LENS European Laboratory for Non-linear Spectroscopy in Florence, Italy

A European reference point for research with light waves, based on a fundamental multi-disciplinary approach. This is LENS, the European Laboratory for Non-linear Spectroscopy, since its birth in 1991 as center of excellence of the University of Florence.

A place where physicists, chemists and biologists work together every day, sharing instrumentation, experiences, research themes, scientific perspectives and ideas with the common aim of using laser light to investigate matter from different points of view and under different conditions. Research interests include atomic physics, photonics, biophysics, and chemistry, without forgetting advanced training of young researchers, thanks to e.g. a EU Marie Curie training program, through high quality PhD courses and a rich Post Doctoral fellowship program.

The LENS pole is coordinated by Dr. Karim Murr, creator and former scientific and administrative coordinator of CCQED at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, and who has a long standing expertise in quantum optics and single cold atoms. Karim Murr’s group aims at studying the dynamics of qubits coupled to electromagnetic field such as in cavity QED, the thermodynamics out of equilibrium in quantum open systems, decoherence theory and optimal control at the quantum scale in modern experiments, relativistic theories and fundamentals in theoretical physics.