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A dense sheet of electrons accelerated to close to the speed of light can act as a tuneable mirror that can generate bursts of laser-like radiation in the short wavelength range via reflection. A team of physicists from the Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ) in Garching, the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München, the Queens University Belfast (QUB) and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) near Oxford created such a mirror in a recent experiment. more

The latest winner of a Humboldt Research Award to choose LMU as the host for his research sabbatical is theoretical physicist Professor Nigel Cooper from Cambridge University, who has been the guest of LMU’s Physics Faculty since the beginning of January. more

On 1. February, the Hector Science Prize 2012 was formally bestowed on Immanuel Bloch, Professor of Experimental Physics at LMU Munich and Director at the Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics. The Prize is valued at 150,000 euros. more