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Horst L. Störmer

Horst L. StörmerAKA Horst Ludwig Störmer

Born: 6-Apr-1949
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Physicist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Fractional quantum Hall effect

American physicist Horst L. Störmer was co-discoverer of the fractional quantum Hall effect (FQHE), a bizarre variation of Klaus von Klitzing's quantum Hall effect, wherein electrons, under conditions of extreme cold electrons and certain magnetic effects, behave as though they have only a fraction of their ordinary electric charge. Laughlin and Daniel C. Tsui noted this effect in 1982, and it was theoretically explained by Robert B. Laughlin the following year, leading to the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1998, shared by these three scientists. Störmer conducted his Nobel Prizewinning research which employed at Bell Laboratories, and now teaches and studies at Columbia University, where his current research focuses on the physics of lower-dimensional systems.

Father: (interior decorator)
Mother: (teacher)
Brother: Heinz
Wife: Dominique Parchet

    High School: Goethe Gymnasium, Neu Isenburg, Germany
    University: Technical High School, Darmstadt
    University: BS, University of Frankfurt (1970)
    University: PhD, University of Stuttgart (1977)
    Professor: Physics, Columbia University (1998-)

    Nobel Prize for Physics 1998 (with Daniel C. Tsui and Robert B. Laughlin)
    Bell Laboratories Research Physicist (1977-98)
    National Academy of Sciences 1999
    German Ancestry
    Naturalized US Citizen


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