past events

Monday 13. April 2015

IMPRS get-together


Organisation: Ramin Beravat (MPL / Russell Division)

Talk: Fibre-optical black holes

Speaker: Maxime Jacquet (School of Physics and Astronomy, North Haugh, St Andrews, Scotland)

Place: MPL / Large seminar room (*435)


One of the most fascinating aspects of laser physics and light interaction with materials is the ability to reproduce the features of completely different (and sometimes more complicated) systems. With this idea in mind, I will be studying the realization of an optical analogue to a Black Hole in the laboratory. 
More precisely, the leading idea of my project is to look for an electric radiation: the so named Unruh-Hawking radiation. This is, in terms of general relativity, the blackbody spectrum of the black hole. Its essential ingredients are a quantum field (electromagnetic field) and an event horizon associated with a curved space-time. As the radiation will probably never be observed directly from a gravitational black hole (due to its low temperature of about 1nK for a solar-mass black hole), the creation of an optical analogue to this phenomenon is a legitimate idea.

Thursday 29. January 2015

IMPRS get-together


Organisation: Georg Epple (MPL / Russell Division)

Talk: Coherent control of strongly interacting Rydberg gases in thermal vapor cells

Speaker: Dr. Harald Kübler (University of Stuttgart)

Place: MPL / Large seminar room (*435)

Thursday 22. January 2015

MPL Distinguished Lecturer Series
From electric quantum walks to the quest for exactly two interacting quantum atoms



Prof. Dieter Meschede (Universität Bonn)


MPL / large seminar room (*435)


Neutral atoms walking in a deep optical lattice (discrete quantum walks) are exploring a very large Hilbert space with spatial quantum coherence now preserved over 50 quantum sites and more in our laboratory. This situation allows to conquer new territory: With electric quantum walks momentum-space phenomena such as Bloch oscillations or Anderson like localization are realized in a single experiment, and a step towards quantitatively testing the “quantumness” at ever more macroscopic levels can be taken. Controlled interaction of exactly two atoms in such situations remains a daunting but highly attractive experimental challenge. We are zeroing in.

Thursday 11. December 2014

IMPRS get-together


Place: MPL / Large seminar room (*435)

Organisation: David Davtyan (MPL / Russell Division)

Talk: to be announced

Speaker: Andreas Schell (Humboldt-Universität, Berlin)

Thursday 27. November 2014

IMPRS get-together


Place: MPL / Large seminar room (*435)

Organisation: Wenbin He (MPL / Russell Division)

Talk: Ultrafast fiber lasers: basics, achievements and perspectives

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Jens Limpert (Institute of Applied Physics, University of Jena)

Friday 21. November 2014

International Feofilov School for Young Scientists - Spectroscopy of activated photonic materials


Organisation: Saint-Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (ITMO University)

Place: St. Petersburg, Russia

Deadline for abstracts: October 31

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Thursday 20. November 2014

MPL Distinguished Lecturer Series
Quantum optics with cold atoms



Prof Peter Zoller (Institut für Quantenoptik und Quanteninformation, Innsbruck)


MPL / large seminar room (*435)


To be announced

Monday 22. September 2014

IMPRS annual meeting


Place: Gasthof zur Post, Egloffstein

Invited Speakers: Monika Ritsch-Marte, Markus Aspelmeyer, Kobus Kuipers, Michael Downer

Block Lectures: Stephan Götzinger, Frank Vollmer

Other: Panel discussion, poster session, student talks

For more information: Flyer and programme



Thursday 18. September 2014

Visions in Science
Bridge the Gap


"World leading scientists presenting and discussing their personal VISIONS IN SCIENCE with the audience in an informal atmosphere."


Organisation: Max Planck PhD net

Place: Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology

Registration opening: May 1st

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Tuesday 16. September 2014

Okinawa School in Physics: Coherent Quantum Dynamics 2014


Place: Onna-son (island of Okinawa), Japan

Deadline for applications: May 1st, 2014

For more information:

The study of quantum coherent dynamics is currently one of the most active and exciting areas in physics. It holds the promise for the development of new technologies (quantum computing, quantum metrology,...) and, at the same time, has already delivered insights into the foundations of quantum mechanics. Its fast moving pace, in both theory and experiment, has attracted many young researchers and summer schools have become an integral part of the education and networking of students.

The school will consist of lectures delivered by international experts on fundamental problems of the area.  These will be supplemented by accessible presentations (colloquia) on cutting-edge research problems.  Additionally, we will organise problem solving sessions, which are partly tutorial style and partly open-ended, and two sessions on (English language) presentation skills. All participants will be required to present a poster based on their current research.