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Prof. Dr. Jens Michaelis
Dean of Physics Studies
Albert-Einstein-Allee 11
89081 Ulm
Phone: 0731/50-23050
Office: N25/3212

Gerold Brackenhofer
Physics Academic Affairs Committee
Albert-Einstein-Allee 11
89081 Ulm
Phone: 0731/50-22953
Office: N25/3106

Béatrice Fritsche-Poizat
Physics Academic Affairs Committee
Albert-Einstein-Allee 11
89081 Ulm
Phone: 0731/50-22304
Fax: 0731/50-22256
Office: N25/3102, 8:00 - 12:00

Second Synergy Grant over 9.4 million euros for Ulm physicists! Unravelling cell metabolism with the help of MRI and diamond sensors

11.10.2019:  The physics professors Martin Plenio and Fedor Jelezko from Ulm have yet again landed a major coup: they have obtained another rare ERC Synergy Grant, the second time in a row since 2012. The third member of the new HyperQ project is Professor Jan Ardenkjær-Larsen from the Technical University of Denmark. Their goal is to revolutionise nuclear spin applications using quantum technology, from the well-known MRI scanner in hospitals to tiny sensors that can be used to study metabolic processes in living organisms. ...more

Einstein is tested: a quantum-mechanical twin paradox

07.10.2019: Albert Einstein is regarded as one of the founding fathers of modern physics, in particular his general and special theory of relativity and his fundamental contributions to quantum mechanics continue to have significance to this day. Physicists from Ulm and Hanover are investigating the intersections of both theories and have chosen the famous twin paradox derived from the theory of relativity. In the scientific journal „Science Advances“ , the researchers published the theoretical preliminary work for an experiment ...more


Inauguration ceremony with Prime Minister Kretschmann - A specially tailored Centre for Quantum and Biosciences

04.07.2019: A unique research building has been constructed at Ulm University: in the Centre for Bio- and Quantum Sciences (ZQB) an interdisciplinary research group will develop high-performance sensors, optimise imaging processes and investigate quantum mechanical effects in biological systems. Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann has now handed over the new building, which provides a bridge between quantum technology and biosciences. ...more

Reinhart Koselleck project: 1.5 million euros for "risky research" - revolutionizing nuclear spin applications with quantum technology

19.06.2019:  So far, applications of nuclear magnetic resonance such as medical MRT imaging or NMR spectroscopy are not sensitive enough to allow high-precision measurements. But now Professor Martin Plenio wants to pave the way for nuclear magnetic resonance at the micro and nanoscale with the help of quantum technology. For this innovative but also highly challenging research project, the German Research Foundation (DFG) has granted the theoretical physicist a Reinhart Koselleck project and over 1.5 million euros for five years.  ...more

Physicists develop real-time detection methods: EXIST research funds for Ulm University founders

12.06.2019: Three young physicists from Ulm University have developed a new optical method (CellMOUSE) that can detect, characterise and classify living cells and particles in real time. The method, which can be used in medicine, environmental science and or biotechnology, is simple, conservative and cost-effective. The highlight: the data are processed directly on the sensor chip so that evaluation and control are possible in real time. ...more

Diamonds, the best friends of quantum science - Quantum state measured in diamonds for the first time

21.02.2019: with the help of artificial diamonds, an international research team succeeded in taking another important step towards the high-tech application of quantum technology: for the first time, scientists were able to electrically measure the quantum state of a single qubit in diamonds. A qubit is considered the basic unit of quantum information. The results of the study, which was coordinated by the University of Ulm, were recently published in the renowned scientific journal Science ...more

Lithium atoms on the move - SALVE provides sensational insights into mini batteries

27.11.2018: You can call it simply a sensation, what has been achieved by scientists from Stuttgart, Ulm and Dresden. Using the Sub-Angstrom Low-Voltage Electron microscope (SALVE), they were able to show in atomic resolution how lithium ions behave during electrochemical loading and unloading processes. They have thus demonstrated how reversible lithium absorption takes place in a nano-cell that consists of only one double layer of graphene. These results, which are highly relevant for battery research, were recently published in the journal Nature   ...more

Quantum research for outer space New DLR Institute of Quantum Technologies in Space Applications in Ulm

12.11.2018: The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) is setting up an institute in Ulm on the subject of quantum technologies in space applications (DLR-QT). The aim of DLR-QT is to develop next-generation precision instruments that can be used for navigation, communication as well as Earth observation and weather observation in space. In close cooperation with industry, DLR-QT will build a bridge between basic research and application. The institute has an annual budget of around €11 million at its disposal for this purpose, 90 percent of which is funded by the federal government and 10 percent by the state government of Baden-Württemberg ...more

Millions of funding on the road to excellence Carl Zeiss Foundation supports quantum technology in Ulm and Stuttgart

04.06.2018: Quantum technology researchers in Ulm and Stuttgart were able to convince in the first round of the Excellence Strategy and have submitted a full proposal for a Cluster of Excellence. The decision about this proposal will be announced at the end of September. The Carl Zeiss Foundation has gone ahead and already bestowed several millions of funding on the research project ‘TQuant’, in which findings of quantum science are being transferred to applications. ...more

Quantum physicists achieve entanglement record

11.4.2018: Entanglement is of central importance for the new quantum technologies of the 21st century. A German-Austrian research team is now presenting the largest entangled quantum register of individually controllable systems to date, consisting of a total of 20 quantum bits. The physicists in Innsbruck, Vienna and Ulm are pushing experimental and theoretical methods to the limits of what is currently possible. ...more

Quantum Metrology, Atomic Sensing and Novel Imaging

8.8.2017: Different roads have been taken towards single spin detection. Most prominent are atomic force microscopy and scanning tunneling microscopy that were able to achieve single electron spin detection over past decade, however conditions were limited to cryogenic temperatures. Our institute in close cooperation with several world leading groups in biology, physics and material science develop the novel approach to image single electron and nuclear spins under ambient conditions. The probe system is an ultrasensitive atomic magnetometer based on single electron spins associated Nitrogen-Vacancy (NV) color centers in diamond. ...more

Research in Biophysics: Transcription

28.04.2017: Transcription is the first step in gene expression, where DNA is transcribed into mRNA. We investigate this complex structural and mechanistic process in the eukaryotic and archaeal system. Thereby, we focus on the main enzyme involved in this event, the RNA polymerase (RNAP), and its several transciption factors to gain structural, dynamic and kinetic information by using single-molecule fluorescence microscopy, fluorescence correlation spectroscopy and optical tweezers ...more