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Heike Pfau

Assistant Professor of Physics

Research Interests

My research focuses on materials with strong electronic correlations. These materials develop novel phenomena and unconventional electronic phases such as heavy fermion behavior, unconventional superconductivity, nematicity, and quantum criticality. I want to advance the knowledge of such emergent collective phenomena using angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) as well as low temperature transport and thermodynamic probes. My main focus lies on correlated materials containing f- and d-electron elements such as heavy fermion systems and iron-based superconductors.


Professional Career

Since 2021 Assistant Professor, Pennsylvania State University, USA

2021            Research Scientist, Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, USA

2019 - 2020 Postdoctoral Researcher, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA

2015 - 2018 Postdoctoral Researcher, Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, USA

2010 - 2015 Research Assistant, Max-Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids Dresden, Germany



Ph.D. Physics, Technical University Dresden & Max-Planck Institute CPfS Dresden, Germany (2015)

Diploma Physics, Technical University Dresden, Germany (2010)


Honors and Awards

DFG Research Fellowship from the German Science Foundation (2018)

Otto-Hahn Medal of the Max-Planck Society (2016)

Springer Thesis Award (2016)

Feodor-Lynen Fellowship from the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation (2015)



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