QuantumFrontiers Science Slam

On 30 June 2023, QuantumFrontiers hosted its own science slam at the Haus der Wissenschaft in Braunschweig. Seven QF scientists provided an entertaining evening and presented their current research in a 10-minute, entertaining slam format. The researchers from four institutions met around 150 interested citizens in the sold-out auditorium of the Haus der Wissenschaft and presented their work on light, time and gravitational waves in a vivid way. At the end of an exuberant evening, the audience voted for the presentations using a thunderous applause meter and crowned Liam Shelling Neto and his presentation on metamirrors in gravitational wave detectors as the slam champion. The slammers of the evening were (from left to right):


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  • Michael Kazda (Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt)
  • Yefei Yin (Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt)
  • Magdalena Misslich (Leibniz University Hannover)
  • Jonas Junker (Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics)
  • Martin Steinel (Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt)
  • Silvia Müllner (TU Braunschweig)
  • Liam Shelling Neto (TU Braunschweig)

Science Slam Videos

Silvia Müllner: Resonance Between Rotating Light and Matter

Beams of light are not as straight as the name suggests. In fact, there is an angular momentum within the beam and, with the right technology, light can even be actively twisted. Silvia Müllner explains how this affects our everyday lives in the Science Slam organised by the QuantumFrontiers Cluster of Excellence.

Michael Kazda: Alice and Bob and the Atomic Clock

In Michael Kazda's science slam, Alice doesn't disappear down the rabbit hole, but gets wasted at the disco. So what does Alice have to do with atomic clocks, one of the core topics of the QuantumFrontiers Cluster of Excellence? Her favourite colour is the main answer.

Liam Shelling Neto: The Universe Tells its Story and we Listen

In 2015, mankind successfully listened to the universe for the first time: the first gravitational wave, triggered by merging black holes, was measured. In his Science Slam at the QuantumFrontiers Cluster of Excellence, Liam Shelling Neto embarks on a journey into the incredible dimensions of gravitational wave detection – and his research in this field.

Jonas Junker: How Negative Masses Help to Measure Lengths

If you eat a chocolate with negative mass, you don't gain weight, you lose calories. What is unfortunately science fiction on this scale becomes a valid means of measuring gravitational waves. Jonas Junker explains in the Science Slam of the QuantumFrontiers Cluster of Excellence how he uses negative masses to further improve the most precise measurements known to mankind.

Yefei Yin: Quantum Hall Resistance Standards for our Life

Yefei Yin's research is all about resistance. Even if it is not about the history of revolutions, it concerns revolutionary technologies such as laptops, tablets and smartphones all devices with a variety of resistances. In the Science Slam organised by the QuantumFrontiers Cluster of Excellence, Yefei Yin tells the story of how we measure the resistance of resistors.