LCN's Dr Christian Ruegg to head the neutron scattering facilities at the Paul Scherrer Institute

Dr. Christian Ruegg of the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN) and the Department of Physics and Astronomy has been appointed as the new head of the Laboratory for Neutron Scattering at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) in Switzerland.

Christian Ruegg joined the LCN in 2005 on a fellowship sponsored by the Swiss National Science Foundation and was working as a postdoctoral research associate with Prof. Desmond McMorrow. Subsequently, he was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship and a lectureship in 2008, and was promoted to Reader in Physics in 2009. In 2006 he received the Swiss Physical Society Award for General Physics and in 2010 the Nicholas Kurti European Science Prize.

PSI operates the Swiss spallation neutron source SINQ (http://sinq.web.psi.ch/), with more than 15 specialised instruments for neutron diffraction, spectroscopy and imaging. As researcher at the LCN and earlier during his PhD, Christian Ruegg has been using these instruments to study electronic and magnetic correlations in novel materials near quantum critical points. He and his laboratory will now be responsible for the operation, development and scientific exploitation of this state-of-the art instrumentation.