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Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership - Student Profiles



I studied physics and did a PhD in physics (experimental quantum optics) at the University of Tübingen in Germany. In this time, I became more and more interested in questions that concern physics but that are not widely discussed in physics itself, but in philosophy. Therefore, I studied philosophy (also in Tübingen) and I am now very excited to do my PhD in philosophy of science in Cambridge.


Other academic interests

Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Physics, Quantum Optics, Epistemology, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mathematics


Key publications: 

H. Tomczyk, D. Schmidt, Ch. Georges, S. Slama, und C. Zimmermann, Stability diagram of the collective atomic recoil laser
with thermal atoms, Phys. Rev. A. 91, 063837 (2015).

D. Schmidt, H. Tomczyk, S. Slama, und C. Zimmermann, Dynamical Instability of a Bose-Einstein Condensate in an Optical Ring Resonator, Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 115302 (2014).

H. Tomczyk, R. Maier, und C. Zimmermann, Determination of the 5p fine structure splitting of 6Li by light shift spectroscopy, Appl. Phys. B 107, 813 (2012).

Department: History and Philosophy of Science
Supervisor: Prof. Hasok Chang
College: Emmanuel College
AHRC subject area: Philosophy
Title of thesis: The Representational Role of Mathematical Formalisms
Dr Hannah  Tomczyk