Jurgen Smet is heading the independent research group Solid State Nanophysics at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research. He graduated with a Master degree in Electrical Engineering from the Catholic University of Leuven in 1990. In 1994, he received his Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachussets Institute of Technology, Cambridge U.S.A, with research on intrawell and interwell intersubband transitions in single and multiple quantum well structures. He joined the von Klitzing department at the Max-Planck-Institute in October 1994 as a postdoc to investigate composite fermions in the two-dimensional electron system.
Following his appointment as a senior scientist, he expanded his research activities to include transport studies on periodically modulated semiconductor systems, phase coherent transport in semiconductor nanostructures, electron correlation and spin interaction phenomena in the two-dimensional electron system, picosecond time-resolved transport studies of semiconductor nanostructures, microwave and millimeter photoconductivity studies as well as the generation of terahertz radiation with self-assembled nanoislands.
He received the Gerhard Hess young investigator award from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) in 2000. His achievements in the area of composite fermions and his investigations on electron spin - nuclear spin interactions in the two-dimensional electron system were recognized with the Walter Schottky Prize of the German Physical Society (DPG) in 2003. In 2004 he was granted a young investigator award for nanotechnology research from the German Ministry of Science and Education. The European Physical Society (EPS) awarded him the EPS Edison Volta Prize for outstand acievements in physics, together with Klaus Ensslin and Dieter Weiss, for their seminal contributions to condensed matter nano-science in 2020.
A list of all publications and invited talks of Dr. Jurgen Smet can be found here: