The Stuttgart physicists Prof. Jörg Wrachtrup and Prof. Harald Gießen are cited in this year's list of "Highly Cited Researchers" and are thus among the world's top 1 percent of the most cited scientists. Both were able to repeat their success of the previous year. Wrachtrup is on the list of 20 publications in the field of physics and casting with 17 "highly cited papers" in physics and materials science (crossfield). Both researchers have three publications with more than 1,000 citations each, which have opened up entirely new fields of research. Also on the list is Prof. Jaya Narayan Sahu, who did research as a Humboldt Fellow at the Institute of Theoretical Chemistry at the University of Stuttgart during the evaluation period.
Publications are rated as "highly cited" if they are among the "top 1 percent" of the most cited publications in the respective discipline. Clarivate Analytics examines how often a publication is quoted in the publications of colleagues. This is considered to be the most important metric of a scientific work and thus also for the influence of the authors on their respective fields of expertise. In total, the highly cited researchers list includes 3,700 researchers from 21 disciplines, 327 of them in Germany.
Prof. Jörg Wrachtrup is head of the 3rd Physics Institute of the University of Stuttgart and works in the field of quantum technology. He is considered a pioneer in the field of optical properties of diamonds that can be used for quantum sensors. Prof. Harald Gießen, head of the 4th Physics Institute of the University of Stuttgart, conducts research in the field of ultrafast nanooptics. He is considered a pioneer of highly sensitive plasmonic sensors and the founder of 3D printed microoptics, which enables the smallest endoscopes in the world.