PersonProf. Dr. rer. nat.
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Wolfgang Schulz studied physics at Braunschweig University of Technology. He graduated from the Institute for Theoretical Physics and received a postgraduate scholarship in 1986 on the topic of "Hot electrons in metals". In 1987, he accepted an invitation to the department Laser Technology at RWTH Aachen University. He received the "Borchers Medal" award in 1992 in recognition of his PhD thesis. In 1997, he joined the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology in Aachen and, in 1999, received the "Venia Legendi" in the field "Principles of Continuum Physics applied to Laser Technology". His postdoctoral lecture qualification (habilitation) was awarded with the prize of the Friedrich-Wilhelm Foundation at RWTH Aachen University. Since March 2005, he has represented the newly founded department "Nonlinear Dynamics of Laser Processing" at RWTH Aachen University and is the head of the newly founded department of "Modelling and Simulation" at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology in Aachen. Since 2007, he is the coordinator of the Excellence Cluster Domain "Virtual Production" at RWTH Aachen University.
Awards and Distinctions
1977 Matriculation Standard "with distinction"
1985 Diploma in Physics "with distinction"
1986 Awardee of postgraduate scholarship Program Lower Saxony
1992 PhD in Physics "with distinction", Borchers-Medal, RWTH Aachen University
1999 Habilitation "with distinction", Award of Friedrich-Wilhelm Foundation
Areas of Focus
His current work is focused on developing and improving laser systems and their industrial applications by combination of mathematical, physical and experimental methods. In particular, he applies the principles of optics, continuum physics and thermodynamics to analyse the phenomena involved in laser processing.
The mathematical objectives are modelling, analysis and dynamical simulation of Free Boundary Problems, which are systems of nonlinear partial differential equations. Analytical and numerical methods for model reduction are developed and applied. The mathematical analysis yield approximate dynamical systems with small dimension in the phase space and is based on asymptotic properties like the existence of inertial manifolds.