The European Research Council awards a project grant to Christian R. Ast currently working at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart.
With the annually awarded, prestigious Consolidator Grants, the European Research Council (ERC) supports young research leaders who want to consolidate their independence and continue developing a successful career in Europe. The ERC targets promising researchers who have the proven potential of becoming independent research leaders. For this, it provides a budget of up to 2 million Euros, in some cases up to 2.75 million Euros for each project. For a period of five years, this financial support enables young scientists to build their own research group and to expand their fields of research.
Christian Ast is a group leader at the Max-Planck-Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart. The research in his group is focused on the smallest energy scales at the quantum limit, which become dominant only at lowest temperatures, in order to better understand superconductivity and light-matter-interaction at the atomic scale. In his project “Absolute Spin Dynamics in Quantum Materials”, which was recently funded by the European Research Council, single spin systems comprised of individual atoms and molecules will be directly excited and coherently manipulated in order to elucidate the possibilities for quantum information processing at the atomic scale. To realize this, his team will combine the two well-known techniques electron spin resonance spectroscopy and scanning tunneling microscopy.