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Research at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics concentrates on the interaction of light and matter under extreme conditions. One focus is the high-precision spectroscopy of hydrogen. In the course of these measurements Prof. Theodor W. Hänsch developed the frequency comb technique for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2005. Other experiments aim at capturing single atoms and photons and letting them interact in a controlled way, thus paving the way towards future quantum computers. Theorists on the other hand are working on strategies to communicate quantum information in a most efficient way. They develop algorithms that allow the safe encryption of secret information. MPQ scientists also investigate the bizarre properties quantum-mechanical many-body systems can take on at extremely low temperatures (about one millionth Kelvin above zero). Finally light flashes with the incredibly short duration of several attoseconds (1 as is a billionth of a billionth of a second) are generated which make it possible, for example, to observe quantum-mechanical processes in atoms such as the 'tunnelling' of electrons or atomic transitions in real time.
LMU, the University in the heart of Munich, is recognized as one of Europe's premier academic and research institutions. Since it's founding in 1472, LMU has attracted inspired scholars and talented students from all over the world. With more than 60.000 students and post-graduates and over 4.000 academic staff members, it is the secound-largest university in Germany and has a wide range of degree programs, with 150 subjects available in numerous combinations.
TUM is one of Europe’s top universities; it was one of the first universities in Germany to be named a University of Excellence. With a strong focus on natural sciences, engineering, life sciences and medicine, TUM is committed to excellence in research and teaching, interdisciplinary education and the active promotion of promising young scientists. The university also forges strong links with companies and scientific institutions across the world. TUM’s 13 departments provide an excellent environment for research and for the education of nearly 40.000 students.