Quantum technologies and fundamental science

The world’s first "International Max Planck Partnership" supports research around ‘Measurement and Observation at the Quantum Limit’ (MOQL).

Emerging and future technologies: Observation and Measurement at the Quantum Limit

Observation and Measurement at the Quantum Limit (MOQL).

Alasdair Allan

Minister for Science, MSP

Professor Jim Hough

UK Director of the Partnership

"It is great that the world’s first "International Max Planck Partnership" was launched by Scottish Universities. This is another example of the global reputation and strength of research in Scotland and will help further boost our higher education sector."

"The strong research links provide a sustainable basis for increasing scientific knowledge. This new Max Planck Partnership is particularly exciting because it could pave the way to pioneering results in basic science and to novel technologies."

A major boost

to new quantum technologies and fundamental science in Scotland.

in fundamental or 'discovery' science - leading physics research groups from five Scottish Universities: The Universities of Glasgow, Strathclyde, St Andrews, Heriot-Watt and Edinburgh.

to Germany - five Max Planck Institutes involved: MPI for Gravitational Physics, MPI for the Science of Light, MPI for Quantum Optics, MPI for Chemical Physics and the MPI for Solid State Physics.

and knowledge exchange between leading domestic and international institutes: Scotland establishes itself as an international hub for cutting-edge science and technology – and a magnet for the world’s best researchers in the field.

World leaders

Strong research links

Research collaboration

Science that forms the foundations

The IMPP is supported by funding from the Scottish Funding Council, and a joint grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the Science & Technology Facilities Council. The Scottish universities involved also contribute to the initial £5 million funding package, which lasts five years.

of emerging and future technologies.

 Supported by funding from the SFC and a joint grant from EPSRC and STFC.

Quantum technologies and fundamental science in Scotland

This scientific area plays a significant role in fundamental research as well as in a variety of hi-tech industry sectors including oil field exploration and quantum computing. It has become a magnet for the world’s best researchers in the field.

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This workshop hosted world-leading theorists and experimentalists from the fields of quantum optics and quantum many-body systems, working with cold atomic and molecular gases, optical lattices, photons, cavities, cold ions, Rydberg atoms and polar molecules.  A focus of the workshop was the understanding of interactions between a quantum system and its environment, and how these open quantum system dynamics combine with the behaviour of many-body AMO systems.

We had 114 registered participants from 16 countries at the meeting, which is an important event within the International Max-Planck Partnership between Scottish Universities and the German Max Planck Institutes on “Measurement and Observation at the Quantum Limit”.

We would like to thank all of our sponsors for their invaluable support of the meeting, as well as the University of Strathclyde, and the city of Glasgow.

Invited Speakers
Mari-Carmen Bañuls
MPQTheory, Garching, Germany
Immanuel Bloch
MPQ, Garching / LMU, Munich, Germany
Frédéric Chevy
École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France
Ignacio Cirac
MPQTheory, Garching, Germany
Nigel Cooper
University of Cambridge, UK
Eugene Demler
Harvard University, Cambridge, USA
Thierry Giamarchi
DQMP, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Klemens Hammerer
Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany
Dieter Jaksch
University of Oxford, UK
Igor Lesanovsky
University of Nottingham, UK
Mikhail Lukin
Harvard University, Cambridge, USA
Patrik Öhberg
Herriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK
William D. Phillips
NIST / JQI Maryland, USA
Cindy Regal
JILA, University of Colorado, USA
Mark Saffman
University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Luis Santos
ITP, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany
Monika Schleier-Smith    Stanford University, USA

Hot Topic Speakers
Thorsten Ackemann
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK
Piotr Deuar
Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland
Jonathan Keeling
University of St Andrews, UK
Zala Lenarcic
ITP, University of Cologne, Germany
Anton Mazurenko
Harvard University, Cambridge, USA
Matthias Sonnleitner    University of Glasgow, UK

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