Nachtergaele Wins Carl Friedrich von Siemens Research Award

Bruno Nachtergaele
(Courtesy of the Oberwolfach Photo Collection)

Bruno Nachtergaele, distinguished professor of mathematics, has received a Carl Friedrich von Siemens Research Award in recognition of his lifetime achievements in mathematics. Given annually by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, award winners receive a 60,000 euro cash prize and a travel stipend to spend up to one year in Germany collaborating with colleagues on a long-term research project.

While in Germany, Nachtergaele plans to collaborate with researchers at the Technical University of Munich and the Munich Center for Quantum Science and Technology (MCQST) — including alumna Amanda Young (B.S. ’08, Ph.D. ’16, mathematics). Their focus will be the fractional quantum Hall effect and quasiparticles called anyons, which arise in two-dimensional electron systems at low temperatures in strong magnetic fields. “These phenomena offer fascinating possibilities for new technologies,” Nachtergaele said.

Becky Oskin, content strategist in the College of Letters and Science