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Five students reach the International Physics Olympiad in Israel

April 29th, 2019
Five students reach the International Physics Olympiad in Israel

The German national team for the 50. IPhO in Tel Aviv (l.t.r.): Tobias Messer, Jonathan Gräfe, Max Schneider, Titus Bornträger, Lukas Hellmann

This year's team for the International Physics Olympiad has been selected.

From April 23rd to 28th 2019, Germany's 15 best physics students competed in the final round of the Physics Olympiad in Germany. The students took part in various exams at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ) in Garching with tricky theoretical and experimental tasks from all areas of physics. Five participants impressed the jury with particularly good solutions. These young physicists will represent Germany in July 2019 at the International Physics Olympiad in Tel Aviv, Israel, where delegations from over 80 countries are expected.

The annual Physics Olympiad in Germany is organized and carried out by the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN) in cooperation with the Länder Ministries of Education and Cultural Affairs and with financial support from the BMBF.

The tasks of the final round as well as the experiments were conceived by the competition management at the IPN and former participants and offered some challenges to the young physicists, who were already able to assert themselves nationwide in three preliminary rounds among about 900 students.

In addition to the exams, the young talents gained a deeper insight into the work of various institutes in Garching. At the MPQ they took part in laboratory tours and were able to experience research in the fields of hydrogen spectroscopy, cold molecules or quantum information with cavities up close. In addition, the visit included the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and the ESO Supernova with planetarium and laser exhibition. An excursion to the German Museum rounded off the supporting programs. Equally important, however, were the meetings and lively exchange with like-minded people.

At the award ceremony, the winners were honored by Prof. Dr. Rempe, Director at the MPQ, MR Dieter Götzl from the Bavarian State Ministry for Education and Culture, Prof. Dr. Norbert Schuch, Head of the Research Group "Interlocking of Complex Quantum Systems" at the MPQ and Dr. Stefan Petersen, Head of the Physics Olympiad in Germany.

The five best young German physicists in 2019 are:
1st place: Titus Bornträger, Georg-Cantor-Gymnasium (Halle)
2nd place: Max Schneider, "Glückauf"-Gymnasium (Dippoldiswalde)
3rd place: Jonathan Gräfe, Grammar School Dresden-Bühlau (Dresden)
4th place: Lukas Hellmann, State High School "Albert-Schweitzer" Erfurt (Erfurt)
5th place: Tobias Messer, Martin-Andersen-Nexö-Gymnasium (Dresden)

The five Olympians will first attend further preparatory seminars and then, in July, the International Physics Olympiad in Tel Aviv, Israel.

In addition, a candidate can further deepen the impressions gained during the week through a research internship at the MPQ. This special prize was awarded to: Luis Glahn from Goerdeler-Gymnasium (Paderborn). But even the participants who did not win any of the main prizes in this round deserve recognition for their achievements - they reached a place in the final round among almost 900 participants.

Dr. Stefan Petersen
IPN an der Universität Kiel
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