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Nora Brambilla elected as Fellow of the American Physical Society

News from Physics Department - 2012-11-22

Prof. Dr. Nora Brambilla [2]

Nora Brambilla, Professor of Theoretical Particle and Nuclear Physics at Technische Universität München and Principal Investigator at the Excellence Cluster Universe, has been elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS).

The APS Fellow citation states that Prof. Brambilla

“has been honored for her contributions to the theory of heavy-quark-antiquark-systems, including the development of new effective field theories, and for contributions to the field of heavy-quarkonium physics throug the founding and leadership of the Quarkonium Working Group.”

Candidates are nominated by members of the APS. Thus, an APS Fellowship is a distinct honor signifying recognition by one’s professional peers. According to the APS statutes, only a maximum of 0.5 percent of its members may be appointed as Fellows.

Since 2008, Nora Brambilla has been at TUM. Before her arrival in Garching, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Milan and a Research Scientist at Philips Research Labs Aachen. She was honored with Humboldt Fellowships at the University of Heidelberg, and a Marie Curie Fellowship at the University of Vienna. In the early 1990’s Prof. Brambilla initiated the conference series “Quark Confinement and the Hadron Spectrum”, which has become one of the worldwide leading conferences in the field of strong interactions in particle physics. The tenth edition of this series just took place at the Garching Campus and attracted about 400 participants from all over the world.

In 2003, Prof. Brambilla, together with A. Boehrer, M. Kraemer, R. Mussa and A. Vairo, founded the Quarkonium Working Group (QWG,, which brings together scientists working in experiments and theory of quarkonium (a bound state of two heavy quarks) around the world. The QWG prepared two reports on quarkonium physics in 2004 and 2010 that had a great impact on the progress of this research field and which are highly cited documents. The QWG hosts regular meetings, the next one takes place 2013 at the Institute of High Energy Physics in Beijing.

Further links

This information is also found on the pages of the Cluster of excelence “Origin and Structure of the Universe”


Foto: Eckert / Heddergott TU München

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