University of Tübingen

Description of the Institution

The University of Tübingen is one of Europe’s oldest universities, founded in 1477. It has currently a student population of 28,500; 450 professors and more than 4,000 academic staff. In 2012 Tübingen rose to one of the 11 German universities ranked “excellent” in the German Excellence Initiative and has maintained the status in 2019. The University collaborates with non-university research institutions and follows an ambitious development path set out in the institutional strategy “Research – Relevance – Responsibility”.
The Department of Physics is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Science and plays a key role in teaching and research. The Department has undergone intense developments over the past 10 years, which set benchmarks by the establishment of three key research areas: Astro- and Particle Physics, Quantum Science and Bio-Nanophysics. Moving away from a former four-institute structure, the new thematically focused activities in research and teaching are grouped in the Kepler Center for Astro- and Particle Physics (9 professorships), the Center for Quantum Science (8 professorships in physics and 2 in mathematics) and a section focused on Bio- and Nano-Physics (7 professorships).

Description of Main Tasks and Participants’ Profile

The theorists of EKUT comprise internationally competitive expertise in the physics of open interacting quantum systems, coupled light and atom networks as well photon non-linearities induced by strongly interacting Rydberg atoms. All these aspects are directly related to the proposed research conducted within ErBeStA. The role EKUT is to perform analytical and numerical calculations that support the experimental efforts, e.g. the determination of coupling efficiencies between atoms and waveguide/fibre-photons as well as the non-linear response of Rydberg ensembles. This feeds into the development of new optical devices. EKUT furthermore perceives and analyses feedback protocols for the creation of correlated light matter dynamics and the realization of entangled atomic and photonic states. All these undertakings benefit not only from the theoretical expertise available at Nottingham, but also from the ample experience of EKUT researchers in collaborating with experimental groups.

Leading Researchers

  • Prof. Dr. Igor Lesanovsky
    Principal Investigator
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