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.
While the number of qubits and the stability of quantum states are still limiting current quantum computing devices, there are questions where these processors are already able to leverage their enormous computing power. In collaboration with the Google Quantum AI team scientists from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the University of Nottingham used a quantum processor to simulate the ground state of a so-called toric code Hamiltonian – an archetypical model system in modern condensed matter physics, which was originally proposed in the context of quantum error correction.
Researchers at the University of Bayreuth, together with partners in China and the USA, have for the first time produced a carbon material that does not have the strictly ordered structures of a crystal, but is not amorphous either. It is paracrystalline diamond with unique optical, mechanical and thermophysical properties. The material offers important clues for understanding non-crystalline materials as well as for the targeted synthesis of other new carbon materials. The international team presents its discovery in Nature.
UR scientists explore electronic circuits without heat dissipation
An international team of scientists developed a new method and visualized specific receptor proteins in nerve cells that are important for learning. The results were published in the renowned journal Nature Communications.
Oceans, lakes and rivers often contain a large number of microplastic particles on their surface. Impacting raindrops cause many droplets with an almost equally high concentration of microplastics to be thrown up into the air. When they evaporate in the air, the particles enter the atmosphere. Researchers from the University of Bayreuth describe these processes in a new study published in "Microplastics and Nanoplastics". In an initial estimate, which is still fraught with uncertainty in several respects, they come to the conclusion that, worldwide, up to 100 trillion microplastic particles could enter the atmosphere every year as a result of rainfall.