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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Mathematisch-Naturwissen­schaft­liche Fakultät - Modern Optics

 Modern Optics   

Theoretical Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics



The AMO group at HU Berlin performs research in a wide range of theoretical atomic, molecular, and optical physics / theoretical quantum optics. This ranges from the theoretical treatment of atoms and molecules exposed to ultrashort intense laser pulses via ultracold quantum gases (in optical lattices) and their application for quantum simulation or quantum computers to atomic and molecular problems in the context of fundamental questions of physics (directly relevant, e.g., for the tritium neutrino-mass experiment KATRIN, the Holmium neutrino-mass experiment ECHo, or antimatter-matter collisions).


An improved upper limit for the mass of the neutrino (the second most abundant particle in the whole universe) has been determined by the first science run of the KArlsruhe TRItium Neutrino-mass experiment (KATRIN). As member of the KATRIN collaboration, our group has supplied the so-called molecular final-state distribution that is only available from theory and directly enters the extaction of the neutrino mass from the experimental data. For more details, see the press release from 16.09.2019, the news in Nature, or the preprint submitted for publication in Physical Review Letters.


Open Bachelor and Master thesis projects are available.



Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Institut für Physik
AG Moderne Optik

Newtonstr. 15

12489 Berlin

Tel.:  +49 [30] 2093-7652
Fax:  +49 [30] 2093-7643