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Exploring new worlds

Physicist Immanuel Bloch is awarded the Clarivate Citation Laureate for his pioneering work in the field of quantum simulation. In this article, he talks about his recent visit to Google, his motivations and his enthusiasm for teaching, and many other things. (A portrait by Hubert Filser, LMU) 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

Christina Hofer optimises method for measuring ultrashort light pulses, breaking previous records<br /> 

Christina Hofer, who first joined the MPQ as a working student, has completed her doctorate. She will continue her research as a postdoctoral student at the University of British Columbia. Congratulations! more

Entangled photons tailor-made

In order to effectively use a quantum computer, a larger number of specially entangled basic building blocks are needed to carry out computational operations. A team of physicists at MPQ has now for the very first time demonstrated this task with photons emitted by a single atom. Following a novel technique, the researchers generated up to 14 entangled photons in an optical resonator, which ... more

Pumping up the music of molecules

Laser physicists from the attoworld team at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität and the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics have used an optical resonator to amplify the characteristic vibrations of molecules excited by laser pulses in such a way that their identification becomes possible even at very low concentrations. more

How Munich-based start-up planqc wants to be the first to build quantum computers with thousands of qubits

Can a start-up stand a chance against Google or IBM in the race for operable quantum computers? It certainly can. Because so far it is not clear which technology platform will prevail... more

A nanokelvin microwave freezer for molecules

Researchers at MPQ have developed a novel microwave cooling technique for molecular gases. It enables polar molecules to be cooled down to a few nanokelvin, 21 billionths of a degree above absolute zero. In doing so, they set a new low-temperature record and pave the way for new forms of quantum matter that were previously not experimentally accessible. more

Photographing a light helix

With their newly developed "nanoTIPTOE" technique, physicists from the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics and the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, in cooperation with Stanford University, have managed for the first time to record a helical light field on shortest time and length scales. more

Ignacio Cirac receives honorary doctorate from the University of A Coruña

As one of the leading experts for quantum information, MPQ Director Ignacio Cirac has received an honorary doctorate from the University of À Coruña. He was nominated by the Chemistry Department of the Faculty of Natural Sciences. Thanks to his pioneering work in quantum physics, ... more

MPQ scientists start planqc to build highly scalable quantum computer

In a first round of funding, the founders of the start-up just received 4.6 million euros. With this funding, planqc will develop a highly scalable quantum computer operating at room temperature and based on atoms trapped in optical lattices... more

Topological phase detected in spin chains

In a special arrangement of atomic spins, Max Planck physicists have measured the properties of the so-called Haldane phase in an experiment. To do so, they used a quantum mechanical trick. more

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