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Semiconductor Physics Group


Wladislaw completed his A-levels at the Holbein-Gymnasium in Augsburg, Germany. He did the Bachelor's degree in Physics at the University of Augsburg, where he studied the interaction of surface-acoustic waves with two-dimensional layers of transition metal dichalcogenides. At the Walter Schottky Institute of the Technical University of Munich Wladislaw completed his Master studies, where he studied photoluminescence of InGaAs quantum dots, with the idea of using trapped charges in them as qubits. His PhD studies in Physics he has done at the Cavendish Laboratory, investigating the interaction of Terahertz radiation with semiconductor nanostructures and quantum systems. Currently, he is a Junior Research Fellow at Trinity College, working in the Semiconductor Physics Group.

Research Interests

Terahertz radiation, semiconductors, quantum dots, two-dimensional electron gases, photoluminescence spectroscopy, low-temperature physics, novel materials, surface acoustic waves

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Short biography

1997: Born in Regensburg, Germany

2012: A-levels at the Holbein Gymnasium in Augsburg, Germany

2015: Bachelor of Science at the University of Augsburg, Germany

2017: Master of Science at the Technical University of Munich, Germany

2017-2021: PhD studies in the Semiconductor Physics Group

2021: Research Assistant, Semiconductor Physics Group

2021-now: Junior Research Fellow, Trinity College


2011-2012: Participation in the Programme Jugend Aktiv (“Youth is active”)

2011-2012: Scholarship “Talent im Land – Bayern” (“Talent in the country – Bavaria”;

2012: Award DMV-Abiturpreis 2012, one-year long royalty-free membership in the Association of German Mathematicians in honour of outstanding results in the Abitur mathematics exam

2012: One-year long royalty-free membership in the German Physical Society in honour of very good school achievements in physics

2012: Rudolf Diesel Medal of the Diesel-Kuratorium of the Deutsches Institut für Erfindungswesen e.V. (D.I.E.) and of the Holbein-Gymnasium in Augsburg for the scientific term paper in chemistry (

2012-2013: Scholarship “Max-Weber-Programm Bayern” (Max-Weber-Programme Bavaria)

2013-2015: Scholarship “Deutschlandstipendium” (German national scholarship)

2016-2017: Scholarship “Deutschlandstipendium” (German national scholarship)

2018: Award “Best graduate of the Technical University of Munich in the Master programme Physics in the year 2017”

2017-2020: Full scholarship “Honorary Vice-Chancellor's Award” of the Cambridge Trust, University of Cambridge

2017-2021: Full scholarship “George and Lillian Schiff Studentship”, University of Cambridge

2021-2025: Junior Research Fellowship, Trinity College, University of Cambridge (


Key publications: 
  • W. Michailow, P. Spencer, N.W. Almond, S.J. Kindness, R. Wallis, T.A. Mitchell, R. Degl'Innocenti, S.A. Mikhailov, H.E. Beere, D.A. Ritchie, “An in-plane photoelectric effect in two-dimensional electron systems for terahertz detection”, Science Advances 8, eabi8398 (2022);
  • S.J. Kindness, N.W. Almond, W. Michailow, B. Wei, L. Jakob, K. Delfanazari, P. Braeuninger-Weimer, S. Hofmann, H.E. Beere, D.A. Ritchie, R. Degl'Innocenti, “Graphene-Integrated Metamaterial Device for All-Electrical Polarization Control of Terahertz Quantum Cascade Lasers”, ACS Photonics 6, 1547 (2019);
  • W. Michailow, F. Schülein, B. Möller, E. Preciado, A. Nguyen, G. von Son, J. Mann, A. Hörner, A. Wixforth, L. Bartels, and H. Krenner, “Combined electrical transport and capacitance spectroscopy of a MoS2 – LiNbO3 field effect transistor”, Applied Physics Letters 110, 023505 (2017)
  • E. Preciado, F.J.R. Schülein, A.E. Nguyen, D. Barroso, M. Isarraraz, G. von Son, I-H. Lu, W. Michailow, B. Möller, V. Klee, J. Mann, A. Wixforth, L. Bartels, H.J. Krenner: “Scalable fabrication of a hybrid field-effect and acousto-electric device by direct growth of monolayer MoS2/LiNbO3”, Nature communications 6, 8593 (2015);


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Teaching and Supervisions


Winter term 2014/15: “Mathematical Concepts I” (Univ. of Augsburg)

Winter term 2015/16: “Mathematics Preparation Course” (Univ. of Augsburg)

Easter-Lent 2018: “Quantum Condensed Matter Physics” (Part II, Cavendish Laboratory)

Michaelmas 2019: “Electrodynamics and Optics” (Part II, Cavendish Laboratory)

Junior Research Fellow
Trinity College
Cavendish Laboratory
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Contact Details

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Mott Building
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