Welcome to the Experimental Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics

Division of Prof. Tobias Schaetz 

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Atomic, Molecular, and Optical (AMO) physics delves deep into the quantum universe. As we move forward, mastering increasingly complex quantum systems will transform physical sciences. Our team is at the heart of this transformation, committed to observing and controlling fundamental processes of nature.

Using a blend of traditional and cutting-edge trapping techniques, we are at the forefront of experimental quantum research. We're scaling trapped atomic ion crystals with precise control and using optical traps for ions and atoms, covering a broad spectrum of quantum studies. Our work transcends quantum simulation, employing trapped ions and atoms to mirror and decipher intricate quantum behaviors, seamlessly connecting model understandings with tangible process. 

But our work isn't just about fundamental physics research. It reshapes our grasp of cold-temperature chemical reactions, possibly contributing to revolutionizing chemistry and offering control over reactions once deemed unmanageable. 

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At the Quantum Frontier of AMO Physics

Quantum Simulations with Trapped Atomic Ions & Trapping Ions in Atoms and Molecules Optically


Open Positions


  • German Science Foundation (DFG)
  • Quantum Science and Technologies at the European Campus (QUSTEC)
  • German Science Foundation (DFG) within RTG 2717
  • Georg H. Endress Foundation 
  • European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program (Grant No. 648330)
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