Andreas Osterwalder

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Andreas Osterwalder completed his Ph.D. at ETH Zurich (Switzerland) with a thesis on high-resolution spectroscopy of high Rydberg states. During a postdoctoral stay at the University of California, Berkeley (USA), where he was working on a new method for high-resolution photoelectron spectroscopy of negative ions, he discovered his interest in cold molecules, and especially cold chemistry. From 2005 to 2009 he was working as a group leader at the Fritz-Haber-Institute of the Max-Planck Society in Berlin (Germany), working on new ways to produce translationally cold neutral molecules, in particular in view of applications to collisions studies. In 2009 he took a position as a Swiss Science Foundation funded professor at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland), where he is investigating reactive scattering dynamics at low temperatures in merged neutral molecular beams.

Atomic and Molecular Physics

Viewpoint: Slowing Continuous Molecular Beams in a Rotating Spiral

A new approach to the continuous deceleration of polar molecules uses a rotating guide to slow the molecules down. Read More »