Quanten beobachten


Our visible world can be described easily with concepts from classical physics . But if you start to look at the fundamental building blocks such as atoms, electrons and photons in detail, there are effects that can only be explained with the help of quantum physics. In experiments such as quantum simulations, novel quantum states are investigated in the laboratory that can only be observed at very low temperatures. Lasers are arranged in a lattice to cool and trap molecules and atoms, minimizing their motion. Depending on how these lattices are spatially arranged, or which atoms or molecules are trapped there, it can be investigated how they behave. The laser light behaves analogously to the so-called Doppler effect – it becomes visible in which direction the molecules move.

The demonstration presented here is a highly simplified version of an analog quantum simulator as operated by the research group of Hanns-Christoph Nägerl based at Campus Technik.

Quantum observing: MOT


Research group Hanns-Christoph Nägerl, Michael Gröbner, Institute for Experimental Physics (Faculty of Mathematic, Computer Science and Physics)

This micro exhibition is part of the 350th anniversary of the University of Innsbruck.


Hanna Viivi Emilia Moilanen, Julia Akkermann, Institute of Design (Faculty of Architecture)

Project members

Armin Unterholzer, Anna-Katharina Sponring


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