Bretislav Friedrich

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Bretislav Friedrich is Research Group Leader at the Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Berlin, Honorary Professor at the Technische Universität Berlin, and Co-Director of the History and Foundations of Quantum Physics Program in Berlin. Among his distinctions is the Outstanding Referee Award of the American Physical Society. He graduated from Charles University, Prague, in 1976, and earned his Ph.D. in chemical physics from the Czech Academy of Sciences in 1981. His experimental and theoretical research at Göttingen (1986–1987), Harvard (1987–2003), and Berlin (since 2003) has dealt with interactions of molecules with fields, cooling and trapping of molecules, collision dynamics, and spectroscopy.


Molecules on a string

An electric field can be used to pull on molecular hydrogen’s highly excited outer electron to slow down and trap the molecule. Read More »