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New Priority Program of the DFG: Giant Interactions in Rydberg Systems (GiRyd)

"Giant Interactions in Rydberg Systems" (GiRyd) is one of 18 new Priority Programms that were selected by the Senate of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) in March 2015 out of 87 proposals. The coordinator of GiRyd is Prof. Dr. Tilman Pfau of the 5th Physics Institute at the University of Stuttgart.

In the new Priority Programmes researchers will investigate fundamental scientific questions in particularly topical or emerging areas of research over the next few years. The 18 new programmes cover all scientific fields, including humanities and social sciences, life sciences, natural sciences and engineering sciences.

“Giant interactions in Rydberg Systems” (GiRyd) will establish a crossdisciplinary research platform in Germany for the investigation and exploitation of the extraordinary interaction properties of quantum systems in highly excited Rydberg states. GiRyd will address both fundamental questions relying on Rydberg interactions in few and many-body systems, quantum nonlinear optics and surface science, as well as applications in various fields of classical and quantum technology and metrology.

Over the coming months, the DFG will announce a separate call for proposals for GiRyd that will be evaluated in a rigorous review process to determine their scientific quality and their contribution to the physics of Rydberg atoms with their various applications in science and technology.

Priority Programme GiRyd "Giant Interactions in Rydberg Systems"

Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Tilman Pfau, 5. Physikalisches Institut, Universität Stuttgart

Starting: 2016

Funding period: 3 - 6 years