Aarhus University, Denmark

With 35.000 students Aarhus University is the second largest university in Denmark, and is ranked 63rd worldwide (according to Times Higher – QS World University Rankings 2008), it has an international focus and makes targeted efforts to attract researchers and students from abroad.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy has a permanent academic staff of 40 persons and enrols about 70 students yearly. Courses are taught in all major physics disciplines. The Department is characterized by a wide range of covered academic subjects – atomic and molecular physics,
astrophysics and cosmology, nuclear physics, nano- and surface sciences, biophysics, condensed matter physics, etc. – and by its research at an
international level. The experimental facilities are supported by an advanced infrastructure including mechanical and electronics workshops.

The Aarhus pole is coordinated by Dr. Aurélien Dantan and comprises the Ion Trap Group led by Prof. Michael Drewsen, which has a long standing expertise in the physics of cold, trapped ions, and the Lundbeck Foundation Theoretical Center for Quantum System Research led by Prof. Klaus Mølmer, with theory expertise in quantum optics and cold atoms. In connection with CCQED, the Aarhus pole carries out experimental and theoretical investigations in optical cavity quantum electrodynamics with ion crystals and atomic systems.