News from the Institute

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

<span><span><span><span><span><span>Ignacio Cirac elected as an international member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences</span></span></span></span></span></span>

Being elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences is regarded as one of the most distinguished honours a scientist can receive. While the majority of members hold U.S. citizenship, up to 30 international members are elected annually. NAS members are “charged with providing independent, objective advice on matters related to science and technology”. more

<span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Xinyu Luo receives ERC Consolidator Grant</span></span></span></span></span></span></span>

On the 1st of May 2024, a new independent research group “ultracold lithium-rubidium molecules” has started at MPQ. Dr. Xinyu Luo, research group leader in the quantum many body division, has been awarded the renowned ERC Consolidator Grant of two million Euros. With the funding, the researchers take on one of the central challenges of modern physics today – the creation and investigation of unconventional superfluids. more

Frozen yoghurt, roses and lasers - Girls' Day 2024 at the MPQ

A packed programme awaited this year's Girls' Day participants. In addition to talks by Dr Silke Stähler-Schöpf, head of the school laboratory, and PhD student Maya Büki, the day's main theme was "try it yourself". In the Photonlab school laboratory, the participants had a go at the various experiments and learnt about physical phenomena in a fun way - in particular, how lasers work, which play an important role in the institute's research. more

Thomas Udem wins ERC Advanced Grant of €2.5 million

Thomas Udem, group leader at the MPQ, has successfully acquired an ERC Advanced Grant with a volume of 2.5 million euros. He will use the funds to his project H-SPECTR to further advance precision experiments on the spectroscopy of atomic hydrogen and deuterium and thus gradually uncover new physics beyond the standard model. more

<span><span><span><span><span>Mari Carmen Bañuls accepts a permanent W2 position</span></span></span></span></span>

Dr Bañuls, group leader in the Theory Department at MPQ, has earned special recognition in her many years of excellent research of complex quantum systems, and is now starting her own W2 research group. Her research focuses on the development and application of tensor network methods for the numerical simulation of quantum many-body systems and quantum dynamic phenomena beyond equilibrium. more

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