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Johann W. (Gianni) Blatter was appointed Associate Professor at the ETH Zurich in 1993. Since 1996 he has been full Professor of Theoretical Physics at the Institute of Theoretical Physics at ETH Zurich. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and Head of Department since 2007.
Prof. Blatter was born on November 10, 1955 and is Swiss citizen (Brig-Glis and Ried-Brig, VS). He graduated from ETH Zurich and received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics in 1983 under the direction of T. M. Rice for the investigation of atom scattering as a surface probe. After his Ph.D. he moved to the research laboratory of Brown Boveri Company (later Asea Brown Boveri) in Baden, Switzerland, where he investigated the non-linear transport properties of structured wide gap semiconductors. During a Post-Doc stay at Cornell University (Ithaca, New York, with J. W. Wilkins) his interest turned to mesoscopic physics, e.g., transport in small metal rings. In 1987 he returned to Asea Brown Boveri and conducted the theoretical research on the new high temperature superconductors. The early interest in the transport properties of ceramic superconductors soon gave way to investigations of the phenomenological properties of these strongly type II materials. Today, his main research interests are the physics of vortex matter, the statistical physics of disordered systems, the transport properties of mesoscopic structures, quantum computing, and cold atom physics.
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