Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Mourou, and Donna Strickland Awarded 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics

Lasers and optical physics are back in focus after the 2018 Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded to Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Mourou, and Donna Strickland. The prize was awarded for work with lasers,  and optical tweezers.

Special congratulations and thanks from ColOpt to Arthur Ashkin as his pioneering work is on optomechanical forces and optomechanical trapping is central for our research interest.

For full details of the prize follow the links: Nobel Prize 2018 and the work are in the APS article: Focus: Nobel Prize—Lasers as Tools


ColOpt Science Day @ Glasgow Science Centre 15th September 2018

Our fifteen Researchers presented interactive experiments at the Glasgow Science Centre during our ColOpt science day on the 15th September 2018.

Dr Bunhead_ ColOpt Science Day

ColOpt colleagues at YAO 2018

Our colleague Robin Kaiser (INLN) was an invited speaker at YAO 2018, giving a presentation titled “Coherent Light scattering by cold atoms: from Anderson to
Dicke and back”.

Three ESRs were selected to present talks: Arthur Jungkind (UINN) Cavity QED in the blue detuned regime, Xiangliang Li ( ETHZ) Self organisation of Ultracold atoms in two crossed
cavities across the atomic resonance, and Francesco Castellucci ( UGLAS)Spatially dependent Electromagnetically Induced Transparency. While posters from Giuseppe Baio ( USTRAT) Optomechanical self-structuring of cold atoms involving orbital angular momentum & Adrián Costa-Boquete ( USTRAT) Self-organized spin and density ordering of cold atoms in cavities.

Workshop on Long-range Interactions and Synchronization May 28-31, 2018

The workshop on Long-range Interactions and Synchronization will take place in May, hosted by ICTP-SAIFR in São Paulo, Brazil
The workshop brings together statistical physicists and dynamical physicists to discuss common aspects of long-range and synchronizing systems, addressing both fundamental techniques (large deviations theory, kinetic theory, dimensional reduction, equilibrium and nonequilibrium statistical physical aspects, etc) and applications (networks, light-matter interactions, etc). Two colleagues from ColOpt are invited speakers Robin Kaiser (INLN) on Synchronization of cold atoms and Giovanna Morigi (USAAR) on Cavity quantum electrodynamics

Full details of the event are available on the organiser’s website:

Bad Honnef Physics School on Quantum Technologies, APPLICATION DEADLINE 30th APRIL 2018

5-10 August 2018
Physikzentrum, Bad Honnef, Germany

Application deadline is Monday, April 30, 2018.

Quantum technologies (QT) are expected to bring transformative innovation to science, economy and society. They emanate from basic research and require concerted efforts in education, theory and engineering to advance all of their application domains. The QT summer school aims at graduate students, PhDs, postdocs and people from industry with technical background. It offers an efficient, first-hand introduction into this exciting field and its current status in science and industry. All major areas of QT – quantum communication, simulation, computation, metrology and sensing – will be presented by leaders in their respective field, with emphasis on those who are particularly strong in Germany. In addition, start-ups and established companies will present their vision of what will enable QT and of what QT can achieve. The participants will have the opportunity to present their own work in the form of posters.

* Oliver Benson
* Dmitry Budker
* Christian Groß
* Rudolf Gross
* Fedor Jelezko
* Carsten Klempt
* Christoph Marquardt
* Peter Michler
* Thomas Monz
* Giovanna Morigi
* Tracy Northup
* Markus Oberthaler
* Gerhard Rempe
* Piet Schmidt
* Ferdinand Schmidt-Kaler
* Kilian Singer
* Jürgen Stuhler
* Harald Weinfurter
* Frank Wilhelm-Mauch

The application form is available at the Physics School website Application deadline is Monday, April 30, 2018.

200 € covering full board and lodging (100 € for members of the German Physical Society (DPG)).
The school is supported by the Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation.

The organizers: Jürgen Stuhler (TOPTICA), Piet Oliver Schmidt (PTB Braunschweig / U Hannover), Fedor Jelezko (U Ulm), Harald Weinfurter (LMU München), Stephan Ritter (TOPTICA)