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Quantum Optics and Fundamental Physics

Institute for Experimental Physics

In the teams of the institute, we work on experimental quantum optics an on quantum metrology, a subfield of quantum technology. We investigate how we can prepare atoms and molecules in special states, primarily by means of lasers, and how to use the particles for addressing questions in fundamental physics.

These include:

How do atoms interact in highly excited states?
How can molecules with extremely low kinetic energy be produced?
What is the nature of dark matter?
Are there other forces besides the four known forces of nature?
Are the established symmetries exactly or only approximately valid?

Answering these questions requires, in particular, developing and refining new experimental techniques.

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