New Publication by the MPIK group

The theory group of A. Pálffy (Heidelberg) proposed a new mechanism to connect between optical photons and X-rays. This interface is an optical resonator, where one of the cavity mirrors is formed by a micro-mechanical cantilever. The tip of the cantilever contains specific nuclei of interest (e.g. 229Th), which resonantly absorb X-rays in a Mössbauer-type fashion. The preprint is entitled “An Optomechanical Interface Bridging X-Ray and Optical Photons” and can be found here: arXiv:1508.06769.

nuClock kick-off meeting in Munich

The official kick-off meeting of our nuClock project is currently taking place in Munich! For two days (September 14/15), some 30 experts will discuss recent results and future experiments related to the hunt for the isomer transition. The nuClock members are joined by a number of external scientists, coming from as far as the US and China, to make nuClock the central hub of Thorium research. We are looking forward to a fruitful meeting in an enthusiastic atmosphere. After all, it’s Oktoberfest season in Munich!

Top row:

Top row, left to right: Benedict Seiferle (LMU), Stephan Falke and Jürgen Stuhler (TOPTICA), Xinxin Zhao (Los Alamos), Salvatore Micalizio (INRIM), Andreas Vernaleken, and Thomas Udem (MPQ). Third row: Rukang Li and Xiaoyang Wang (BCCRD, IPC, China), Stephan Schneider (TU Wien), Mustapha Laatiaoui (GSI), Georgy Kazakov, Matthias Schreitl, and Georg Winkler (TU Wien). Second row: Iain Moore and Sarina Geldhof (Jyväskylä), Maksim Okhapkin (PTB). Front row: Kyle Beloy (NIST), Peter Thirolf and Lars von der Wense (LMU), Thorsten Schumm (TU Wien), Adriana Palffy (MPIK), Ekkehard Peik and David-Marcel Meier (PTB).