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ICSSUR 2013

The 13th "International Conference for Squeezed States and Uncertainty Relations" (ICCSUR) took place from 24 to 28 June 2013 in Nürnberg. Many well-known researchers from all over the world participated in the conference, which was organised by FAU and Prof. Dr. Gerd Leuchs who is director at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light and holds a chair in experimental physics, especially optics, at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen. 210 participants were at the conference, among them two Nobel Prize winners. The ICCSUR conference series started in 1990 and was held in Germany for the first time.
The first invited speaker was Roy Glauber. His lecture was about “War time Los Alamos and the nuclear era”.

Glauber started studying physics at the age of 16 and was part of the research group at Los Alamos when he was 18 (1943-45). He shared his memories with the audience for 1,5 hours. Glauber is a pioneer in the field of quantum optics, one of the major topics of the conference. For his contribution to the quantum theory of optical coherence, which he published in 1963, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2005.

Another highlight was the lecture of the Nobel Prize winner of 2012, David Wineland. He talked about his work on "Quantum Clocks". An achievement that is for example important for the accuracy of navigation systems.