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Joannis Koepsell wins the Theodor Hänsch PhD Award 2022

Joannis Koepsell, former PhD Candidate in the group of Immanuel Bloch, receives the award for his outstanding dissertation entitled “Quantum simulation of doped two-dimensional Mott insulators”. The prize is sponsored by the Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation, a private institution that supports scientific research and education with an emphasis on physics. The award is donated to the Faculty of Physics and is endowed with 4,000 euros. more

Immanuel Bloch honoured with “ZEISS Research Award”

Every two years, the optics enterprise ZEISS honours outstanding research achievements in the fields of optics and photonics with the "ZEISS Research Award". This year, the award goes to Prof. Dr. Immanuel Bloch – one of the world's leading minds in the development of experiments for quantum simulation with ultracold atoms. The price will be awarded in a gala event on the 26th of June in the Deutsches Museum in Munich.  more

Pascal Weckesser receives SAMOP Dissertation Prize of the German Physical Society

In his thesis he discovered tunable Feshbach resonances between atoms and ions for the first time. For this outstanding result the AMOP section of the German Physical Society awards Pascal Weckesser, Postdoctoral researcher at MPQ, their 2023 dissertation prize. 

MPQ congratulates Ferenc Krausz on the Frontiers of Knowledge Award

Along with two other researchers, Ferenc Krausz, Director and head of the Attosecond Physics Division at MPQ, receives the "Frontiers of Knowledge Award" in the basic sciences category. Since 2008, the Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) Foundation annually awards the prize in eight different categories. more

Theodor Hänsch receives honorary doctorate from ETH Zurich

On 19 November 2022, MPQ Director Theodor Hänsch received an honorary doctorate from ETH Zurich. The award honours “his outstanding scientific work that has had such a huge impact on the entire field of modern atomic and molecular physics, especially laser cooling of atoms, and laser-based precision spectroscopy." more

Kerry Vahala receives „MPQ Distinguished Scholar“ award

Kerry Vahala, Professor of Applied Physics at the renowned Caltech Institute in Pasadena, California, today receives the latest edition of the „MPQ Distinguished Scholar“ certificate. He receives the award in recognition of his "pioneering scientific work in the field of nonlinear optics and photonics with microresonators".  more

Immanuel Bloch named Clarivate Citation Laureate

Immanuel Bloch, Director at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, is one of 20 scientists to be named this year's Clarivate Citation Laureate. The award honours researchers whose work has been cited an exceedingly large number of times and is considered pioneering for a new area of research. more

Nathalie Picqué wins Falling Walls Award „Science Breakthrough of the Year”

In the category “Physical Sciences”, Nathalie Picqué has been chosen by an expert jury out of about 100 nominees, 30 international “Finalists” and 10 “Winners”. Nathalie Picqué is honored for her work on optical sensing with interfering rainbows of light waves. more

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