The German Research Foundation (DFG) has approved new research training groups (GRK) with the goal of supporting young scientists. The funding will go specifically toward establishing the Research Training Group “Dynamics of Controlled Atomic and Molecular Systems (DynCAM)” at the Institute of Physics, University of Freiburg. The DFG will provide six million euros over four-and-one-half years toward the effort. Starting in January 2022, 14 doctoral researchers will be able to study matter at the quantum level in Freiburg and as part of an exchange program in Vancouver, Canada.
Precisely controlled atomic and molecular samples, isolated for example in molecular beams, cluster beams, or special traps, play a key role in this research area, which focuses on understanding the dynamics of underlying processes. The new GRK at the University of Freiburg, in collaboration with the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver aims at studying and controlling electron and nuclear dynamics of systems in well-defined quantum states.
“The research centers around novel techniques for the generation of isolated atomic and molecular systems as well as ultrashort laser pulses and related theoretical calculations,” explains GRK spokesperson Prof. Dr. Frank Stienkemeier from the Institute of Physics at the University of Freiburg, “thereby offering perspectives for laser applications, metrology, quantum information or optoelectronics.”
Press Release of the DFG (in German)