In his element

29 Oct 2021

LMU Nobel Prize winner Theodor Hänsch turns 80. The physicist talks about his most important discoveries, but also about exploding chemicals, pink laser guns and his encounters with Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.

A lively buzz arises as Angela Merkel enters the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching to talk about visions for the future. Quantum computers are the next great hope – the beginning of a new era of computing. In the middle of it all, Theodor Hänsch films the chancellor with a small hand-held camera equipped with a special stabilizer as she is led through a tour of the high-tech setups in the lab. "How often do you get the opportunity to meet Ms. Merkel in our institute?" says Hänsch a few weeks later from his office.


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