Prof. Dr. Piet Schmidt (IMAGE) Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) Caption With a concept for the first-time realization of optical clocks, in which highly charged ions are controlled by quantum techniques and measured by laser spectroscopy, Prof. Dr. Piet O. Schmidt (Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt and Leibniz Universität Hannover) has now obtained one of the most prestigious research grants: an ERC Advanced Grant. Schmidt's goal: to achieve at least a 10-fold improvement in the limits for new forces and changes in natural constants. Credit (Credit: PTB) Usage Restrictions None License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.