Jentschke Lectures

DESY Vortragsreihe in Gedenken an Professor Dr. Willibald Jentschke

Lecture 2018
“The Quantum of Mechanics – exploring mechanical motion in the quantum regime”

Montag, 19. November 2018
18:00 Uhr

Prof. Dr. Markus Aspelmeyer
Professor der Physik an der Universität Wien, Österreich

Prof. Dr. Markus Aspelmeyer (Foto: Universität Wien)

The quantum optical control of solid-state mechanical devices, quantum optomechanics, has emerged as a new frontier of light-matter interactions. Devices currently being studied cover a mass range of more than 17 orders of magnitude - from nanomechanical waveguides of some picograms to macroscopic, kilogram-weight mirrors of gravitational wave detectors.

The fast progress in controlling ever increasing masses in the quantum regime creates new and unexpected opportunities to address one of the outstanding questions at the interface between quantum physics and gravity, namely “how does a quantum system gravitate?”.

Lecture 2017
“Gravitational Wave Astronomy: Listening to the sounds of the dark universe!”

15. November 2017
15:30 Uhr

Prof. Dr Karsten Danzmann
Direktor am Max-Planck-Institut für Gravitationsphysik, Leibniz Universität Hannover

Prof. Dr. Karsten Danzmann (Foto: F. Vinken/MPG)

For thousands of years we have been looking at the universe with our eyes. But most of the universe is dark and will never be observable with electromagnetic waves. Since September 14th, 2015, everything is different: Gravitational waves were discovered!

We have obtained a new sense and finally we can listen to the dark side of the universe. The first sounds that we heard were from unexpectedly heavy Black Holes. And nobody knows what other dark secrets are waiting for us out there.

Lecture 2016
“From Quantum Puzzles to Quantum Information Technology”

2. Dezember 2016
17:45 Uhr

Prof. Dr. Anton Zeilinger
Universität Wien
Präsident der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften

Prof. Anton Zeilinger

Quantum physics provides interesting conceptual puzzles. The basic fundamental ideas in the puzzles include quantum superposition (like in Schrödinger‘s cat), quantum entanglement (called by Einstein spooky action at a distance) and quantum randomness (viz. Einstein‘s comment that God does not play dice). To date, the same fundamental concepts just mentioned led to novel information science concepts and thus

became the basis for the emerging quantum information technology which includes such concepts as quantum teleportation, and quantum computation. The future quantum internet will combine these ideas. It will consist of quantum computers connected by quantum links carrying photons. From a fundamental point of view, fundamental experiments have sharpened our basic questions about the nature of quantum systems.


Lecture 2015
"Illuminating the dark side: New approaches to search for the dominating matter in our universe"

14. Dezember 2015
17:00 Uhr

Dr. Axel Lindner
Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY

Dr. Axel Lindner

Dr. Axel Lindner


Lecture 2014
"DESY and Life's Vital Bonding Machinery"

30. Oktober 2014
17:00 Uhr

Prof. Dr. Ada Yonath
Department of Structural Biology
Weizmann Institute
Rehovot, Israel

Prof. Dr. Ada Yonath

Prof. Dr. Ada Yonath

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Lecture 2013
"How to simulate without a Computer - A Physics Approach to the Brain"

30. Oktober 2013
17:00 Uhr

Prof. Dr. Karlheinz Meier
Kirchhoff-Institut für Physik
Universität Heidelberg

Prof. Dr. Karlheinz Meier

Prof. Dr. Karlheinz Meier

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Lecture 2012
"From the Ionisation of Air to beyond the LHC - 100 years of Cosmic Rays"

31 October 2012
17:00 h
DESY Auditorium

Prof. Dr. Alan Watson
School of Physics and Astronomy
University of Leeds
Great Britain

Prof. Dr. Alan Watson

Prof. Dr. Alan Watson

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Lecture 2011
"Making light of mathematics"

02. November 2011
17:00 h
DESY Auditorium

Prof. Dr. Sir Michael Berry
Department of Physics
University of Bristol, Great Britain

Prof. Dr. Sir Michael Berry

Prof. Dr. Sir Michael Berry
(Photo: University of Bristol)

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Lecture 2010:

"Accelerator Physics Challenges of Free-Electron Lasers"

17 November 2010
17:00 h
DESY Auditorium

Professor Dr. Paul Emma
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
Menlo Park, California

Professor Dr. Emma

Prof. Dr. Paul Emma

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Lecture 2009:

"Black Holes and the Fate of the Universe"

11 November 2009
17:00 h
DESY Auditorium

Prof. Dr. Günther Hasinger
Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics
Garching, Germany

Professor Dr. Hasinger

Prof. Dr. Günther Hasinger

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Lecture 2008:

"Grand Challenges for Megafacilities"

December 4, 2008
17:00 h
DESY Auditorium

Professor Dr. Helmut Dosch
Max Planck Institute for Metals Research
Stuttgart, Germany

Professor Dr. Dosch

Prof. Dr. Helmut Dosch
(Photo by Max Planck Institute, Stuttgart)

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Lecture 2007:

"Atomics and Molecular Physics with FEL:
A New Opportunity for Laboratory Astrophysics."

June 22, 2007
15:00 h
DESY Auditorium

Professor Daniel Zajfman
The Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, Israel

Professor Zajfman

Prof. Daniel Zajfman
(Photo by Weizmann Institute)

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Lecture 2006:

"High-Energy Neutrino Astronomy: Towards Kilometer-Scale Neutrino Observatories"

April 20, 2006
17.00 h
DESY Auditorium

Professor Francis Halzen
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Prof. Francis Halzen
(Photo by Jeff Miller/University of


Lecture 2005:

"Future of Physics"

January 18, 2005
DESY Auditorium

Professor D. Gross
University of California, Santa Barbara


Lecture 2003:

"The Impact of Synchrotron Radiation
on Molecular Biology"

December 4, 2003
DESY Auditorium

Professor K.C. Holmes
Heidelberg University


Lecture 2002:

"The Danger Posed by Nuclear Weapons"

December 5, 2002
DESY Auditorium

Professor W.K.H. Panofsky
Stanford University