Prof. Dr. Michèle Heurs

Prof. Dr. Michèle Heurs
Prof. Dr. Michèle Heurs
Group leader Quantum Control
Phone:+49 511 762-17037Fax:+49 511 762-2784

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Since December 2016: Professor at Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany

June 2016 - November 2016: Apl. Prof. at Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany

July 2010 - June 2016: Junior Professor at the Centre for Quantum Engineering and Space-Time Research (QUEST) at Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany

Research Interests

  • non-classical light sources (squeezed light at high free spectral ranges)
  • controls (including modern control, coherent control, classical control)
  • electronics (particularly in high-frequency large bandwidth photodetection)
  • precision metrology (particularly stable high-finesse optical resonators, gravitational wave detection)
  • laser physics (including laser stabilisation and non-linear optics)


  • QUEST Ringvorlesung (summer semester 2011)
  • Laserinterferometrie (winter semester 2011/12 with R. Schnabel, winter semester 2013/14 with G. Heinzel)
  • Nichtklassisches Licht (summer semester 2012 with R. Schnabel; winter semester 2014/15)
  • Nichtklassische Laserinterferometrie (winter semester 2012/13 mit R. Schnabel, summer semester 2015)
  • Elektronische Metrologie im Optiklabor (new lecture, summer semester 2013)
  • Physik I (substitute for K. Danzmann winter semester 2013/14)
  • Physik II (substitute for K. Danzmann summer semester 2014)
  • Nichtklassisches Licht (winter semester 2014/15)
  • Nichtklassische Laserinterferometrie (summer semester 2015)
  • Nichtklassisches Licht (winter semester 2015/16)
  • Nichtklassische Laserinterferometrie (summer semester 2016)
  • Nichtklassisches Licht (winter semester 2016/17)
  • Nichtklassische Laserinterferometrie (summer semester 2017)
  • Nichtklassisches Licht (winter semester 2017/18)
  • Gravitationsphysik (together with F. Ohme, summer semester 2018)
  • Nichtklassisches Licht (winter semester 2018/19)

Invited Talks (selection)

  • Talk at the Federal congress of mathematical and natural science teachers, Hannover (23 March 2019
  • Talk at the colloquium of the Graduate School at ZARM, Bremen (27 June 2018)
  • Talk at International Conference on Quantum Communication, Measurement and Computing (QCMC), Baton Rouge, Louisiana (13 March 2018)
  • Talk at Japanese-American-German Frontiers of Science Symposium of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (21 September 2017)
  • Talk at the Royal Society “The promises of gravitational wave Astronomy”, London (11 September 2017)
  • Talk at the celebratory colloquium of the Graduate School “CoQuS”, Vienna (19 June 2017)
  • Kolloquium der IMAPP Nijmegen (18 February 2014)
  • Jahrestagung der Astroteilchenphysiker Deutschlands, Zeuthen (September 2012)

Reviewer Activities

Outreach and Science Communication (selection)

  • Talk “New light for gravitational wave astronomy” in “November of Science”, Hannover (Nov. 2018)
  • Opening event of “November of Science”, Hannover: Talk “Gravitational wave astronomy” together with Karsten Danzmann (Nov. 2018)
  • Theater Erlebnis, Hannover, Participation in the theatre performance “The Feynman Project” (short scientific talks) (Nov. 2017 – Jan. 2018)
  • International Junior Science Olympiad, Hannover: Celebratory talk at the award ceremony (Oct. 2017)
  • Niedersachsen Technikum, Hannover: Talk at inauguration event (Sept. 2017)
  • “Fest für Alle”, Hannover: Discussion round “The 12 Apostles” to celebrate the 500 year anniversary of the reformation (Aug. 2017)
  • IdeenExpo, Hannover: Talk for school children at large national science fair (June 2017)
  • Historical Museum, Hannover. Science Show (together with Karsten Danzmann) within exhibition “Typisch Hannover?!” (May 2017)
  • Universität Göttingen: Science Slam on gravitational wave detection (Jan. 2017)
  • Leibniz Universität Hannover: Science Slam on gravitational wave detection (first prize) (Dec. 2016)
  • Matinee im Foyer, Hannover, Panel discussion “Vision and Reality” (June 2016)
  • AstroFest, London, Talk for 800 amateur astronomers. Topic: “The Gravitational Universe” (Feb. 2016)
  • Tag des Lichts, Leibniz Universität Hannover. Two lectures for several hundred school students. Topic: “Light and gravitation” (Nov. 2015)
  • SommerUni, Leibniz Universität Hannover, topic: “The nature of light” (Sept. 2015)
  • TV programme “Space” “The Quest for Gravitational Waves”, Euronews (moderator: Jeremy Wilks) (July. 2015)
  • Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften, Max-Planck-Society, Berlin. topic: “Light and its application for gravitational wave astronomy” (June 2015)
  • Saturday Morning Lecture, Leibniz Universität Hannover. topic: “Squeezed light” (Jan. 2015)
  • Herrenhausen Late, Volkswagen Stiftung, Hannover. topic: “Gravitational wave astronomy” (March 2014)
  • Die Nacht, die Wissen schafft, Leibniz Universität Hannover. six lectures on light and gravitational wave detection (Nov. 2012 and 2014)
  • Leibniz Junior Lab, Leibniz Universität Hannover. Lectures and experiments for school children in fourth grade; multiple times per semester (2012–current)
  • Outreach Programme, Sonderforschungsbereich Transregio 7, planning of and advice on the SFB’s extensive outreach activities (2011–end)
  • Scientific Presentations, for Artewis GmbH & Co.KG. Science communication events and presentations, approx. twice per year (2010–2015)
  • Weihnachtsvorlesung, Universität Hannover, co-host. (2002–2003)
  • Outreach Programmes, Leibniz Universität Hannover, “Herbst-Uni”, “Winter-Uni”, “Girls’ Day” / “Zukunftstag”, school internships etc. (2000–current)
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