It was with major gratification that the Rector of the University of Heidelberg, Prof. Dr. Peter Hommelhoff, welcomed the news that Wolfgang Ketterle, formerly of Heidelberg University's Institute of Physical Chemistry, is to be one of the recipients of this years Nobel Prize for physics. "The Nobel Prize for Wolfgang Ketterle is also a major honour and token of recognition for the University of Heidelberg," Hommelhoff said, going on to extend his warmest congratulations to the new laureate.
During his Heidelberg years, Ketterle and Institute director, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Wolfrum, conducted the first-ever experiments for visualising pollutant formation in motor engines. In the framework of the "Rhine-Neckar Round Table Meetings" between the University and economic enterprises in the region, Ketterle, Wolfrum and the Proxitronic company embarked on a collaboration that finally developed a technology for high-speed photography in motor engines using a relatively inexpensive camera. Ketterle then successfully employed this technology in producing two-dimensional Bose-Einstein condensates at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It is for this achievement that he has been awarded the Nobel Prize.
"Heidelberg University's many contacts in the field of applied research has here made an essential contribution to excellent progress in basic research," commented Rector Hommelhoff.
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