Hannes Raebiger obtained his doctorate at the Helsinki University of Technology in 2006. In 2005 he was awarded the J. W. Corbett prize at the 23rd International Conference on Defects in Semiconductors for his studies elucidating the magnetic interactions in dilute magnetic semiconductors. After obtaining his doctorate, he joined Alex Zunger’s Solid State Theory group at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory as a post-doc. In 2008 he moved to Japan, becoming the first foreign faculty member at the Yokohama National University Graduate School of Engineering. He now heads his independent research group, focusing on the quantum theory of molecules and solids.
Theoretical methods have greatly influenced experiment in search of the elusive marriage between semiconductor electronics and magnetism, and the development of spintronics. The path has not always been a straight one, but realizing the limitations and strengths of theoretical approaches promises a straighter course.