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Here we cover all sorts of events and news from the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics

Max Planck-RIKEN-PTB: German-Japanese cooperation for highest precision extended

After a successful review, the German-Japanese Center for Time, Constants and Fundamental Symmetries (TCFS) can start its second term. It will continue to strengthen the collaboration among German and Japanese institutes to advance most sensitive instruments for fundamental measurements in atomic and nuclear physics, antimatter and dark matter research, quantum optics and metrology. more

Ferenc Krausz wins the Nobel Prize!

Ferenc Krausz, Director at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics and Professor at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, together with Pierre Agostini, Ferenc Krausz and Anne L'Huillier, has been honoured with the 2023 Nobel Prize in Physics. The Nobel Committee is honouring the two reserachers for the foundation of attosecond physics. An attosecond is a billionth of a billionth of a second. Laser pulses lasting only a few attoseconds can be used to track the movements of individual electrons. This provides fundamental... more

Final round of the Physics Olympiad at MPQ

From 11 to 16 April 2023, the 15 best physics students in all of Germany came together for the national final round of the Physics Olympiad. At the MPQ, they faced tricky theoretical and experimental tasks from all areas of physics and experienced a varied programme. The five best young talents will travel to Tokyo in July as the German national team and compete with young people from over 80 countries for Olympic medals. more

Second stage for quantum simulation project PASQuanS 

The European Quantum Flagship project PASQuanS continues. Led by Immanuel Bloch, 25 project partners from academia and industry will continue to cooperate intensively for another seven years to advance European quantum simulation capabilities. Their ambitious goal: developing large-scale programmable quantum simulators with up to 10,000 atoms... more

“Women in Quantum Optics” Postdoc Program is ready for take-off

The MPQ is launching the long-planned career initiative "Women in Quantum Optics" - WiQO for short - aimed at young female scientists in the quantum sciences. As part of the programme, female candidates will receive a two-year postdoctoral fellowship, as well as access to various training opportunities or coaching. more

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