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<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>Graphs Go Quantum</span></span></span></span></span></span>

Physicists at MPQ have now succeeded for the first time in creating a ring-shaped and a tree-shaped graph state in an experiment for complex entanglement structures. This is a major breakthrough for the development of quantum computers or the quantum internet. In a future quantum internet, light quanta could thereby be entangled to form a quantum message that is much more stable against losses. 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

<span><span>Quantum systems out of equilibrium</span></span>

Theorists in the research group of Mari Carmen Bañuls at MPQ have come one step closer to understanding the evolution of quantum many body systems over time. In their work, recently published in the specialized journal Physical Review Letters, they formulated an algorithm to simulate the dynamics of quantum systems consisting of many particles out of equilibrium – a notoriously difficult task. 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

<span><span><span><span>Nathalie Picqué accepts dual appointment in Berlin</span></span></span></span>

Nathalie Picqué, a pioneer in dual-comb spectroscopy, has commenced a director position at the Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy (MBI) in Berlin, where she will establish the Division of Precision Physics. In addition, the researcher has accepted a tenured professorship at Humboldt University. more

<span><span><span><span><span><span>Ignacio Cirac receives honorary doctorate from the University of Nebrija</span></span></span></span></span></span>

His work on the principles and applications of quantum physics, such as in quantum information theory or the simulation of complex many-body systems, as well as his overall scientific achievements would contribute to revolutionising the world as we know it today, explained the university. It is the ninth honorary doctorate that Ignacio Cirac has been awarded to date. more

Women in Quantum Optics (New Video Portrait)

Happy International Women‘s Day - what‘s it like to be a women in physics or quantum optics today? In our newest video portrait, three of our young and aspiring female scientists – Maya Büki, Nathalie Lenke and Suchita Agrawal – take us with them into their life and research at MPQ and share some of their own experiences, backgrounds and perspectives.  more

Breakthrough in Ultraviolet Spectroscopy

Researchers have successfully developed a new technique for deciphering the properties of light and matter that can simultaneously detect and precisely quantify many substances with high chemical selectivity. Their technique interrogates the atoms and molecules in the ultraviolet spectral region at very feeble light levels - a breakthrough that paves the way for exciting new opportunities in photon-level diagnostics.  more

Vitaly Wirthl: Exploring ‘new physics’ in deuterium

The scientist from the Laser Spectroscopy division achieved unprecedented precision in measuring an energy transition in heavy hydrogen.The experimental physicist's work provides an important basis for future measurements in order to compare and test the theory of quantum electrodynamics. more

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