Analogue Quantum Chemistry Simulation

Searching for new substances and developing new techniques in the chemical industry: tasks that are often accelerated using computer simulations of molecules or reactions. But even supercomputers quickly reach their limits. Now an international team around Javier Argüello-Luengo from ICFO, Ignacio Cirac from MPQ and Peter Zoller from IQOQI have designed the first blueprint for a quantum simulator that mimics the quantum chemistry of molecules. The results are now published in the scientific journal Nature.

Francesca Ferlaino

Experimental physicist Francesca Ferlaino was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) in September. With the Fellowship, the members of the Society honor outstanding scientific achievements of their colleagues. The outstanding work of the physicist was just recently honored with the Junior BEC Award in Spain.

Immanuel Bloch (Chair of the conference, MPQ director), Sandro Stringari (senior BEC Prize), Francesca Ferlaino,  Lev Pitaevskii (senior BEC Prize), Thierry Giamarchi (Chair of the Prize selection commitee), Jürgen Stuhler (Toptica, financing the prize)

This week Prof. Francesca Ferlaino, experimental physicist from Innsbruck, Austria, has received the Junior BEC Award for her pioneering work on dipolar quantum gases. The award, honoring outstanding achievements in the field of Bose-Einstein condensation, was presented at an international conference on quantum gases in Spain.

Rainer Blatt, Anton Zeilinger, and Peter Zoller

The three Austrian scientists received the Micius Prize in Hefei, China. The prize, awarded for the first time, is for outstanding research in quantum physics.

In a nonlinear crystal illuminated by a strong laser the photon wavelength is converted to the optimal value for long-distance travel.

For the first time, a team led by Innsbruck physicist Ben Lanyon has sent a light particle entangled with matter over 50 km of optical fiber. This paves the way for the practical use of quantum networks and sets a milestone for a future quantum internet.

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