New German-Japanese Cooperation for Highest Precision
MPG-PTB-RIKEN Centre for Time, Constants and Fundamental Symmetries
In the new MPG-PTB-RIKEN Centre for Time, Constants and Fundamental Symmetries, experimental physicists with a passion for precision will jointly tackle forefront topics in fundamental physics such as the question for the constancy in time of natural constants or the subtle differences between matter and antimatter. This new initiative started on January 1, 2019; the official opening ceremony will be on April 8, 2019 at RIKEN in Tokyo, Japan.
Partners are the Max Planck Institutes for Nuclear Physics (MPIK, divisions Blaum and Pfeifer) and of Quantum Optics (MPQ, division Hänsch, Udem), the National Metrology Institute of Germany (Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, PTB) with two departments and the QUEST institute (Peik and Schmidt) as well as RIKEN with two research groups (Katori and Ulmer). The scientific activities will be coordinated at MPIK. The three partners agreed to fund the MPG-PTB-RIKEN Centre in equal amounts with overall about 7.5 million Euro for five years.