Official take-off for the Institute of Quantum Technologies

Quantum technologies may shape the future of our planet in many ways, affecting the way we communicate, the questions we pose, and the answers we give. Already now, quantum effects provide the highest precision for a number of applications in metrology and sensing. So the time has come to transfer this knowledge from fundamental research to industrial applications.

This is a key challenge, and starting with today’s official inauguration the Institute of Quantum Technologies is joining in to bridge the gap. To achieve this goal, we work in close cooperation with industry and universities on several topics to bring quantum technologies to a prototype stage. Whatever the future may bring, I’m thrilled to make it a bit more quantum.

A trailer showcasing the different departments of the institute can be found here.

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The morphology of doubly-clamped graphene nanoribbons

When you pull at the two ends of a scarf, folds start to build up in the fabric. When you do the same for a ribbon made of single-layer graphene, you get folds, scrolls or just a flat membrane. How these processes depend on the dimensions of the nanoribbons is discussed in our latest publication.

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Section Editor for Data in Brief

With the beginning of this year, I’ll work as a Section Editor for “Physics and Mathematics” at Data in Brief.

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Paper on Bragg diffraction selected as Editor’s Suggestion

Our paper on Bragg diffraction was selected as Editor’s Suggestion by Phys. Rev. Lett. and featured in a Synpsios in Physics.

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Bragg diffraction of large organic molecules

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Bragg diffraction is one of the main techniques used to split and recombine atomic matter-waves. In our latest publication we transfer this technique to complex and internally hot molecules. Why this is a big step towards more efficient beam splitters and mirrors is explained here.

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Publication in Optics Express

Our manuscript on measuring laser beam profiles using a cut multi-mode fiber was published in Optics Express.

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New preprint on a fiber-based beam profiler

How can you measure the width of a high-power laser 100 ┬Ám away from a mirror in ultra-high vacuum? Find the answer here!

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Member of German Aerospace Center

After six very enjoyable and productive years in Vienna, I’m slowly preparing to head off for new shores to start an independent research group. This will be part of the newly-established Institute of Quantum Technologies, which is in turn part of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). The new institute is located in Ulm, so just a few hundred kilometers along the Danube. In the next few months I’ll continue planning my new lab before moving to Ulm completely by the end of the year.

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Editorial Board Member

Starting with the end of June, I’ll start serving the community as Editorial Board Member for Elsevier’s data journal “Data in Brief”. So if you have a set of data you want to share with others, this might be a way to go.

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Congratulations to Dr. Christian Knobloch

My dear friend and colleague Christian Knobloch successfully defended his thesis on “Coherent matter-wave manipulation techniques” today! Hurra!

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