Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics

Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics
Hans-Kopfermann-Straße 1, 85748 Garching bei München
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Location: Garching
Affiliation: Max Plank Society

The work of the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics focuses on investigating the quantum world with laser light. The physicists employ complex facilities comprising many optical components, such as mirrors and lenses, to trap and manipulate systems of quantum particles right down to individual atoms or molecules. They are thus laying the foundations for the quantum computers of the future, at the same time gaining insight into new types and exotic states of quantum matter. By generating ultra-short and high-intensity flashes of light the scientists can observe and control the motion of electrons in atoms. These experiments pave the way for extremely fast electronics and new types of radiation sources for medical diagnostics and therapy.

Research Focus

  • Quantum Many Body Systems
  • Theory
  • Laser Spectroscopy
  • Attosecond and High-field Physics
  • Quantum Dynamics

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