Currently, five different research areas are established in our institute, all in pursuit of the mysterious interplay of matter and light. Quantum Dynamics works with single photons and atoms – building blocks for future quantum computers. Theorists, on the other side, calculate concepts of how quantum bits can transmit and encrypt information – bugproof. Scientists of the Quantum Many-Body Systems Group investigate the peculiar characteristics of ultracold quantum gases and new phases of matter. Our Laboratory for Attosecond Physics creates some of the world’s shortest light flashes so they can observe tiny almost unperceivable motions in the microcosmos, like electrons moving around. All along these others our Laser Spectroscopy group measures spectral lines of hydrogen in the most precise way, testing provocative thoughts against all we know, even the commonly agreed constants of nature.

Research Areas at the MPQ

Currently, five different research areas are established in our institute, all in pursuit of the mysterious interplay of matter and light. Quantum Dynamics works with single photons and atoms – building blocks for future quantum computers. Theorists, on the other side, calculate concepts of how quantum bits can transmit and encrypt information – bugproof. Scientists of the Quantum Many-Body Systems Group investigate the peculiar characteristics of ultracold quantum gases and new phases of matter. Our Laboratory for Attosecond Physics creates some of the world’s shortest light flashes so they can observe tiny almost unperceivable motions in the microcosmos, like electrons moving around. All along these others our Laser Spectroscopy group measures spectral lines of hydrogen in the most precise way, testing provocative thoughts against all we know, even the commonly agreed constants of nature.
In Quantum Optics, we investigate two columns of nature: matter and light, and how they interact with each other. For our research we create extreme conditions like the coldest temperatures existent in the universe or the shortest pulses of light known to mankind. They open our view to the exceptional, strange and baffling quantum mechanical phenomena visible in the microcosmos. Are they harbinger of a new form of physics? Will they flip our knowledge of nature upside down? Can they help designing the high technology of the future? All these questions are fuel to our search and constant curiosity.

 Quantum Optics – tracing a new form of physics?

In Quantum Optics, we investigate two columns of nature: matter and light, and how they interact with each other. For our research we create extreme conditions like the coldest temperatures existent in the universe or the shortest pulses of light known to mankind. They open our view to the exceptional, strange and baffling quantum mechanical phenomena visible in the microcosmos. Are they harbinger of a new form of physics? Will they flip our knowledge of nature upside down? Can they help designing the high technology of the future? All these questions are fuel to our search and constant curiosity.

News


An ultrafast glimpse of the photochemistry of the atmosphere

October 11, 2019

Members of the Laboratory for Attosecond Physics have explored the initial consequences of the interaction of light with molecules on the surface of nanoscopic aerosols.

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Modelling the molecular architecture

October 10, 2019

New approach for the simulation of quantum chemistry - a global team of scientists developed the first blueprint for precisely calculating the molecular chemistry using an analogue quantum simulator.

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First pictures of magnetic polarons now taken in Garching

September 05, 2019

Physicists from the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ) photographed the magnetic structure around a mobile charge carrier within a crystal lattice, so-called magnetic polarons, for the first time using a quantum simulator.

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Event Calender


Colloquia

Quantum Critical Metals

Nov 12, 2019 14:30
Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, Room: Herbert Walther Lecture Hall

A step for gauge fields in lattices and a twist by Dissipation ( Prof. Tilman Esslinger)

Nov 19, 2019 14:30
Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, Room: Herbert Walther Lecture Hall

Ultrafast road to extremely efficient chiral light matter interaction ( Prof. Olga Smirnova)

Nov 25, 2019 14:30
Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, Room: Herbert Walther Lecture Hall

 

Seminars

Ultrafast mid-infrared laser systems and broad-band precision molecular spectroscopy

Nov 13, 2019 14:00
Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik, Room: Herbert Walther Lecture Hall

 

Archive

Overview and previous seminars

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Public/Special Events

"Women in QST" (Series) - Building Google’s Quantum Computer, Dr. Marissa Giustina

Sep 13, 2019 11:00
Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, Room: Herbert Walther Lecture Hall

 

Recent Publications



Light Wave - Podcasts

A Podcast Series of and with student and senior researchers from the IMPRS-APS speaking with guests from all over the world about the physics of light.

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Photonworld

A platform for knowledge, interesting facts and science on the topic of light.

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