Prof. Dr. Klaus Stefan Kirch
Head of Inst. Particle Physics and Astrophysics
Full Professor at the Department of Physics|
Professor Kirch’s research is centred on fundamental particle physics with ultra-cold neutrons and muons.
His group’s experiments are precision measurements at low particle energies and can be divided into two categories: high-precision measurements of fundamental parameters of the standard model and searches for processes forbidden in the standard model.
One example is the search for a permanent electric dipole moment (EDM) of the neutron, which would violate time reversal invariance and could have something to do with the asymmetry between matter and antimatter in the universe.
|Curriculum Vitae (CV)|
Klaus Kirch is Full Professor of Experimental Particle Physics at ETH Zurich’s Institute for Particle Physics and Astrophysics and at the same time Head of the Laboratory of Particle Physics, www.psi.ch/ltp, at the Paul Scherrer Institute. He was Associate Professor from 2009 to 2014.
He was born in Cologne, Germany, on 26 December 1967.
From 1989 to 1994 Professor Kirch studied mathematics and physics at the Albertus Magnus University of Cologne, completing a physics degree with a nuclear physics project entitled "Kollektive Zustände in Ba-132 nach beta-Zerfall" in 1994.
He worked at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and ETH Zurich from 1994 to 1997, completing a doctorate there with his thesis "Bildung, Abregung und 2S-Metastabilität leichter myonischer Atome" in 1997. From 1997 to 1999 he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at ETH Zurich, focussing on projects concerning muon decay.
He then moved to Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Los Alamos, NM, USA, as a Director's Postdoctoral Fellow specialising in neutrino physics on SNO and the generation of ultra-cold neutrons (UCN).
In 2001 he returned to the PSI, where he worked as a scientist specialising in fundamental particle physics with neutrons and collaborating on the development of the UCN source. From 2008 to 2018, he was the head of the UCN-Physics (Ultra Cold Neutrons) group at PSI, www.psi.ch/ltp-ucn-physics.
Chairman of CHIPP
Swiss Delegate for the European Strategy Group for Particle Physics
Member of the Executive Board at CHIPP
Swiss Correspondent for Nuclear Physics News International
Member of the Executive Committee of the Swiss Physical Society
Distinguished Performance Award, LANL
CERN-Fellowship (not taken up)
LANL Director's Fellowship
PSI-Award for his doctoral thesis
Professor Kirch is married and has four children.
402-0600-00L Nuclear and Particle Physics with Applications
402-0710-00L Doctoral Student Seminar in Nuclear and Particle Physics
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