Quantum physics, along with relativity, is one of the two cornerstones of our modern worldview and the basis for describing matter, non-gravitational forces such as light, and their interaction. In addition to basic research, the gained insights are directly applicable to novel technologies. The latest generation of quantum technologies focuses on quantum communication, information processing, simulators, and sensing.
At the interface of these applications, literally and figuratively, lies quantum optics. This area explores the quantum mechanical description and manipulation of light, quantum gases, as well as their interaction, and represents an interface of different quantum physical systems. The scientific fingerprint of the Theoretical Quantum Optics group fits into this topic and is divided into three research fields