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Quantum Physicist Jens Eisert Receives European Research Council Grant

Theoretical physics professor at Freie Universität Berlin receives ERC Advanced Grant for his work on quantum computers Physicist Professor Jens Eisert from Freie Universität Berlin’s Dahlem Center for Complex Quantum Systems has once again received a grant from the European Research Council (ERC). The ERC Advanced Grant will provide more than 1.8 million euros worth of funding for his research project “DebuQC,” which will run for the next five years. This is the third ERC grant that Professor Eisert has been awarded. The professor for theoretical quantum physics and his team are looking to answer some of the most pressing research questions surrounding quantum technology, as well as to explore the limits of this promising technology. ERC Advanced Grants provide support for well-established, prominent researchers who are looking to explore new fields of study.

Mar 30, 2023

Superconducting diode effect with a single magnetic atom

Superconducting diodes are regarded as promising future electronic devices. In a joint work, the groups of Katharina Franke and Felix von Oppen were able to realize a remarkably simple model system in which they could observe and explain the superconducting diode effect. The work was published in Nature .

Mar 15, 2023

Sustainability at the Department of Physics at Freie Universität Berlin

The Department of Physics adopted its sustainability agenda on February 1, 2023. The agenda was developed in a participatory process by the Sustainability Working Group. The document proposes a number of measures ranging from the design of new interdisciplinary courses dealing with sustainability issues to the calculation of the department's carbon footprint and the reduction of official air travel.

Feb 20, 2023

New Scientific Finding: Light Can Be Used to Control Molecular Handedness

Research group of Prof. Dr. Christiane Koch took part in a new study on chiral molecules recently published in "Science Advances"

Dec 12, 2022

New research group: "Ultrafast Dynamics in Nanomaterials" of Prof. Dr. Hélène Seiler

Warm welcome to Dr. Hélène Seiler who has accepted a W1-W2 tenure track position at the Freie Universität Berlin. The new research group will focus on the development and use of ultrafast methods to characterize nanomaterials of relevance for devices such as solar cells, LEDs and lasers.

Nov 08, 2022

Experimental Physicist Robert Bittl Receives ERC Synergy Grant

European Research Council grants international research team almost nine million euro.

Oct 25, 2022

A step towards the Quantum Internet: Building networks from quantum-memory satellites

Quantum physicists from an inter-institutional project around Prof. Jens Eisert (Freie Universität Berlin) were able to show that information transfer could indeed take place over intercontinental distances with the help of quantum memory satellites and with a quantum repeater strategy. The results of the work were published in "Nature: Communication Physics." The members of the Dahlem Center for Complex Quantum Systems who have contributed to the work are Julius Wallnöfer, Frederik Hahn, Fabian Wiesner, Nathan Walk and Jens Eisert.

Aug 31, 2022

Long Night of Sciences 2022

The joy of reunion and new insights into physics On July 2, 2022, the Department of Physics opened its doors to the public and all those interested in physics. For the "Long Night of the Sciences" 2022 physicists offered an exciting program to more than one thousand guests.

Jul 08, 2022

Athletic performance and team spirit at the Campus Run and Summer Party

True to the motto "Mens sana in corpore sano", physicists showed at the Campus Run 2022 that they excel not only academically but in athletics, too. With 23 runners, the "PhysRunners" team was the second largest at the university.

Jun 24, 2022

Nano Science in Dahlem: SupraFAB research building opened

A new research building SupraFAB, "Supramolecular Functional Architectures at Biological Interfaces", was ceremonially opened on the Dahlem campus of Freie Universität Berlin on May 30, 2022. Several physics research groups (Reich, Franke, Bolotin, Heberle and Kozuch) will move into the new sustainable building at Altensteinstraße 23a in the coming months.

Jun 07, 2022

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Simonsohn deceased

The Department of Physics at Freie Universität Berlin mourns the passing of Professor Dr. Gerhard Simonsohn, who died on May 29, 2022, at the age of 97.

May 30, 2022

Physics students of the Freie Universität Berlin are in the international top 5

Our students won this year's "German Physicists' Tournament" and took fifth place in the "International Physicists' Tournament 2022".

May 20, 2022

Kick-off Event of the Einstein Research Unit

On May 12, 2022, about twenty quantum physics research groups from Berlin met for a kick-off event at the Harnack House in Berlin-Dahlem. The research groups are part of the Einstein Research Unit "Perspectives of a quantum digital transformation: Near-term quantum computational devices and quantum processors". Within the Berlin University Alliance, the researchers set out jointly to understand the precise computational power of near-term quantum devices and to devise building blocks for quantum processors. Prof. Dr. Jens Eisert is the speaker of the ERU.

May 13, 2022

Our master's double degree program in physics receives further support from the Franco-German University

Since 2014, master's students in physics have been able to earn a double degree. They study at Freie Universität Berlin and at the renowned Institut Polytechnique de Paris and receive two physics degrees at the end. The double master's degree program is funded by the Franco-German University, which has been promoting joint Franco-German study programs since 1997.

May 02, 2022

Prof. Dr. Christiane Koch is the new Chair of the Quantum Optics and Photonics division at DPG

Prof. Dr. Christiane Koch takes over the chair position of the division "Quantum Optics and Photonics" of the German Physical Society (DPG). She will chair the division from 2022 to 2024 aiming to provide new impulses for knowledge exchange and interdisciplinary knowledge transfer on the topics of quantum optics and photonics.

Apr 25, 2022

Quantum complexity grows linearly for an exponentially long time

A new publication in "Nature Physics": Quantum physicists from Freie Universität Berlin and Harvard University, USA, solve Brown and Susskind's conjecture on the growth of complexity and thus find a way to prove an assumption that was previously difficult to tackle. For Jonas Haferkamp, who is the first author, the publication is a crowning achievement of his doctorate in the group of Prof. Dr. Jens Eisert.

Mar 28, 2022

New Publication in "Science": "Dynamics and mechanism of a light-driven chloride pump"

An international scientific team associated with the collaborative research center SFB 1078 "Protonation Dynamics in Protein Function" suggested that the charge separation observed in a light driven chloride pump is a fundamental feature for light energy conversion in nature as well as in technology.

Feb 14, 2022

Publication in "Nature Communications"

The work by Paliwal, P., Blech, A., Koch, C.P. et al. has been published in the renowned journal "Nature Communications".

Jan 03, 2022

Highly Cited Researchers 2021

Two researchers associated with the Department of Physics at Freie Universität are among the world's most-cited authors according to this year's "Highly Cited Researchers" ranking. Professor Dr. Frank Noé and Honorary Professor Dr. Beatriz Roldan Cuenya are named in the "Cross-Field" category.

Dec 03, 2021

CRC/Transregio 227 "Ultrafast Spin Dynamics" enters second funding period

The transregional Collaborative Research Center "Ultrafast Spindynamics," in which physicists from Freie Universität Berlin and Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg work together, will receive 10 million euros in funding from the German Research Foundation from 2022 to 2025.

Nov 25, 2021


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