Pfeiffer Vacuum welcomes Röntgen prize winner


The prestigious Röntgen Prize was awarded this year to Dr. Victoria Grinberg for her ground-breaking research in X-ray astronomy. Granted by the Justus Liebig University Giessen (JLU) in an academic ceremony on 25th November 2022, the €15,000 prize money was awarded to the Junior Research Group Leader of the Eberhard Karls University in Tubingen and Science Advocate of the ESA.

Awarded by the JLU since 1960, the prize was named in memory of Nobel Prize winner Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, who was a professor in Giessen from 1879 to 1888. The prize money was donated by Pfeiffer Vacuum (Pfeiffer) and the Ludwig Schunk Foundation.

Dubbed by JLU’s assessment panel as ‘an outstanding junior researcher in the field of X-ray astronomy, who has enormous development potential’, Grinberg studied physics at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, Germany before receiving a PhD in 2013 for her work on black holes.

Since then, she has focused on the investigation of stellar winds, an area in which x-ray binaries play a large role. Matter from a massive star is transferred via stellar winds to a compact star, such as a black hole, in whose accretion disk (a rotating disk that transports matter toward the centre) the X-rays develop.

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