Hartmut Zabel

Biographical notes

Hartmut Zabel received his doctorate in 1978 from the LM University of Munich in the field of physics on a topic in condensed matter physics. He then spent a year as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Houston, Texas, and joined the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1979 as Assistant Professor, where he was promoted to Associate Professor in 1983 and Full Professor of Physics in 1986. In 1989 he received a call to the Ruhr University Bochum and held the chair for experimental physics/condensed matter physics from 1989 to 2012. He maintained his connection to the University of Illinois as Adjunct Professor of Physics. After his retirement in 2012, he was first a Senior Professor at the Ruhr University and from 2014 to 2018 Distinguished Guest Professor at the Johann Gutenberg University in Mainz.

In addition, Hartmut Zabel was a guest researcher at various universities and institutions, i.a. at Brookhaven National Laboratory (USA), Risø National Laboratory (Denmark), University of Kyoto, National Institute of Science and Technology, Gaithersburg/Washington, KTH Stockholm, and Uppsala University (Sweden). He was also member and chairperson of various scientific committees and advisory bodies, including those at the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland, the Institut Laue-Langevin (Grenoble, France), Argonne National Laboratory, and the Helmholtz Center Berlin. In 1996 he was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society, in 2001 he received an honorary doctorate from the KTH in Stockholm. From 2000-2011, he was chairperson of the Collaborative Research Center located at the Universities Bochum and Duisburg, funded by the German National Science Foundation on the Topic “Magnetic Heterostructures. Spin structures and Spin Transport”. Furthermore, he developed and operated scientific instruments together with his coworker for polarized neutron reflectivity (ADAM and Super-ADAM) at the Institut Laue-Langevin, and for x-ray magnetic resonance scattering at the BESSY II synchrotron facility (ALICE).

His scientific work at the University of Illinois and the Ruhr University Bochum comprises over 500 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals on the structure, dynamics, magnetism and superconductivity of solids, and 35 review articles in journals and books. He was supervisor and co-supervisor of more than 50 doctoral students in Urbana, Bochum and Mainz; organizer and co-organizer of numerous international workshops and conferences. Furthermore, he is author, editor and co-editor of nine books. In addition, he was guest lecturer at many summer schools in Europe. i.a. he was a guest lecturer in the European Graduate School “HERCULES” in Grenoble for the last 30 years, lecturing on the topic of scattering experiments with synchrotron radiation and neutrons.



Medical Physics I: Physical Aspects of the Human Body
H. Zabel, 2nd Edition, de Gruyter Verlag, 2023, 513 pages

Medical Physics II: Physical Aspects of Diagnostics
H. Zabel, 2nd Edition, de Gruyter Verlag, 2023, 428 pages

Medical Physics III: Physical Aspects of Therapeutics
H. Zabel, 2nd Edition, de Gruyter Verlag, 2023, 295 pages

Physik, Endspurt
H. Zabel, 6. Edition, Georg Thieme Verlag, 2023, 100 pages

Magnetic Nanostructures, Spin Dynamics and Spin Transport
Springer Tracts in Modern Physics 246, Springer Verlag (Berlin, Heidelberg, New York), 2013
Hartmut Zabel and Michael Farle, Editors

Magnetic Heterostructures, Advances and Perspectives in Spinstructures and Spintransport
Springer Tracts in Modern Physics 227, Springer Verlag (Berlin, Heidelberg, New York), 2008
Hartmut Zabel and Samuel D. Bader, Editors

Kurzlehrbuch Physik, 239 Seiten
Hartmut Zabel, 2.Auflage, Georg Thieme Verlag, Stuttgart New York

Graphite Intercalation Compounds I: Structue and Dynamics
Springer Series in Materials Science 14, Springer Verlag (Berlin, Heidelberg, New York),  1990
H. Zabel and S.A. Solin, Editors

Graphite Intercalation Compounds II: Transport and Electronic Properties
Springer Series in Materials Science 18, Springer Verlag (Berlin, Heidelberg, New York),  1992
H. Zabel and S.A. Solin, Editors

Selection of Scientific Journal Articles

Faster chiral versus collinear magnetic order recovery after optical excitation revealed by femtosecond XUV scattering
Nico Kerber, Dmitriy Ksenzov, Frank Freimuth, Flavio Capotondi, Emanuele Pedersoli, Ignacio Lopez-Quintas, Boris Seng, Joel Cramer, Kai Litzius, Daniel Lacour, Hartmut Zabel, Yuriy Mokrousov, Mathias Kläui, Christian Gutt , Nature communications 11 , 6304 (2020)

Probing interspatial magnetic flux distributions in ferromagnetic stripe arrays by specular and off-specular polarized neutron scattering
D. Gorkov, BP. Toperverg, H. Zabel, Physical Review B 101, 224404 (2020)

Artificial magnetic pattern arrays probed by polarized neutron reflectivity
D. Gorkov, BP. Toperverg, H. Zabel, Nanomaterials 10, 851 (2020)

Exchange bias in epitaxial Mn2Au (0 0 1)/Fe (0 0 1) bilayers
A. A. Sapozhnik, M. Jourdan, H. Zabel, M. Kläui, H.-J. Elmers, J. of Physics D: Applied Physics 52, 465003 (2019)

Direct imaging of antiferromagnetic domains in Mn2Au manipulated by high magnetic fields

A. A. Sapozhnik, M. Filianina, S. Yu. Bodnar, A. Lamirand,3 M.-A. Mawass, Y. Skourski, H.-J. Elmers, H. Zabel, M. Kläui, and M. Jourdan, Phys. Rev. B 97, 134429 (2018)

Ultrafast and energy-effcient spin manipulationdynamics: Antiferromagnetism beats ferromagnetism
Nele Thielemann-Kühn,  D. Schick, Niko Pontius, Christoph Trabant, Rolf Mitzner, Karsten Holldack, Hartmut Zabel, Alexander Föhlisch, and Christian Schüßler-Langeheine, Phys. Rev. Lett. 119, 197202 (2017).

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