Rainer F. Mahrt  Rainer F. Mahrt photo         

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Research Staff Member
Zurich Research Laboratory, Zurich, Switzerland


Professional Associations

Professional Associations:  Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG)


Professional experience

Scientist at IBM Research, Zurich Research Laboratory (since April 2001)

Exploratory photonics on nanostructures, optics on nanostructured materials with special emphasis on organic semiconductors and photonic bandgap structures, hybrid organic-inorganic materials for opto-electronic applications, quantum fluids, quantum simulation and Bose Einstein Condensation.

Project leader (associate professor level) at the Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz (August 1999 - March 2001)

Quantum optics in organic microcavities, Giant Rabi splitting in organic microcavities, excitonic processes in organic and hybrid materials.

Post doctoral researcher at CNR, Bologna (July 1996 - Dezember 1996)

Spectroscopic investigations (time resolved and time integrated) on thiophene films sublimed in ultrahigh vacuum.

Research fellow (assistant professor level) at the Philipps-University Marburg (August 1992 - February 1997)

Dynamics of excitonic processes in amorphous polymer systems.


Education :

Habilitation, venia legendi (August 1992 - February 1997)

Philipps-University Marburg

“Dynamik optisch generierter Anregungen in konjugierten Polymeren”

  • Ultrafast relaxation of excitations in polymers and oligomers
  • Molecular exciton versus semiconductor band model
  • Ultrafast exciton dissociation
  • Resonant dipole-dipole interaction within optical microcavities

Post-doctoral Research associate (June 1991- July 1992)

Philipps-University Marburg

PhD studies (June 1988 - May 1991)

Philipps-University Marburg

Site-selektive Laserspektroskopie an amorphen Festkörpern bei tiefen Temperaturen

  • Energy selective high spectral resolution spectroscopy
  • Electron – phonon coupling in conjugated polymers
  • Random walk of excitations within energetic distribution of states

 Diploma thesis (April 1987-May 1988)

Philipps-University Marburg

Laserspektroskopische Untersuchungen zur Linienbreite photophysikalischer Löcher am System Tetracen/MTHF bei T= 4.2K

  • Investigation of the homogeneous linewidth of optical transitions in organic glasses
  • Linewidth broadening due to vibronic coupling

Studies of chemistry at the Philipps-University Marburg (October 1982-February 1987)

Honors / Awards

Habilitanden Award, Fonds der Chemischen Industrie 1995

Habilitierten Award, Fonds der Chemischen Industrie 1997

Infrastrukturhilfe „Neue Materialien“ Award, Fonds der Chemischen Industrie und Bundesministerium Bildung, Wissenschaft, Forschung und Technologie 1998

Award  „Förderung der chemierelevanten Grundlagenforschung“ , 2000, Fonds der Chemischen Industrie

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