09. April 2024

Particle café: On the trail of unanswered questions in particle physics Teilchencafé: Den offenen Fragen der Teilchenphysik auf der Spur

This time's guest: Prof. Dr. Lena Funcke

Our particle café, as always with coffee and cake
Our particle café, as always with coffee and cake © Maike Hansen
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On April 22, 2024, at 16:00, the next particle café for interested pupils and students will take place in Bonn. The Particle Café concept is intended to allow young students and pupils to exchange ideas in a cozy atmosphere with people who have their professional careers in physics or originally come from physics. This time Prof. Dr. Lena Funcke is invited.

After studying physics at the University of Münster and the University of Cambridge (UK), Lena Funcke completed her doctorate at the age of 23 at the Max Planck Institute for Physics and the LMU Munich. Her dissertation was awarded the Arnold Sommerfeld Doctoral Prize of the LMU and the Dieter Rampacher Prize of the Max Planck Society. Before joining the University of Bonn as a junior professor, Lena Funcke worked for four years as a postdoc, first at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo (Canada) and then at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge (USA).

Together with her interdisciplinary team, she develops new models beyond the standard model and investigates their phenomenological effects. She is also developing new computational methods for investigating strongly coupled quantum field theories based on lattice field theory, tensor networks, deep learning, and quantum computers.

Like last time, you can ask Lena Funcke anything you want to know in a cozy atmosphere with coffee and cake: About her work and research, her studies, physics, or whatever else is on your mind. It is certainly also a good opportunity to get to know the Particle World network and to network more with each other!

The meeting will take place in conference room 2 (room 1.049) at the Physics Institute of the University of Bonn. We look forward to seeing you there!

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