Metrology, computing, communications: quantum research in Erlangen has a broad base. The team of researchers at FAU and the nearby Max Planck Institutes is also at the forefront of international advances in quantum imaging, quantum computing, and encryption.
Early-career researchers at MCQST are conducting cutting-edge research in quantum science and technology. The START fellowship program supports them to develop their own projects and take steps toward building an independent career.
Rupert Huber’s experimental work in terahertz and solid-state physics at the interface of optics and electronics is internationally renowned. His fundamental research is used in ultrafast atomic-resolution microscopes and quantum information processing.
Monika Aidelsburger elucidates the nature of many-body quantum phenomena. Her ERC Starting Grant has been topped up by an LMU Tenure-Track Professorship to pursue this work.
At JMU Würzburg, Professor Laurens W. Molenkamp and his team are conducting pioneering work on topological materials. With its cutting-edge technology, the new Institute for Topological Insulators will be the ideal place for them to develop this research.
Researchers from the Würzburg-Dresden Cluster of Excellence ct.qmat–Complexity and Topology in Quantum Matter – have conceived and realized a new quantum material: "Indenene". Consisting of a single layer of the chemical element Indium, indenene enriches the family of the so-called topological insulators. The triangular lattice behind its tailor-made materials-design concept is not only novel in the context of topological quantum materials but it also offers important advantages for future applications. Ever since the discovery of the first topological insulator this class of materials has been attributed enormous potential for the development of future electronics.
Using a sensor film to monitor how well aircraft and spacecraft withstand the mechanical stresses of flight: Würzburg researchers have received a prize for this idea, which comes with a lot of money.
A new type of atomic sensor made of boron nitride is presented by researchers in "Nature Communications". The sensor is based on a qubit in the crystal lattice and is superior to comparable sensors.
Researchers from the University of Augsburg and ETH Zurich have discovered giant conductivity of nanometre-sized domain walls separating polar regions in a non-oxide ferroelectric material. The high sensitivity of these walls to applied magnetic fields enables gigantic switching of the sample resistance, thus providing a route to new nanoelectronic building blocks. Such behaviour is unprecedented in non-oxides, which are less hampered by defects and deviations in composition than oxides.
A team of researchers from Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), the University of Liège and the Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg for Renewable Energy have developed a microswimmer that appears to defy the laws of fluid dynamics: their model, consisting of two beads that are connected by a linear spring, is propelled by completely symmetrical oscillations. The Scallop theorem states that this cannot be achieved in fluid microsystems. The findings have now been published in the academic journal ‘Physical Review Letters’.