research Fellowship" for Ayman S. El-Said

Ayman S. El-Said 2009-June-01

  • Ayman S. El-Said, post-doctoral researcher in the Atomic and Plasma Physics Group has been awarded a prestigious “Humboldt Research Fellowship” by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. His fellowship will take him to Forschungszentrum Dresden in Rossendorf/Germany, where he will start his work in fall 2009. We wish him success for his future career and hope for fruitful collaborations.

Walter Meissl takes a PostDoc position at RIKEN

Walter Meissl 2009-April-01

  • Japan-fan Walter Meissl leaves the Atomic and Plasma Physics Group to work as a PostDoc at the renowned RIKEN Lab near Tokyo (Japan) in the group of Prof. Yasunori Yamazaki.

Ille leaves us for 3 years

Ille Gebeshuber 2008-Dec-01

Special screening of "Miss Entropy"

Miss Entropy


  • The premiere screening of Miss Entropy, an experimental thriller produced by our group member Artur Golczewski (Birdman&Artboy Ventures) and filmed in the labs and offices of our group is scheduled at the AUDIMAX at TU Wien 08:00 pm. Click here to see the movie.

Highly charged ions - a new tool for surface nanostructuring !

HCI induced nanohillocks on CaF2 2008-Jun-16

Walter Meissl receives ALC07 Poster Award

Walter Meissl 2007-Oct-30

  • At the 6th International Symposium on Atomic Level Characterizations for New Materials and Devices '07 in Kanazawa, Ishikawa/Japan, Walter Meissl, member of the Atomic and Plasma Physics Group has received a Student Award for his contribution Electron emission from highly charged ion irradiated alkali-halide targets.

Lasers and Darwin

Laserlab at IAP 2006-Nov-21

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