We are three enthusiastic young researchers trying to spread into the world our fascination for the strange phenomena of interacting quantum matter. Our second shared feat is a hobbyist’s interest in the Arts of different denominations. This project is about marrying those two and use our limited abilities in the latter form of human culture with our more or less pronounced knowledge of the former.
Oscar, 26, PhD student at Universität Heidelberg
I was born in a country where coffee plantations are beside houses, and sometimes, even in cities. My house was not an exception. This triggered, as you may imagine, a life-long passion for coffee. Physics? Physics came along afterwards, as well as an almost clinical allergy for experimental labs. In my meanderings of life and science, I think daily, and calculate stuff related to the nucleus, how it should behave when smashed at the speed of light, and what can we learn from that. How I arrived at that topic is something I will never understand, and frankly, it is what happens when you had four too many espressi.
I love a good warm beverage, a good book, drawing, and surprisingly, I prefer yogurt from quark.
Oscar’s scientific work is supported by the grant Collaborative Research Center SFB 1225, which involves many areas of research in several universities, laboratories and institutes. The SFB is all about understanding the equilibrium and non-equilibrium properties of matter in extreme conditions. That means that the members of this collaboration are working on the quantum (and sometimes classical) physics of extreme temperatures and settings! From the heat of a heavy ion collision to the extreme cold of tabletop Ultra-Cold atom experiments, the SFB wants to know all about it. If you are interested in this collaboration and its findings, click here to visit their main page.
Alex, 25, PhD student at TU Munich
Apart from drinking loads of green tea, I spend most of my time pursuing a weird fetish of trying to combine symbols to some sort of sensible equation and putting them into a large computer when I meet some I can’t solve on paper. In the next years, I hope to convey some of the fascinating things which will encounter me on the way to you! In my spare time, I combine my longing for the outdoors with more tea drinking, but also triathlon, drawing, photography, meditation, gardening, cocoa ceremonies, and other life endeavors.
Alex’ work is supported by the International Max Planck Research School for Quantum Science and Technology at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics (MPQ) in Munich. He works in the research group of Michael Knap at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) focussing on both the theoretical description of complex condensed matter systems and their study in experimental platforms such as single atoms trapped with laser light into arrays reminscent (and in fact very similar!) to the crystal structures forming most solid things around us. The newly formed research cluster “Munich Center for Quantum Science and technology“, of which MPQ and TUM are part of, focusses on both fundamental quantum science and possible ways for applications in quantum devices of the near future.
Beatrice Latz, 24, Masters student at Heidelberg
Being the early bird of the office, I very much enjoy the calm hours in the morning puzzling with equations, thoughts and algorithms. As you might already guess, I really don’t want to be without my coffee that time of the day. Besides that, a daily outdoor activity, preferably running, is almost all I need. Having no talent in drawing, i focus on playing jazz piano on Tuesdays at Cave54 and Wednesdays at Halle02. Feel free to come over!
Beatrice’s work is embedded in the joint theoretical and experimental efforts of the Synthetic Quantum Systems group at Kirchhoff-Institute. In her master thesis, she is hunting for witnesses of that spuky, still not fully understood, correlation between quantum particles, called entanglement. One of her everlasting goals is to create overlaps between theoretical approaches and experimental investigations, little by little accessing the exotic properties of quantum physics.
Here is a link to Beatrice’s institute, group and interesting facts.