Department of Physics and Astronomy
Klaus Mølmer received his Ph.D. from Aarhus University in 1990. During his studies he visited Prof. C. Cohen-Tannoudji at ENS Paris. From 1991 to 2000 he was an Associate Professor at Aarhus University. In collaboration with Y. Castin and J. Dalibard, he developed the theory of Monte Carlo wave-functions during this time, which to this day provides a unique description of small open quantum systems. Since 2000 he been Professor in Physics at Aarhus University. His research interests range from quantum optics to quantum information and quantum sensing.
ICFO – The Institute of Photonic Sciences
Leticia Tarruell did her master and PhD studies on experimental studies of bosonic and fermionic lithium, in the group of Christophe Salomon at Laboratoire Kastler Brossel in Paris. As a postdoc, she moved to Tilman Esslinger’s group at ETH Zurich. There, she worked on Fermi gases in optical lattices, studying among other topics the merging of Dirac points in artificial graphene and the emergence of magnetic correlations in Fermi-Hubbard systems. Since 2013, she has been a Junior Group Leader at ICFO in Barcelona. In 2018, she observed for the first time quantum liquid droplets stabilized by quantum fluctuations in mixtures of Bose-Einstein condensates.
Institute for Experimental Physics
University of Innsbruck
Gregor Weihs is Professor of Photonics at the University of Innsbruck, an Associate of the University of Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum computing and Vice-President for Natural Sciences and Engineering at the Austrian Science Fund. His research interests include fundamental physics both experimental and theoretical, quantum and semiconductor optics and quantum information. He currently focuses on novel sources of entangled photon pairs from nonlinear waveguides, via strong coupling in semiconductor microcavities, and from semiconductor quantum dots.
Department of Chemistry
University of Basel
Stefan Willitsch received his Ph.D. at the Department of Chemistry, ETH Zurich, under the supervision of Prof. Frédéric Merkt. From 2004 to 2007 he was a Junior Research Fellow at Christ Church and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory, University of Oxford, before he became a lecturer in Physical Chemistry at University College London in 2007. In 2008 he came to the University of Basel. Here he is a Professor at the Department of Chemistry. His research interests include molecular quantum technologies, cold ion-atom and ion-molecule hybrid systems, conformationally controlled chemistry, and coupling of ultracold ions to nanomechanical oscillators.
Institut für Quantenoptik
Silke Ospelkaus received her Ph.D. at the University of Hamburg in 2006. From 2007 to 2009 she held Postdoc positions at JILA, NIST and the University of Colorado, USA, before she in 2009 became a Minerva group leader at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching, Germany. Finally, in 2010 she was appointed Professor at the Institute for Quantum Optics at Leibniz University in Hannover, Germany. Her research interests center around quantum gases of ultracold molecules and atoms, including the assembly of ultracold molecules, direct laser cooling of molecules and dual species mixtures.