How could quantum computers be made more suitable for everyday use? How can photovoltaics be made more efficient? How does nature manage to collect light so efficiently and transport energy into organisms? And what can we learn from this for the technologies of the future? Urgent questions like these are just as central to modern natural sciences as they are to innovations in nanotechnologies, biotechnologies and quantum technologies. In order to really answer them, we need to be able to observe the elementary building blocks of matter as directly as possible. However, as electrons, atoms and molecules are constantly in motion, static microscopy is often not enough. Instead, ultra-fast videos from the nanoworld are needed - a dream that has been largely unrealized worldwide for many years.
The University of Regensburg can now further expand its leading position in this field of research: Today, the German Research Foundation (DFG) has decided to support doctoral training in this future topic in Regensburg with its own Research Training Group. The new Research Training Group 2905 entitled "Ultrafast Nanoscopy - from Single-Particle Dynamics to Cooperative Processes" will be funded for five years from April 2024 with a total of six million euros. It will be located in the unique interdisciplinary environment of the newly emerging research center RUN (Regensburg Center for Ultrafast Nanoscopy).