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Christoph Helmut Keitel

Curriculum Vitae


Christoph Helmut Keitel

birth30 July 1965, Lübeck, Germany
addressMax-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik (MPIK)
Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics
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69117 Heidelberg
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2005 - presentHeidelberg University, Germany: honorary professor ("Honorarprofessor") at the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy
2000 - 2005University of Freiburg, Germany: lecturer ("Privatdozent") at the faculty of physics
1998 - 2000University of Freiburg, Germany: Habilitation and Venia Legendi in physics. Topic: Atomic systems in intense laser fields.
1991 - 1992University of Munich, Germany: PhD in physics. Thesis topic: Lasing without inversion and refraction without absorption. Supervision by Profs. M. O. Scully and L. M. Narducci (official G. Süssmann)
1987 - 1990University of Munich, Germany: Diplom (MS) in physics. Thesis topic: Triggered superradiance (Supervisor Prof. Dr. G. Süssmann)
1985 - 1987Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany: "Vordiplom" (BS) both in physics and mathematics
1971 - 1985School till Abitur (high school graduation) followed by 15 months of military service


2004 - presentDirector, Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik (MPIK, Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics), Heidelberg, Germany
2003 - 2004Lecturer of Physics ("Hochschuldozent") at the University of Freiburg (SS 03, C2) and Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (WS 03/04, C4), Germany
1998 - 2003Project Leader ("Nachwuchsgruppenleiter") "Theory of atomic systems in intense laser fields" at the DFG funded Special Research Area 276, Faculty of Physics at the University of Freiburg, Germany
1997 - 1998Marie Curie Fellow, Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Innsbruck, Austria (with Prof. P. Zoller)
1992 - 1997Post-doctoral Research Associate, Optics Section, Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College, London SW7 2BZ, UK (with Prof. Sir P. L. Knight FRS)
1989 - 1992Research Assistant (Associate since 1991), Center for Advanced Studies, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131, USA (with Prof. M. O. Scully)
Research Fellowship, Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik (Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics), Garching (Munich), Germany (with Prof. M. O. Scully and Prof. H. Walther)


2008 - presentAdvisory Board member of ELI (Extreme Light Infrastructure), in particular ELI Beamlines (Czech Republic) and ELI Nuclear Physics (Romania)
2006 - 2008Managing Director of the Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik (MPIK, Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics) (regular 3 year term), Heidelberg, Germany
2006 - 2008Member of the Regional Coordination Committee
2004 - presentFounding Speaker of the International Max Planck Research School for Quantum Dynamics in Physics, Chemistry and Biology (IMPRS-QD) (opening of the graduate school: 2007)
1991 - presentReviewer for numerous scientific publishing companies (journals & books) and for various national and international scientific funding bodies


2008APS "Outstanding Referee" Award
2006Fellow of Optical Society of America
2003Gustav Hertz Prize of the German Physical Society
(Further information see DPG Press release/Pressemitteilungen 12.2.2003)
1998SFB Junior Research Group
1997European Union Marie Curie Fellow
1988Fellow of "Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes"