Vienna University of Technology (TUW) AUSTRIA


The Vienna University of Technology has about 20.000 students and 2.900 research and technical personnel covering engineering, architecture, electrical and information technology, informatics and natural sciences. The Physics Faculty consists of four university institutes, one of them, the Atominstitut, specializes in teaching and research on atomic, nuclear, neutron, solid state and low temperature physics, and radiation effects, nuclear chemistry and quantum optics. It operates the only research reactor in Austria.

Previous relevant experience related to the project’s aims:

The Low Temperature Physics Department (LTP) of ATI ( with six permanent scientific and technical staff and approximately 10 scientists hired under contracts is specialized in research on superconductivity, since 1987 almost exclusively on high temperature superconductors. Its key personnel have broad experience in managing national and international projects, among them about 10 European projects in the framework of EURATOM and a highly successful TMR programme of the EU on high-field/high-current superconductors (SUPERCURRENT). LTP also participated in about 10 European research programmes and networks. LTP is particularly well equipped for the assessment of the transport and magnetic properties of superconductors (including the angular dependence of both the critical currents and the magnetic moments) in a broad field and temperature range.

Specific facilities of ATI include the TRIGA Mark II research reactor, two SQUID magnetometers and a vector VSM, several scanning facilities (magnetoscan, trapped field), low temperature STM/MFM, a two-axis goniometer for critical current measurements, and an 18 T magnet (AC susceptibility, current transport up to 1000 A).

Profile of staff members involved in the project:

  • Professor Harald W. Weber obtained his PhD in Physics (1969) at the University of Vienna. He was appointed as a University Assistant at the Vienna University of Technology (TU) in 1968, became a University Lecturer there in 1975, and was appointed Professor of Low Temperature Physics at the Science Faculty of TU in 1981. He spent several sabbaticals abroad, e.g. at the Research Centre Jülich and at Oak Ridge and Argonne National Laboratories. He is a member of the editorial board of a number of scientific journals, has organised several international conferences and edited their proceedings. His publication list comprises approximately 15 books and book chapters, as well as about 550 papers in scientific journals. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Latvia in 1993. He became a corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in 1996.
  • Dr. Michael Eisterer holds Master Degrees in Physics (1994) and Mathematics (1997) as well as a PhD from the Vienna University of Technology (1999). He became a University Lecturer in Solid State Physics in 2008. He is specialized in the characterization of high temperature superconductors including MgB2 and the pnictides. He is the author of about 110 scientific papers and well known for the development of new experimental techniques (e.g. magnetoscan) and theoretical models for the supercurrent flow in heterogeneous superconductors (e.g. current percolation in anisotropic media, such a polycrystalline MgB2 wires). He is currently leading a research project on the nature of current transport in Fe-based superconductors.
  • Associate Professor Dr. Franz M. Sauerzopf received his PhD from the Vienna University of Technology in 1986. He became a University Lecturer in Solid State Physics in 1998 and an associate professor in the same year. He is specialized in anisotropy effects in superconductors and fundamentals of flux pinning. He is currently working on the summation problem of flux pinning by strong pins.
  • Dr. Martin Zehetmayer received his PhD from the Vienna University of Technology in 2004 and is currently preparing the submission of his habilitation thesis at TUW. He is specialized in the experimental and theoretical analysis of the electrodynamics of superconductors in the mixed state and is currently leading a research project on the second peak effect (“fishtail” effect) in various superconductors. He is the author of about 50 scientific papers and well known for the theoretical analysis of the magnetoscan signals which led to the establishment of this technique as an in-situ quality assurance method for the assessment of the homogeneity of coated conductors. He was in charge of the procurement of the low temperature STM/MFM of ATI and has been working on the visualization of individual flux lines since 2010

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