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IIP-Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics
Garching, Germany (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Summer
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Dept Offering Program: International Internship Program (IIP) Program Type: Internship
Language Prerequisite: No Program Features: Lab Based Work, Research
Degree Level: 1st year u/g students, 2nd year u/g students, 3rd year u/g students Time Away: Summer
Housing options: Student Responsibilty with support from IIP and/or Host Organization Program Group: International Internship Program
Duration of Program: 8 or more weeks Program Adviser: Shahreen Rahman
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Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics

Organization Overview
MPQ is a research facility of the Max Planck Society, dedicated to basic research on the interaction of light and matter under extreme conditions. Currently, five different research areas are established in the institute, all in pursuit of the mysterious interplay of matter and light. Quantum Dynamics works with single photons and atoms – building blocks for future quantum computers. Theorists, on the other side, calculate concepts of how quantum bits can transmit and encrypt information – bugproof. Scientists of the Quantum Many-Body Systems Group investigate the peculiar characteristics of ultracold quantum gases and new phases of matter. The Laboratory for Attosecond Physics creates some of the world’s shortest light flashes so they can observe tiny almost unperceivable motions in the microcosmos, like electrons moving around. All along these others, the Laser Spectroscopy Group measures spectral lines of hydrogen in the most precise way, testing provocative thoughts against all we know, even the commonly agreed constants of nature.

Intern Responsibilities:

Since 2001 Prof. Dr. J. I. Cirac is Director at the MPQ and head of the Theory division. He has made contributions to quantum many-body physics, information and optics and is an expert in the field of quantum information and quantum computation.

Project 1: Study of dissipative quantum systems 
The IIP intern will apply the numerical algorithms developed in our division to the study of dissipative quantum systems. In particular, different spin chains may be considered. The tasks may include particularizing the algorithm for the chosen problem, designing and performing the numerical study, and analyzing the results.

Quantum Physics, Quantum Information, Many-Body Theory, Elementary Atomic Physics; Basic computer programming

Project 2: Entanglement of Complex Quantum Systems
Study of topological phases and phase transitions using tensor networks

The IIP intern will apply tensor network algorithms to the study of topological phases and their excitations. This can include models obtained by adding fields to existing models, and the investigation of the topological phase transition between these models in particular. The intern will learn basics of topologically ordered phases, as well as the use of tensor network methods, in particular Matrix Product States (MPS) and Projected Entangled Pair States (PEPS).  This project will require a combination of analytical and numerical skills.

Project 3: Computational Complexity of physical problems
Computational complexity addresses the difficulty of physical problems.  In this project, the IIP intern will study how to relate existing complexity results, in particular for the computation of the ground state energy to polynomial accuracy, with physically relevant problems such as the computation of correlation functions, expectation values of local observables, or response functions.  This project is very mathematically oriented, as it crucially depends on rigorous error bounds for all approximations used.

IIP candidates with interests in quantum physics, quantum information, Many-Body Theory, and elementary atomic physics are encouraged to apply. Basic computer programming skills are required. Upper level physics courses are strongly recommended.

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