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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.