Collaboration and networking
Most of our research results we achieved through collaborations. We pursue a collaboration between the different talents and skills of our department. We benefit from stimulating discussions and collaborations within the Peter Grünberg Institut and the Institute for Advanced Simulation, with our colleagues at the University RWTH Aachen through the research alliances JARA|FIT and JARA|HPC, the graduate school AICES, the German Research School for Simulations Sciences (GRS), and the Collaborate Research Centre Nanoswitches (SFB-917) funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). We are collaborating with other universities and research institutes in Germany through Research Units and Priority Programs funded by the DFG. On the international scale we collaborate through guest programs of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the exchange of students (e.g. Uppsala University) or postdocs (e.g. DIPC San Sebastian), the Eurocore program of the ESF and we are members of the EU Research, Training and Infrastructure Networks. We have strong contacts to Japan for example by a Core-to-Core partnership program with Osaka University on Computational Materials Design for Green Energy, a joint research grant on method development funded by DFG and the Japan Science and Technology (JST) agency, and to our partner institute (MoU) Sanken at Osaka University. Through the Forschungszentrum we are participating in a MoU with the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) in the field of high-performance computing.
A particular trademark of our institute is the long standing track record in cooperating with experimentalists in particular in the field of (spin-polarized) scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and the (spin- and) angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARUPS). Interpreting experimental results is a source of inspiration to our work.