Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light well represented at the 73rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

Five young scientists from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light - Steven Becker, Xuemei Gu, Shada Hofemeier Abu Hattum, Michael Poloczek and Anchit Srivastava - have received an invitation to the 73rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting this year. More than 30 Nobel Prize winners and over 650 selected young scientists will come together there from June 30 to July 5, 2024, to exchange ideas about the fundamentals and future of physics.

In her postdoctoral role, Shada Hofemeier Abu Hattum contributes significantly to the advancement of deformability cytometry technology, aiding in the development of analysis pipelines and its integration into diagnostic practices.

Steven Becker is a PhD student in the Birgit Stiller Research Group. The subject of his research is the interaction between light and sound. He aims to utilise this to accelerate photonic machine learning. As a senior scientist in the Mario Krenn Research Group, Xuemei Gu works at the intersection of artificial intelligence and physics with a particular focus on leveraging AI to achieve conceptual advances in quantum physics and quantum optics.

The generation of entangled photons from nanoscale structures, in particular from individual nanostructured resonators, represents the scientific focus of Michael Poloczek, a Master's student in the Quantum Radiation Research Group of Maria Chekhova. Designs like these have the potential to find application as miniaturized room-temperature sources of non-classical light in integrated devices used for quantum communication and computing. Anchit Srivastava is a doctoral researcher in the Hanieh Fattahi research group, whose work delves into the cross-disciplinary world of field-resolved light-matter interaction. Using ultrafast laser pulses, he investigates how light interacts with matter in intricate ways.

During the meeting at Lake Constance, the young scientists have the opportunity to meet Nobel Prize winners to inspire their future careers and discuss their perspectives on physics with researchers from over 90 nations. The young scientists participating were invited following a multi-stage selection process.

Since 1951, the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting has offered a unique opportunity for scientific exchange across generations. On the one hand, Nobel Laureates interact with young scientists in various ways to share insights and methods based on their own experience. On the other hand, "Next Gen Science Sessions" provide a platform for a highly competitive group of Young Scientists to present their own research.

This year’s program revolves around various topics in physics which are particularly relevant to society at large: solutions for the future of energy supply; the potential and impact of artificial intelligence; as well as a broader discussion of basic and applied research on quantum physics.

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