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In the context of the Visiting Professorship program of the institutes of Physics and Astronomy of the UvA and the VU, Prof Frédéric Merkt (ETH Zurich) will visit Amsterdam for three months starting the 17th of September 2018. During this period, Prof Merkt will also hold the Johannes Diderik van der Waals rotating chair established at the UvA.

Frédéric Merkt

Prof. Merkt is a world leader in the field of atomic and molecular physics. In particular, he is a recognized expert of the highest standing in the field of laser spectroscopy who has been awarded twice an ERC Advanced Grant. Prof. Merkt is the author of more than 200 peer-reviewed publications. He has been the recipient of a large number of prizes and awards including the Fellowship of the American Physical Society, the Otto Bayer Award, the National Latsis Prize and the Carus Medal of the German Academy of Sciences. Prof. Merkt will collaborate scientifically with various groups both at the UvA (van der Waals - Zeeman Institute) and at the VU (LaserLab).

Visiting Professorship

The Physics & Astronomy Visiting Professorship program was started in 2017 and targets excellent academics with an outstanding research track record, well-recognized experts in some of the disciplines where the UvA and the VU are active. The selected scholars are expected to contribute to strengthening the scientific and academic activities of the Amsterdam physics and astronomy communities, as well as acting as inspiring role models to our student population.


If you would like to interact with Prof Merkt, please contact his hosts, Prof Kjeld Eikema (VU), Prof Wim Ubachs (VU), and Dr Klaasjan van Druten (UvA).