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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Education Worshop for Quantum Technologies

I’m currently at the first International Conference of the Quantum Technologies Flagship in Grenoble, France, and the atmosphere is quite remarkable. Everybody is in an enthusiastic mood and seems to buzz with excitement. This is especially true for the member of the Education Workshop. We met yesterday for the first time and already we have achieved so much. Many thanks to Oxana Mishina, Frank Wilhelm-Mauch and all other participants for all their work and dedication!

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Finding the ultimate grating for atomic matter-waves

What happens when you accelerate hydrogen atoms to a breathtaking velocity of 120’000 m/s and shoot them onto the thinnest membrane there is? You get an absolutely fascinating diffraction pattern! In our latest publication we theoretically describe what to expect and why this is the ultimate mechanical grating for atomic matter-waves. More information can be found here.

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Publication in Physical Review Letters

Our manuscript on preparing internally cold beams containing only a single molecular structure was published in Physical Review Letters.

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Meet us at the “Lange Nacht der Forschung” in Vienna

On the 13.th of April the “Lange Nacht der Forschung” (long night of research) will give everybody a great opportunity to get an idea about science and research made in Austria. Our contribution will be presented at the “Altes AKH” in Vienna where we are part of the team from the Vienna Doctoral Program of Complex Quantum Systems (COQUS). If you are around, please come by and discuss with us! The official program can be found here.

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Spring meeting of the DPG in Erlangen

I just spend a very nice and inspriring week at the spring meeting of the German Physical Society in Erlangen, Germany. It’s great to come together with some many people, discuss in a very informal setting and make new connections you never thought of before.

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Visit at Center for Free-Electron Laser Science in Hamburg

Last week I spend two very exciting days in the group of Jochen Küpper at the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science, which is at the Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron in Hamburg, Germany. It’s amazing to take a look at research done in these large facilities with unique equipment like a free electron laser.

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Matter-waves III

In this post we take a look at THE  prerequisite for matter-wave optics: how to make a particle behave like a wave.

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