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Monika Aidelsburger launches new W2 research group „Engineered Quantum Systems“ at MPQ

She is an internationally renowned expert in controlled quantum systems and quantum simulators with ultracold atoms in optical lattices, and will now continue and expand her successful research at MPQ. We are delighted to have you back at MPQ, Monika! more

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

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

The MPQ student lab wins a Lela Prize

With the experiment "Lecker im Licht", the school laboratory at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics has won the first prize of LernortLabor, the federal association of school laboratories. The course explains both the phenomena of light and the psychology behind lighting and colour vision. Congratulations to PhotonLab on the award! more


On 28 January 2023, the MPQ opened its doors to the regional competition of the German Young Physicists’ Tournament (GYPT). The participants gave short presentations explaining different physics problems that they had selected in advance and investigated theoretically and experimentally over several weeks. Six of the twelve participants qualified for the next stage, the national competition in Bad Honnef at the beginning of March. more

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