Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Mathematisch-Naturwissen­schaft­liche Fakultät - Experimentelle Elementarteilchenphysik

Dr. Ullrich Schwanke

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I am an experimental (astro-)particle physicist at Humboldt University and member of the Experimental High Energy Group of Prof. Dr. Cigdem Issever.

My current research focusses on the

(i) construction and operation of high-precision ion clocks as a tool for searches for physics beyond the standard model, and on             

(ii) the exploration of the non-thermal Universe with the help of Cherenkov telescopes.

Hint for students: At the moment, we have an opening for a thesis on a fiber-optic Michelson interferometer. You can also check this poster for bachelor and master theses.


Current Research

High-precision ion clocks as quantum sensors and searches for ultra-light dark matter
Gamma-ray astronomy with the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) Observatory

Collaboration partners:

S. Worm (DESY, HU), M. Krutzik (HU, FBH)

Collaboration partners:

CTA-MST Structure Project (M. Garczarczyk (DESY) et al.)

Cross-Cutting Interests

  • Statistical methods for data analysis
  • Monte Carlo simulations and pattern recognition
  • Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems for (astro-)particle physics experiments
  • Design and development of SCADA and reconstruction software

Coordination Roles

Scientific Workshops/Lecture Series
  • Coordinator of the gamma-ray astronomy effort in the group of Prof. T. Lohse (2007-2021)
  • MST-Structure Software Coordinator (2012-2023)
  • Convenor of the H.E.S.S. Exotics/Astroparticle Working Group (2009-2013)
  • Member of the H.E.S.S. observation committee

Previous Research Projects and Experiments

  • Galactic science and indirect dark matter searches (Galactic centre, dwarf galaxies) with the H.E.S.S. observatory in Namibia
  • Studies on the strong interaction (colour-suppressed B-meson decays) with the BaBar experiment at SLAC
  • Development of higher-level trigger algorithms and control software for the HERA-B experiment at DESY
  • Construction and test of honeycomb drift chambers for HERA-B

Curriculum Vitae

  • Since 2007: Staff scientist at HU
  • 2003-2006: Postdoc at HU
  • 2001-2002: Research scholar at UC San Diego
  • 1997-2001: PhD at DESY (Zeuthen)