Annika Schmitt und Benjamin Grabiger von der Universität Jena arbeiten hier an einem Polarimeter, um die benötigten Präzisionsmessverfahren zu verbessern. ©Jan-Peter Kasper/FSU

Vacuum’s empty, isn’t it? Or is it not? At least not for quantum physicists. Because they assume that even here, particles and anti-particles fluctuate. So far there is no definite proof for this assumption. But German physicists Werner Heisenberg and Hans Euler already suspected light interaction processes in the supposed nothingness. Now research groups at the University of Jena, the Helmholtz Institute Jena (HIJ), the University of Düsseldorf and the Ludwig Maximilian University Munich (LMU) have set themselves the goal of experimentally proving physical processes in the quantum vacuum for the first time.

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