Gravitational-wave lasers in the final of the Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis

The Berthold Leibinger Stiftung announces the eight finalists of the Innovation Award

June 29, 2023

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute), Leibniz Universität Hannover and Cardiff University reach the finals of the Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis with their research on ultra-high precision laser sources for basic research and beyond. Every two years, the prize honors innovations in laser technology. The winners will be announced at an event in September and honored together with all the finalists.

Innovations in laser physics for gravitational-wave astronomy

Innovative developments in laser physics have been critical to the first direct detection of gravitational waves in 2015 and the total of 90 signals observed from the depth of space to date: the extremely precise stabilization of high-power laser sources, the generation and control of squeezed coherent vacuum states, and novel techniques for the application of squeezed light. But the applications go far beyond those in gravitational-wave detectors. The new technologies developed also provide innovations in quantum communications and for light-based quantum computing.

The Berthold Leibinger Innovation Award

Every two years, the Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis honors innovations in laser technology, whether beam source or application, result of a research institution or industrial research. Innovations can be submitted as applications or nominations. It is open to individuals and to groups from all over the world. From all applications and nominations, the jury selects eight finalists. These will travel to the jury meeting at the invitation of the Berthold Leibinger Stiftung to present their work in person. Finalists and prize winners receive their awards at the prize-giving ceremony. The 1st prize is endowed with 50,000 Euros, the 2nd prize with 30,000 Euros and the 3rd prize with 20,000 Euros.

More about the 2023 final of the Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis on the homepage of the Berthold Leibinger Stiftung.

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