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Silke Ospelkaus-Schwarzer ist neue Sprecherin von QuantumFrontiers

Silke Ospelkaus-Schwarzer is new spokesperson of QuantumFrontiers

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Von links: Prof. Dr. Andreas Waag, Prof. Dr. Karsten Danzmann, Prof. Dr. Silke Ospelkaus-Schwarzer, Prof. Dr. Piet Schmidt.

Change of leadership at QuantumFrontiers: On 1 July 2022, Professor Silke Ospelkaus-Schwarzer took over the role of spokesperson at the Cluster of Excellence from Professor Karsten Danzmann. Together with the co-spokespersons Professor Piet Schmidt and Professor Andreas Waag, Ospelkaus-Schwarzer now takes over the management for the second half of the cluster's term until 2025.

"I am grateful for the trust my colleagues at QuantumFrontiers have placed in me by electing me as spokesperson. With the big shoes to fill left by Karsten Danzmann''s resignation from the spokesperson team and the second half of the Cluster of Excellence in sight, we as a team are aiming for big tasks in the coming years," says Professor Silke Ospelkaus-Schwarzer from Leibniz University Hannover.

"With Silke Ospelkaus-Schwarzer, the Cluster of Excellence has made an excellent choice for the role of spokesperson. An experienced scientist is joining the management team and I wish her all the best for her tasks," says Professor Karsten Danzmann from the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Hanover.

"I am very excited about the future collaboration with Silke Ospelkaus-Schwarzer. With her expertise in the control of ultracold molecules and her experience in leading research cooperations such as the research group ''From few to many-body physics with dipolar quantum gases'', she will set accents in the Cluster of Excellence both in terms of content and structure," says Professor Piet Schmidt from the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt in Braunschweig.

"Especially with the prospect of reapplying in two years'' time, it is great that Silke Ospelkaus-Schwarzer brings new impulses to the Cluster''s leadership. In close cooperation with the scientists of QuantumFrontiers, it is now a matter of launching an excellent application on the basis of previous successes and with a future-oriented strategy," says Professor Andreas Waag from the Technische Universität Braunschweig.

Silke Ospelkaus-Schwarzer

Professor Silke Ospelkaus-Schwarzer and her research group at the Institute of Quantum Optics are working on one of the greatest challenges of modern atomic and molecular physics – the preparation and control of increasingly complex physical systems in all quantum mechanical degrees of freedom. The researchers achieve this control mostly by preparing physical systems at temperatures close to absolute zero. For her research, Ospelkaus-Schwarzer recently received an ERC Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council, one of the most prestigious funding programmes in Europe.