HZB researcher receives university-level teaching credential (Habilitation)

Klaus Habicht analyses materials also with the help of neutron resonance spin-echo spectroscopy, a method, he helped to develop further. © HZB

Dr. Klaus Habicht has successfully completed the university-level teaching accreditation process in the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Potsdam and received his official university-level teaching qualification for the physics of condensed matter. Habicht has conducted numerous lectures and seminars at the University of Potsdam since 2011, in particular in solid-state physics and methods in neutron research. He heads the Department of Methods for Characterisation of Transport Phenomenon in Energy Materials at the HZB.

Habicht provided a total of substantially more than 200 semester-hours of teaching at the University of Potsdam since the Winter 2011/2012 term. “I have always been happy to participate in university teaching at the Institute for Physics and Astronomy”, he says. “The exchange of scientific ideas with students is an enriching experience, for one because I had to deal more deeply with the fundamentals, and for another because this fosters the interest of very good young people in the exciting research topics in solid-state physics.”

Habicht described the method of neutron resonance spin-echo spectroscopy that he developed further in his accreditation research. He was successful with this development in determining the lifetimes of dispersive excitations in solid-state matter. He was thus able to measure in conventional superconductors the lifetimes of lattice oscillations (phonons), which facilitates direct access to the coupling constant between electrons and phonons – a parameter that is otherwise difficult to access.

“I am very grateful to the Institute of Physics and Astronomy for their amiable acceptance of me there and for the generous support of my university-level teaching credential (Habilitation). I am likewise grateful in particular to Prof. Reimund Gerhard and Prof. Matias Bargheer”, says Habicht.


Accreditation paper: „Neutron-Resonance Spin-Echo Spectroscopy: A High Resolution Look at Dispersive Excitations”.