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Colloquium on the occasion of the foundation of the Peter Grünberg Institut

The Peter Grünberg Institut: Built on 40 years of experience

07 Apr 2011 10:00
08 Apr 2011 14:30

More than 40 years of Jülich competence in solid state physics, thin films, surface and interface physics and material sciences have been combined in the Peter Grünberg Institut (PGI) which has been founded at Forschungszentrum Jülich in 2011.

Two theoretical and seven experimental divisions of the former Institut für Festkörperforschung (IFF) and the former Institut für Bio- und Nanosysteme (IBN), which in turn descends from the Institut für Grenzflächenforschung und Vakuumphysik (IGV) and the Institut für Schicht- und Ionentechnik (ISI), have joined forces and founded the Peter Grünberg Institut.

The institute is named after Peter Grünberg who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 2007 jointly with Albert Fert. The two scientists were honoured for discovering the giant magnetoresistance effect which is used in millions of computer hard drives today and has given birth to the field of spintronics. The Peter Grünberg Institut builds on the recipe for success created by the famous scientist.

The institute is linked to the RWTH Aachen University through the section “Fundamentals of Future Information Technology (FIT)” of the Jülich-Aachen Research Alliance (JARA).