Prize Recipient

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Susanne Baumann
IBM Almaden Res Ctr


"For outstanding work in measuring and controlling the spin properties of individual magnetic atoms on surfaces by high-resolution scanning tunneling microscopy."


Susanne Baumann studied nanoscience at the University of Basel in Switzerland and finished with a master's degree in 2011. For her Ph.D., she worked primarily at the IBM Almaden Research Center in the lab of Dr. Andreas Heinrich. Susanne studied the spin and orbital properties of single magnetic atoms with high-resolution scanning tunneling microscopy and explored their exceedingly long lived quantum states. Additionally, she collaborated successfully with researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique federale de Lausanne, ETH Zurich and the Paul Scherrer Institute, all in Switzerland, to gain even deeper understanding on the orbital magnetism of these single atoms by X-ray circular dichroism measurements. For this work on magnetic atoms with exceptionally high orbital moments and extremely long lifetimes on surfaces, she received her Ph.D. from the University of Basel under Professor Ernst Meyer in 2015. The results in her thesis were substantial in enabling electron spin resonance on single atoms.

Selection Committee:

Allan MacDonald, Chair; David Cahill; Laura Greene; Dimitri Basov