Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Physik, Newtonstr. 15, D-12489 Berlin, Germany

Contact info
Tel: +49(0)30-2093-7600
Fax: +49(0)30-2093-7877

Contact person for housing, travel, etc. 
Ulrike Spangenberg
Ziegelstraße 13c (room 603), 10099 Berlin, Germany
Tel: +49(0)30-2093-2154
Email: Ulrike.Spangenberg (at)

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About the Institution
The Humboldt University has already seen 29 Nobel laureates (incl. Albert Einstein and Max Planck). It has about 35.000 students and hosts about 45 graduate schools and programs. The research in the Department of Physics focuses on the four areas Optics/Photonics, Elementary Particle Physics, Solid-state Physics, and Macromolecular/Complex Systems. It participates in a number of cooperative research centers, including the Integrative Research Institute for Sciences Adlershof (IRIS), the Research Center for Modern Optics (HZMO), and the Research Center for Computational Sciences Adlershof (CCSA). The Department of Physics moved in 2003 into a new building on the Science and Technology campus Adlershof.

About the Groupleader

PD Dr. Alejandro Saenz
Email: Alejandro.Saenz (at)
Tel: +49(0)30-2093-4902

The Modern Optics group (established 2003) at Humboldt University Berlin is a theory group that performs research in the areas of light-matter interaction and quantum dynamics. The main research topics are presently atoms, ions, and molecules in ultra-short intense laser pulses and ultra-cold quantum gases in optical lattices. Further interests include theoretical support for precision experiments like the tritium neutrino-mass experiments, anti-hydrogen experiments (at CERN), and optical tests for possible Lorentz-violating terms. The complete spectrum of modern theoretical physics from purely analytical investigations over the design and computer implementation of novel algorithms to the numerical analysis is covered in the group.