Graduate School FIT

Future Information Technologies

FIT is a new graduate school, hosted by Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie in cooperation with FU Berlin, TU Berlin and University of Potsdam. The graduate school is member of Dahlem Research School (DRS) and provides a structured PhD program in physics to establish an innovative network for young researchers working in the field of future information technologies.


Research focus

This graduate school performs fundamental research in various different subject areas of relevance to information technologies. The research takes a long-term approach, from the study of new materials, phenomena and methods in condensed matter physics, to developing an understanding of novel physical processes, and how these can be manipulated and assessed for their potential for applications. A central theme of the school is the investigation of topological quantum systems such as exotic spin states with fractional excitations or topological (crystalline) insulators. For example, quantum computers require qubits that are long-lived and stable against decoherence. Such properties can arise in topological systems where competing and frustrated particles emerge in the absence of broken symmetries.

The graduate school integrates these topics together and provides a unified structure and scientific environment for PhD students working in subjects relevant to future information technologies. It brings together PhD students and supervisors from HZB and universities in the Berlin area who approach these scientific problems from a range of different theoretical and experimental techniques so that the graduates can draw on a wider pool of knowledge and expertise than is available within their research group alone.


Participating research groups

Prof. Dr. Mathias Bargheer, Universität Potsdam und HZB, Joint research group Ultrafast Dynamics

Dr. Catherine Dubourdieu, HZB, Functional Oxides for Energy-Efficient Information Technologies

Prof. Dr. Jens Eisert, Freie Universität Berlin, Dahlem Center for Complex Quantum Systems

Prof. Dr. Bella Lake, Technische Universität Berlin and HZB, Quantum Phenomena in Novel Materials

Prof. Dr. Oliver Rader, Universität Potsdam and HZB, Materials for Green Spintronics

Prof. Dr. Johannes Reuther, Freie Universität Berlin and HZB, Theory of Quantum Magnetism