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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder visit PASQuanS Coordinator
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder visit PASQuanS Coordinator

PASQuanS Coordinator Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics received a high-ranking visit from German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder. The MPQ managing director Immanuel Bloch presented them in a lab tour the MPQ quantum simulation experiment which is also part of the research for PASQuanS. The setup at the MPQ in Immanuel Bloch’s group of Quantum Many-Body Systems is one of the world’s leading systems in which the most complex quantum calculations to date are carried out.

Just a few days before the federal election in Germany takes place, the two politicians took the time to view the experiments, and the scientists presented them different ongoing projects. In a press statement after the tour, physicist Merkel emphasized the importance of basic science for economic growth and commended especially the promotion of young researchers and the student lab for schoolchildren at the MPQ. “It’s great to see the passion, the verve with which work is done here. I am deeply impressed by what is already being done”, the Chancellor said in her closing statement.

 

Picture: Staatskanzlei / Koch