Highest award of the German Physical Society in the field of experimental physics
The German Physical Society (Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft, DPG) has awarded Hector Fellow Immanuel Bloch, professor at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich and director of the Max-Planck-Institute for Quantum Optics, with the Stern-Gerlach-Medal for 2024. The Stern-Gerlach Medal is considered the highest recognition for outstanding achievements in the field of experimental physics.
Immanuel Bloch is honored for his groundbreaking work in the field of quantum simulations with ultracold atoms in optical lattices. His research began with the observation of the transition from superfluidity to the Mott-Insulator in optical lattices. These studies have revealed that very complex quantum-many-body-properties of matter can be successfully detected and analyzed using quantum optical methods. The results of these groundbreaking works have significantly advanced the field of quantum simulation.
The award ceremony will take place in March 2024 during the DPG Annual Meeting in Berlin.