Quantum mechanics is the basis of our understanding of the microscopic world. It is also central to the collective behaviour of matter at low temperatures, leading to unique properties that defy our classical intuition. The comprehension of such ‘quantum matter’ and the ability to master it using a newly developing set of ‘quantum technologies’ is not only of fundamental interest but holds the promise of revolutionizing material and information science as well as metrology. Our aim is to take this interdisciplinary research field to a qualitatively new level, by taking advantage of the most recent spectacular advances in the control of ultracold atomic and molecular systems. To this end, we have gathered a team of PIs with well-recognized and complementary expertise in the domains of quantum optics, atomic and condensed matter physics, and information science.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no. 319278.
The Hector Fellow Academy has released a film about the work of Immanuel Bloch's group.
Scientists at MPQ observe “Pauli blocking” between fermionic lithium atoms in an optical lattice
On 15 December 2015, the theoretical physicist Dr. Wolfgang Lechner was awarded the Eduard Wallnöfer Prize for the new architecture of a quantum computer he had been working on together with Professor Peter Zoller and Dr. Philipp Hauke.
Dr. Christian Groß, a young research scientist working in the Quantum Many-Body Systems Division of Professor Immanuel Bloch at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, has been selected by the European Research Council as one of the recipients of an ERC Starting Grant for the year 2015.
Theoretical physicists in Innsbruck have proposed a scalable quantum computer architecture. The new model, developed by Wolfgang Lechner, Philipp Hauke and Peter Zoller, overcomes fundamental limitations of programmability in current approaches that aim at solving real-world general optimization problems by exploiting quantum mechanics.
Researchers in Florence and Innsbruck have simulated a physical phenomenon in an atomic quantum gas that can also be observed at the edge of some condensed matter systems: chiral currents. The scientists have published the experiment, which will open new doors for the study of exotic states in condensed matter, in the journal Science.
Using ultracold atoms trapped in light crystals, scientists from the MPQ, LMU, and the Weizmann Institute observe a novel state of matter that never thermalizes.
On 27 June 2015, UQUAM was presented at the Long Night of Science in Garching, Germany. 400 visitors came to the MPQ, which was open to the public from 6 pm to midnight. Visitors interested in UQUAM could inform themselves about the project, meet scientists involved in the project and take part in several guided tours in the laboratories.
One of the leading experts in theoretical condensed matter physics, Professor Eugene Demler from Harvard University (Cambridge, USA), has joined the MPQ as a winner of a Humboldt Research Award. This Award is granted by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to out-standing foreign academics in order to promote cooperation with excellent German researchers. Prof. Demler was nominated by Prof. Immanuel Bloch (Chair of Experimental Physics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich and Director at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics) and Prof. Wilhelm Zwerger (Chair of Theoretical Physics, Technische Universität München) who will host him during his stay in Germany.
At the 65th annual meeting of the Max Planck Society in June 2014 the Austrian physicist Professor Peter Zoller (Photo: C. Lackner), Chair of Theoretical Physics at the Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck and Director at the Institute of Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Innsbruck (Austria), has been elected as an “External Scientific Member” at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics. He has been nominated by Professor Ignacio Cirac, Director at MPQ and head of the Theory Division.
A team of research groups from Austria, France, Germany, and Israel receives 10 Million Euro for joint research on ultracold quantum matter.
The first UQUAM Topical Workshop on Open Quantum Systems took place from Wednesday 13/04/16 to Friday 15/04/16 at the Weizmann Institute of Science.
24-27 October 2016, International Workshop on Ultracold Quantum Matter at the Harnack House in Berlin
21-24 September 2015, International Workshop on Ultracold Quantum Matter at University of Innsbruck