17 December 2021

Farsane Tabataba-Vakili​

Dr. Farsane Tabataba-Vakili​ - LMU Munich

1. Briefly describe your current position, research focus, and your role within MCQST.

I’m a postdoc in the Nanophotonics group of Alex Högele since a bit more than a year and I received an MCQST Distiniguished Postdoc Fellowship this year. I study the light-matter interaction in transition metal dichalcogenides – two-dimensional semiconductors – with a focus on polariton devices in cryogenic optical spectroscopy


2. Could you tell us more about your interest in arts?

I have painted with acrylics since I was 14 years old. Mainly landscapes and these days not very frequently, but in the past couple years, I have also painted both my PhD and my postdoc project and these paintings hang in the offices of my PhD and postdoc advisors, respectively.​

3. Why did you choose your field of research/what keeps you motivated?

I got into the field of semiconductor optoelectronics by chance as a Bachelor student and stuck with it because it’s very interesting. After my PhD, I finally switched the material system to something new and exciting – transition metal dichalcogenides, and I switched my focus from fabrication to spectroscopy. I would say there are three things that keep me motivated on a daily basis: 1) having fun, 2) learning new skills, and 3) understanding new data.​

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