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.
International research team uses topological platform to demonstrate coherent array of vertical lasers
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.
A team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has designed and commissioned the production of a computer chip that implements post-quantum cryptography very efficiently. Such chips could provide protection against future hacker attacks using quantum computers. The researchers also incorporated hardware trojans in the chip in order to study methods for detecting this type of “malware from the chip factory”.
Using intense pulses of laser light, members of the attoworld team at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics and the Ludwig-Maximilian University have synthesized trihydrogen ions from water molecules adsorbed onto nanoparticles.