Achim Gädke

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Research Interests

My research interests lie in improving Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) instrumentation at all levels, ie:
  • protocols,
  • data processing,
  • electronics,
  • software, and
  • user interfaces.

My main project is the DArmstadt MAgnetic Resonance Instrument Software (DAMARIS).

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For a list of my recent publications, please see the Publications Database.

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I studied physics at the University of Cologne (Germany). In parallel I also worked at the Centre for Applied Informatics Cologne on the followings:
  • object oriented development (C++),
  • implementation of algorithms (Hidden Marcov Models),
  • graphical user interfaces (Python), and
  • system administration for UNIX compute servers.

My final year project took a new direction when I joined, in 2002, the physics work group of Prof Fujara in Darmstadt.

In 2003 I started a PhD in the nuclear magnetic resonance work groups of Prof Nestle and of Prof Fujara. Following up the research on MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) micro imaging, I investigated the influence of diffusion on periodically excited micron slabs. To compare the results quantitatively, the instrumentation had to be improved and simulations of the Bloch-Torrey PDE were performed. At the same time I renewed the NMR instrument controls for this lab, resulting in a larger software package called DArmstadt MAgnetic Resonance Instrument Software (DAMARIS), named after the city of Darmstadt in Germany.

I joined the school of Engineering and Computer Science as a post doctoral research fellow in June 2009. I work with Robin Dykstra on advanced NMR instrumentation.

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