Constructor University team takes bronze at international physics olympiad for university students

The Absolute Zeros
“The Absolute Zeros”, cooler than cool in Milan: Sebastian Nicolas Mendoza, Marco David, Quentin Lamouret and Dmytro Kolisnyk. (Source: Dmytro Kolisnyk/Constructor University)

The competition was fierce, the tasks challenging: At the international physics competition "PLANCKS" in Milan, a quartet from Constructor University secured third place. The competition, which is referred to as the international Physics Olympics for students, took place from May 12th to 16th and attracted 50 teams from 30 countries.

Representing the colors of Constructor University were students Dmytro Kolisnyk (BSc 2023), Sebastian Nicolas (BSc 2023), alumnus Marco David (BSc 2020), and external student Quentin Lamouret (École Normale Supérieure, Paris). The quartet competed under the name "The Absolute Zeros" - a reference to the lowest possible temperature in nature and their own “coolness”.

However, PLANCKS did not take a cool approach, quite the opposite. Within a few hours, the teams from all over the world had to solve a series of complex tasks. "The standard was extremely high. It met the requirements that are also placed on research," said Dr. Peter Schupp, Professor of Physics at Constructor University in Bremen. "Working with such excellent students is a pleasure. Congratulations to the team," said Schupp, with whom three of the "Absolute Zeros" did research on topics in quantum and gravitational physics for their bachelor's theses.

For the students, participating in the multi-day competition, which takes place in a different country every year, was not only an honor but also a great opportunity to network and learn about the latest trends in physics. "The people, the cultural program, the organization - it was an all-around fantastic event," said Dmytro Kolisnyk. "The tasks were really hard, but thanks to our studies we were well prepared," added Sebastian Nicolas.

The Physics and Data Science program at Constructor University has a long list of successes in national and international competitions. This year, "The Absolute Zeros" already placed 2nd in the DOPPLERS physics competition, the national physics olympiad. In addition to Constructor University, teams from Germany represented at PLANCKS included teams from LMU Munich, TU Munich and TU Berlin. Gold and silver went to teams from Italy, while fourth and fifth place went to teams from France and Germany.

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