Ohm Prize Laureate 2020

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Our PhD student Refik Mansuroglu was awarded with this year’s Ohm prize for his excellent master thesis “On the Kinematics, Spin and Statistics of Matter Fields in Loop Quantum Gravity” which he did at the Institute for theoretical physics III. This award is dedicated to the “support of young researchers in the field of physics at the university of Erlangen-Nuremberg”.

Refik Mansuroglu has studied the kinematics of matter fields in the context of loop quantum gravity. His definition of spin observables on a quantum geometry leads to a better understanding of the spin of matter fields coupling to quantum geometry. In particular a new effect was proposed, that the presence of matter in a spatial volume may affect its surface area by changing the total spin of the many body quantum state.