The Institut für Quantenoptik focuses on applied and fundamental research in laser physics and the interaction of light and matter. The systems under investigation range from individual cold atoms and molcules all the way to living biological organisms, such as the eye.
The research takes place within five distinct research areas focussing on individual ascpects of the interaction of light and matter.
Atom Optics and Quantum Sensors
The inteaction between light and atomic samples is used to investigate and manipulate these building block of nature. This allows for deep insights in the quantum meachnis of these systems and allows for the contruction of sensors at the quantum limit. More
Molecules & Lasers
The focus of this research area is the description of the interaction between atoms and molecules. Both cold collisions of atoms as well as in binding properties of molecules can be related closely by molecular potentials. High precision spectroscopic experiments on particle beams enable the determination of these potentials with a higher resolution than in many other experiments. More
Ultrafast Laser Optics
By combining spectroscopic techniques with quantum logic methods developed for quantum computation with trapped ions, absolute frequency metrology and coherent control of many-level atoms and molecules is performed. This approach will allow us to improving current limits on fundamental constants and their temporal variation. More