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Humboldt Research Fellowship for MPL postdoc

Dr Bharath Srivathsan is Humboldt Research Fellowship holder at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light and at the Chair of Experimental Physics at Erlangen University. (Copyright: Selda Müller / MPL)

Bharath Srivathsan is a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Erlangen (MPL) who was recently awarded a Humboldt Research Fellowship. With this Humboldt scholarship especially for postdocs, he is now researching both at the MPL and at the Chair of Experimental Physics of the Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU).

The ability to precisely control the interaction between light and atoms is a prerequisite for advancing quantum technology. The long-term goal of many scientists is to build quantum computers that exceed the power of today's computer generations many times over. In this field Dr. Bharath Srivathsan works in the "Optics & Information" division under Max Planck Director Gerd Leuchs. His research focuses on experimental quantum optics, the interplay between light and atoms, and quantum information. "The aim of the project is to see how efficiently one can couple light and a single atom," Srivathsan explains. "The holy grail would be to use just a single photon to bring an atom from its ground state to its excited state.” 

The Humboldt Foundation grants Humboldt Research Fellowships annually to researchers from abroad with above average qualifications who are at the beginning of their academic careers and completed their doctorate not more than four years previously. With the Humboldt Research Fellowship for postdoctoral students, they have the possibility to carry out a self-chosen, long-term research project (6-24 months) in cooperation with a scientific host of their own choice at a research institution in Germany.


Further information

Research group 4piPAC

Leuchs Division



Dr Bharath Srivathsan