Roderich Moessner

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Roderich Moessner is a condensed matter physicist working on the physics of strong fluctuations in many-body systems due to frustration, competing degrees of freedom or quantum fluctuations. Moessner received his PhD from University of Oxford and is now serving as one of the directors of the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems[1] in Dresden, Germany. With C. Castelnovo and S. L. Sondhi, he is known for the theoretical proposition of realizing magnetic monopoles within a condensed matter system known as spin ice.[2]

He received the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize (Germany's most prestigious research funding prize) in 2013 jointly with Achim Rosch for their contributions to the physics of strongly interacting quantum systems.


  1. ^ [1]"MPI-PKS"
  2. ^ [2]" Magnetic monopoles in spin ice, C. Castelnovo, R. Moessner and S. L. Sondhi, Nature 451 42-45"