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Quantum Dynamics & Control

Division Prof. Dr. Thomas Pfeifer

"Where motion comes to life”

Motion plays a pivotal role in life, the universe, and everything.

  • Why do things start to move?
  • How fast are the smallest movements?
  • When does quantum motion turn classically visible?
  • In what way can we steer movements?
  • What is time?

In our division's → research we use “fast” bright light and multi-dimensional measurement techniques to illuminate these and further questions evolving around the dynamical quantum world.

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Explosion in a biomolecule

When cells are exposed to ionising radiation, more destructive chain reactions may occur than previously thought. An international team led by…

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Quantum algorithms bring ions to a standstill

Laser beams can do more than just heat things up; they can cool them down too. That is nothing new for physicists who have devoted themselves to…

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MPIK twice among the finalists for “Breakthrough of the Year 2021“

Both the work on coherent control of nuclear excitations with suitably shaped X-ray light and the new method for sympathetic laser cooling of protons…

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