University of Bonn, Germany

With 27,000 students, the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn is one of the large research universities in Germany. Together with the University of Cologne, a graduate school of physics and astronomy has been successfully initiated in the framework of the German excellence initiative. At the Institute of Applied Physics research is performed in the areas of light-matter interaction, quantum optics, quantum information and ultracold gases. The group lead by Prof. Dieter Meschede has a decade of expertise in single atom trapping and manipulation, pioneering the control of individual neutral atoms in optical dipole traps. The optical ultra-high finesse cavity experiment has reached the strong coupling regime between atoms and light and offers controllable, cavity-mediated atom-atom interactions for mesoscopic samples of ultracold atoms.