<span><span><span><span>Vitaly Wirthl receives this year‘s Theodor Hänsch Dissertation Prize</span></span></span></span>

The physicist from the Department of Laser Spectroscopy at MPQ has measured electronic transitions in deuterium with unprecedented precision. The prize, named after the Nobel Prize winner and pioneer of laser spectroscopy, honours particularly outstanding and ground-breaking dissertations in the field of physics. In his work, Vitaly Wirthl succeeded in measuring a specific energy transition in deuterium, the heavy hydrogen, more precisely than ever before. more

<span><span><span><span><span>Nathalie Picqué wins the William F. Meggers Award</span></span></span></span></span>

The experimental physicist receives the distinction for her pioneering work in molecular spectroscopy with interfering frequency combs. Named in honour of the eponymous scientist’s contributions to spectroscopy and metrology, the William F. Meggers Award was established in 1970 by Optica. Nathalie Picqué was presented with the award on 7 May 2024 at the CLEO Conference in Charlotte (NC), USA. more

<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 as 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>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

Ferenc Krausz receives the Bavarian Maximilian Order

Ferenc Krausz, Director at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics and Chairholder at the Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, receives the prestigious Maximilian Order. Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder presented Ferenc Krausz with the Order on 6 February 2024 at the Bavarian State Chancellery. more

Stern Gerlach Medal for Immanuel Bloch

Immanuel Bloch, Scientific Director at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics  and Chairholder at the Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, has been awarded the prestigious Stern Gerlach Medal from the German Physical Society (DPG). The award – the highest accolade issued by the DPG for achievements in the field of experimental physics – recognises his ground-breaking research on quantum simulations with ultracold atoms in optical lattices. more

Nathalie Picqué wins the Grand Prix Cécile DeWitt-Morette

The experimental physicist receives the award for her significant contributions in the field of dual-comb interferometry. The research prize, established in memory of phycisist and mathematician Cécile Morette-DeWitt, is presented annually by the French Academy of Sciences. The award ceremony took place on 17 October under the famed cupola of the Institut de France. more

Ignacio Cirac receives first La Vanguardia Prize - presented by the King of Spain

On 19 September, Ignacio Cirac, Director of the Theory Department at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, received the first La Vanguardia Prize in the category "Innovation", which the Spanish daily by the same name awarded for the first time on the occasion of its 142nd anniversary in 2023. The prize was ceremoniously presented to him by Spain's King Felipe VI, who graced the event together with his wife, Queen Letizia. more

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