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Claude Cohen Tannoudji

Prix Nobel en 1997 pour le ralentissement et le piégeage des atomes par la lumière laser.

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Centre for Quantum Engineering and Space-Time Research

QUEST concentrates on the advancement of quantum engineering and space-time research to gain a better understanding of the underlying physics and to improve or utilise resulting innovative methods in fundamental physics and applied fields. Accordingly, QUEST research activities concentrate on four areas ofresearch : Quantum Engineering, Quantum Sensors, Space-Time Physics, and Enabling Technologies.

QUEST is a cluster of excellence funded by the Gennan Science Foundation (DFG) wüh an annual budget of 6.5 M€ over aperiod offive years starting in November 2007. The funding is equally de­ voted to strengthen personal, equipment and related infrastructure. QUEST will apply for a renewal in 2012. If a second funding period is not granted by DFG, QUEST will be supported by the state of Lower Saxony to maintain personal infrastructure by an annual amount of approx. 1.6 ME.

QUEST comprises the expertise of six institutes at Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH) and five ex­ternal partners :

  • Institute of Quantum Optics (LUH)
  • Institute for Solid State Physics (LUH)
  • Institute for Applied Mathematics (LOO)
  • Institute for Theoretical Physics (LUH)
  • Institute of Geodesy (LUB)
  • Institute for Gravitational Physics (LUB)
  • Max-Planck-Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert-Einstein-Institute)
  • Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt Braunschweig
  • Center for Applied Space Technology and Microgravity (University ofBremen)
  • Lasercentre Hannover
  • Gravitational Wave Detector GE0600

IFRAF and QUEST maintain research activities in very similar fields covering cold atom physics, manipulation of atoms and photons, metrology, time standards and matter wave instruments for space experiments. They are quite similar in structure. Both of them have been identified as centres of excel­lence with research plans of high priority. The two centers have established a close and fruitful col­laboration and have already jointly organized six workshops involving young researchers. The director of QUEST (Wolfgang Ertmer) is a member of the IFRAF advisory committee and conversely the di­rector ofIFRAF (Micheie Leduc) is a member of the QUEST advisory committee.

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