Silke Ospelkaus is an experimental physicist at the Institute of Quantum Optics at Leibniz Universität Hannover. Her research is dedicated to the quantum world of ultracold molecular gases for applications in quantum simulation and fundamental physics. She studied physics at the University of Bonn and completed her PhD at the University of Hamburg. For her doctoral thesis, she received the dissertation prize of the AMOP section of the German Physical Society (2007). After a postdoctoral stay with a Feodor Lynen Fellowship at JILA and the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA in the group of Prof. D. Jin and Prof. J. Ye, she joined the department of Prof. I. Bloch at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, Garching as Minerva group leader (2009). Since 2011, she has been a professor of experimental physics at Leibniz Universität Hannover. She has received an ERC Starting (2010) and Consolidator Grant (2022) and is spokesperson of the DFG Research Group 2247.
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