Prof. Dr. Michèle Heurs
What is your current position at our institute?
Professor of Experimental Physics at Leibniz Universität Hannover, group leader of the “Quantum Control” group at AEI Hannover
What is your academic education?
- Diploma in physics at Hannover University
- PhD (Promotion) in physics at Hannover University
What were your previous academic positions?
- PostDoc at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (AEI Hannover)
- PostDoc at University of New South Wales @ ADFA (Canberra, Australia)
- Junior Professor at LUH
- now tenured Professor at LUH
Can you describe your research in general terms?
I work in the field of quantum optics. I (i.e. my group) make (laser) light that is better than nature would like you to be able to have. It’s called „squeezed light“, and we use it for precision measurements. We exploit the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle to reduce the noise in the measurement quantity we’re interested in, at the cost of increasing the noise in another (uninteresting one).
Please let us know why you chose the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics for your research.
I’m actually at the Institute for Gravitational Physics at Leibniz Universität Hannover. This institute and the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics collaborate very closely in Hannover.
Webpage of Michèle Heurs' research group: http://quantumcontrol.aei.uni-hannover.de.