Research at the Institute of Quantum Optics focuses on highly controlled interaction of light and matter. Typical topics are the physics of ultracold quantum gases, quantum logic spectroscopy based on cooling and trapping of ions dealing with fundamental principles of physics, the physics of ultrashort laser pulses and the control of plasmas in the sub-femto region and applications of nonlinear optics in medical therapy and diagnostics. The institute also provides central parts of the education within the Bachelor and Master courses in physics and related topics.

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