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Lucia received her PhD in physics from the Technical University of Munich, Germany in 2009. After finishing her doctoral research at the Walter Schottky Institute for fundamental research in semiconductor electronics, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher for the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids in Dresden, Germany. She joined the Aronson group at Brookhaven National Laboratory in January 2014.
Her research interests evolved from novel one-dimensional states along MBE corner-overgrown quantum Hall line junctions to magnetic and multipolar phases in rare-earth intermetallic compounds, and later to magnetism and quantum criticality in transition-metal based compounds. She now hopes to complete the phase transition from semiconductors over metals to the discovery of new superconductors.
A native of Germany, she moved to the United States on a cargo ship, to experience how far away from home she really was. Having to leave her beloved sailplane behind, she is now spending more time on the water than in the air. She wants to learn sailing a boat and to improve her kayaking skills beyond the “half roll”.