Physicists Professor Harald Weinfurter from the Ludwig Maximilians University (LMU) in Munich and Professor Marek Żukowski from the University of Gdansk have been chosen to receive the 2014 Copernicus Award from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) and the Foundation for Polish Science (FNP, Fundacja na Rzecz Nauki Polskiej) for their services to German-Polish research cooperation. The jury, which was made up of representatives from the DFG and the FNP, said that the physicists had been selected both as "outstanding individual researchers" and as "collaborating researchers" whose "joint research projects have yielded clear and important results". The Copernicus Award, with 100,000 euros in prize money, will be presented on 10 September 2014 in Berlin by the Presidents of the DFG and the FNP, Professor Peter Strohschneider and Professor Maciej Żylicz.
Weinfurter and Żukowski have been working together successfully for many years and have produced numerous joint publications. Professor Żukowski contributes his expertise in theoretical quantum physics, whereas Professor Weinfurter conducts experiments in this area. According to the jury, these two aspects complement each other well and also offer the potential for more joint research projects in the future.
Since 1999 Professor Harald Weinfurter has held a professorship for experimental quantum optics at the LMU, where he was also vice-dean of the Physics Faculty from 2008 to 2012. Having studied physics and completed his doctorate in Vienna, he habilitated in Innsbruck. Subsequently he worked in Vienna and at the Hahn-Meitner Institute in Berlin and then returned to Innsbruck. Weinfurter's research concerns the fundamental aspects of quantum physics. His areas of interest include experimental quantum interferometry with correlated photons, quantum correlations and entangled states and quantum communication and information and their applica
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