September 1st - 4th, 2015 navigation

Joint Annual Meeting of the Austrian Physical Society and the Swiss Physical Society

- with the Austrian and Swiss Societies for Astronomy and Astrophysics

September 1st - 4th, 2015

For the fourth time the annual meetings of ÖPG, SPS, SSAA and ÖGAA will take place together. The success of previous events in Innsbruck (2009), Lausanne (2011) and Linz (2013) indicates clearly that physicists from both countries appreciated the broader range of topics as well as the opportunity to meet colleagues from the other societies.

This year's meeting is hosted by the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien).

Scientific Program

11 plenary talks addressing the latest advancements in different research fields will be presented in the morning sessions from Tuesday to Friday:

  • Stefan Hell, Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry (2014),
    Max-Planck-Institut für biophysikalische Chemie Göttingen
    "Nanoscopy with focused light"
  • François R. Bouchet, Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris
    "Cosmology with the Planck satellite"
  • Ambrogio Fasoli, EPFL Lausanne
    "Physics challenges for burning plasmas"
  • Klaus Kirch, ETH Zürich & PSI Villigen
    "Precision particle physics at low energies"
  • Georg Kresse, Uni Wien
    "Beyond density functional theory: efficient many body techniques for condensed matter"
  • Bruno Leibundgut, Europäische Südsternwarte (ESO), München
    "The ESO science capabilities"
  • Joël Mesot, PSI Villigen
    "SwissFEL: science opportunities at the newest facility of the Paul Scherrer Institute"
  • Gerhard Meyer, IBM Rüschlikon
    "Scanning probe microscopy of single atoms/molecules on insulating films"
  • Thomas Müller, TU Wien
    "Optoelectronics in two-dimensional atomic crystals"
  • Arno Rauschenbeutel, TU Wien
    "Chiral interaction of light and matter in confined geometries"
  • Gijs Wuite, Uni Amsterdam
    "Acoustic Force Spectroscopy"

Furthermore 2 public lectures are scheduled:

On Tuesday evening, September 1st, 19.45,

  • Jens Hesselbjerg Christensen, University of Copenhagen
    Danish Meteorological Institute
    "The future of Earth's climate - is it really in our hands?"

and on Thursday evening, September 3rd, 19.45,

  • Cornelia Denz, University of Münster,
    "Licht hinter Gittern - Wie holographische Verfahren Materie strukturieren und anordnen können"

Topical Sessions

The following parallel sessions will be held in the afternoons:

  • Applied Physics, Acoustics & Polymer Physics
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics, with special session:
    "Star formation along the Cosmic history"
  • Atomic Physics and Quantum Photonics
  • Biophysics and Medical Physics
  • Careers for Physicists
  • Condensed Matter Physics (incl. NESY)
  • Geophysics, Atmosphere and Environmental Physics
  • History of Physics
  • Nuclear, Particle- & Astroparticlephysics
  • Plasma Physics
  • Surfaces, Interfaces and Thin Films
  • Theoretical Physics
  • Physik-Lehrerbildung im deutschsprachigen Raum

Dependent on the number and content of the contributed papers, each topical session will be split into special thematic subsessions.

A special "Energy day" will take place on August 31st, with a focus on "Temperature gradients as energy sources". This part is independent of the main conference and will be open to the public without charge.

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