News from the Munich Center for Quantum Science and Technology (MCQST) and its partner institutions.

This page features scientific news, press releases, scientific awards, press reviews, and other news and announcements from MCQST.

18 May 2022

Quantum Magnets in Motion

Press Release | Science News

For the first time, researchers have succeeded in observing a new transport phenomenon in spin chains under the microscope - with surprising results: the movement in the quantum world resembles certain phenomena known from everyday life like the shape of coffee stains on a tablecloth.

13 May 2022

When quantum particles fly like bees

Press Release | Science News

A quantum system consisting of only 51 charged atoms can assume more than two quadrillion different states. Calculating the system's behavior is a piece of cake for a quantum simulator. Researchers from TUM have now shown how these systems can be described using equations from the 18th century.

13 May 2022

More efficiency for optical quantum gates

Press Release | Science News

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics succeeded in massively improving the performance of a component that is crucial to optical quantum systems.

6 May 2022

Mikhail Lukin Explores the “New Frontier of Quantum”

News | Press Release

The Harvard physicist will give a series of talks in Munich in May as MCQST Distinguished Lecturer

14 Apr 2022

World Quantum Day: Join Us in the Lab!


How do scientists make crystals that are only one atom thick? Join us for a virtual trip into the lab!

25 Mar 2022

Fit for quantum: Around one million euros for teaching in quantum technology

News | Press Release

The universities in Augsburg, Bayreuth, Erlangen-Nuremberg, Munich, Regensburg, and Würzburg will each receive 144,000 euros for their physics departments from the Hightech Agenda Bayern funds – State Minister of Science Blume: "Bavaria is a top location internationally for quantum technologies."

17 Mar 2022

ERC Advanced Grant for Nathalie Picqué


She is the first woman physicist in Germany in the field of atomic, molecular and optical physics to be awarded this renowned grant.

17 Mar 2022

MCQST Member Awarded ERC Grant


Prof. Phan Thành Nam has received a Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council

14 Mar 2022

Award-winning Quantum Random Number Generator


The MPQ Photonlab is once again awarded with the LeLa Prize of the Federal Association of German School Labs, this time in the category “experiment of the year”.

14 Mar 2022

Quantum Minutes: Why Should You Care About Quantum Computing?


In the Quantum Minutes video series, scientists open up their laboratories and workspaces to curious minds to discover the fascinating research undertaken within MCQST.

4 Mar 2022

Waves on circular paths

Press Release | Science News

Magnetic excitations for information transfer without heat loss

27 Jan 2022

Foundation of the Munich Quantum Valley e.V.


In the presence of Bavaria’s Minister-President Dr. Markus Söder, the Bavarian Science Minister Bernd Sibler and the Director General of the Bavarian Ministry for Economic Affairs, Dr. Sabine Jarothe, the founding document was signed at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities today by the presidents of the partner universities and scientific organizations.

26 Jan 2022

How to Apply for a Master's or PhD Program in Germany


Learn how to apply for a graduate program in Munich: Germany's hub for quantum science and technology.

10 Jan 2022

Successful Quantum Teleportation at Microwave Frequencies

Press Release | Science News

A team headed by physicists from the Walther-Meißner-Institute has experimentally implemented quantum teleportation based on propagating microwave signals between distant locations, while preserving the fragile quantum nature of teleported states.

10 Jan 2022

Apply Now: MCQST Postdoc Fellowships


START Fellowship & Distinguished Postdoc Fellowship

7 Jan 2022

New materials for quantum technologies

Press Release | Science News

Solids with special symmetries for quantum and spintronics applications

17 Dec 2021

QST Master’s Student Receives Grant to Develop Open-Source Quantum Compiler


Varun Seshadri, a student in the QST Master’s program, along with two undergraduate students from Simon Fraser University, has received a grant from the Unitary Fund to develop a lattice surgery quantum error correction compiler

16 Dec 2021

A Cold Pair of Mirrors Made Stable

Press Release | Science News

A team of scientists from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and attocube systems AG have engineered a Fabry-Pérot cavity at cryogenic temperatures under closed-cycle cooling conditions. The results have been published in PRX Quantum.

15 Dec 2021

Podcast Episode: Exzellent Erklärt


MCQST scientists featured in the new podcast "Exzellent Erklärt"

9 Dec 2021

Quantum Minutes: Was Hawking Wrong About Black Holes?


In this series, scientists open up their laboratories and workspaces to curious minds to discover the fascinating research undertaken within MCQST.

9 Dec 2021

Call for Applications: 2022 PhD Positions


Apply now for these PhD Programs in Quantum Science and Technology

2 Dec 2021

Twisting elusive quantum particles

Press Release | Science News

Quantum processor provides insights into exotic states of matter

1 Dec 2021

Apply Now: Mentoring Program for Women


Master's students, PhDs, and Postdocs: Apply by 31. Dec!

12 Nov 2021

Immanuel Bloch Receives the Bavarian Maximilian Order

Press Release | Science News

Minister-President Markus Söder awards MCQST Speaker Immanuel Bloch the "Bavarian Nobel Prize"

9 Nov 2021

First Graduate of Master's in QST Program Completes Degree in Only One Year


Sirui Lu graduates from new Master’s program in Quantum Science and Technology (QST) of LMU and TUM in only one year

4 Nov 2021

A New Way to Fabricate Borophene Opens up Many Possibilities

Press Release | Science News

Researchers at TUM and UniBw M have developed a novel method to synthesize borophene using a molecular precursor – the first time a one-atom-thick mono-elemental material other than graphene has been created by an easily scalable approach.

13 Oct 2021

Novel quantum effect discovered in naturally occurring graphene

Press Release | Science News

International research team led by University of Göttingen finds atomically-thin carbon generates its own magnetic field

1 Oct 2021

Quantum Physics for Everyone: Silke Stähler-Schöpf and Berit Körbitzer in Interview

Press Release | Science News

Silke Stähler-Schöpf and Berit Körbitzer share why they believe education on quantum science and technology is for everyone

1 Oct 2021

When soap bubbles turn to soup

Press Release | Science News

With the help of high-resolution microscopy, scientists at MPQ successfully observed the transformation of a metal of magnetic polarons into a normal Fermi liquid.

28 Sep 2021

Quantum Minutes: Is a Perfect Cable Possible? - A Quantum Scientist Explains


In this new series, scientists open up their labs to curious minds to reveal the fascinating quantum research at MCQST.

21 Sep 2021

Podcast Episode: Shaping the Future with Quantum


MCQST Member Monika Aidelsburger is a guest on the latest episode of "SiblersDenkräume", the podcast of Bavarian Science Minister Bernd Sibler.

16 Sep 2021

Angela Merkel and Markus Söder express their support for the Munich Quantum Valley initiative


Visiting the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching near Munich, they learn about the current state of quantum research and its prospects for the future.

6 Sep 2021

MCQST Scientists Receive 2021 Quantum Future Awards

News | Scientific Awards

Three finalists from MCQST recognized for outstanding work with high relevance to the field of quantum technology.

2 Sep 2021

Quantum Minutes: Is a Perfect Cable Possible?


In this series, scientists open up their laboratories and workspaces to curious minds to discover the fascinating research undertaken within MCQST.

12 Aug 2021

Quantum Minutes: Quantum Cryptography - what is it really?


In this new series, scientists open up their laboratories and workspaces to curious minds to discover the fascinating research undertaken within MCQST.

4 Aug 2021

MCQST PhD Awards 2020

News | Scientific Awards

The MCQST PhD Award honors the best PhD theses in quantum science and technology selected from the MCQST community.

29 Jul 2021

Supporting Independence in Quantum Research

MCQST in Media | News

Discover the unique experiences of three of our excellent START fellows, as they share on their cutting-edge work in quantum science and technology, on the START Fellowship program, as well as their path to independence in an article published on Research in Bavaria webpage.

26 Jul 2021

Elegant quantum teleportation with only one single photon

Science News | Press Release

Scientists at MPQ succeed for the first time in teleporting quantum information encoded in an atomic qubit to a laboratory 60 meters away using just one single photon as a resource.

30 Jun 2021

Professor Monika Aidelsburger wins Alfried Krupp Prize

News | Scientific Awards

MCQST members and LMU experimental physicist Monika Aidelsburger receives a research prize worth 1 million euros for her work on quantum optics.

17 Jun 2021

BMW supports new TUM endowed chair with 5.1 million euros


Industrial application of quantum computers - We are excited to see the local quantum community and infrastructure continuously growing with exciting collaborations.

15 Jun 2021

Science in 360°: "High Precision Spectroscopy" lab tour


Experience science in 360°: Derya Taray takes us through an imersive tour of the High Precision Spectroscopy lab at MPQ.

11 Jun 2021

QUANTisch for beginners

Press Release | News

QUANTA sets out to develop new ways and means to make the basic principles, opportunities, and uses of quantum technology accessible to a wider audience.

25 May 2021

Revealing Einstein’s “spooky action” without destroying it

Science News | Press Release

Physicists at MPQ and MCQST have developed a novel photonic instrument to non-destructively reveal the entanglement of two distant atomic qubits.

3 May 2021

QIP2021: latest breakthroughs in theoretical quantum information


QIP 2021 was hosted by TUM and MCQST. The meeting featured exciting talks on the latest developments and breakthroughs in theoretical quantum information science and discussions of the state-of-the-art in industry in a new, virtual format.

29 Mar 2021

Tracking for quantum post

Press Release | Science News

A detector detects photons transporting qubits without destroying the quantum information.

15 Mar 2021

Science in 360°: "Single atoms in crossed optical fiber cavities" lab tour


Experience science in 360°: Dominik Niemitz takes us through an imersive tour of the CavityX lab at MPQ.

1 Mar 2021

Erbium dopants in nanophotonic silicon waveguides on the Optica cover

Science News | News

"Erbium dopants in nanophotonic silicon waveguides" publication by a team of MPQ and MCQST researchers is featured on the cover of Optica.

15 Feb 2021

Robert König wins ERC Consolidator Grant

News | Scientific Awards

Robert König, TUM professor and MCQST member, receives one of the prestigious Consolidator Grants from the European Research Council (ERC) for his project "Enhanced quantum information processing targeting the near term".

1 Feb 2021

A Bridge to the Quantum World

MCQST in Media

Featured on the Research in Bavaria website: Monika Aidelsburger shares input on her exciting research and benefits of working in MCQST.

11 Jan 2021

Munich Quantum Valley – a leap forward for quantum science and technology

Press Release | News

Bavaria's leading scientists and universities kick off a new research initiative to promote quantum science and develop new quantum technologies.

16 Dec 2020

Precession squared: The rise of pseudospin

Science News

A team of researchers including MCQST members have discovered an exciting method for controlling spin carried by quantized spin wave excitations in antiferromagnetic insulators.

15 Dec 2020

Looking into the unknown

News | MCQST in Media

Unlocking the unsolved mysteries of physics and chemistry by using quantum simulators - interview with Monika Aidelsburger and Immanuel Bloch in Chip magazine.

20 Nov 2020

MCQST Researchers on Highly Cited Researchers 2020 List

Scientific Awards | News

MCQST is delighted to announce that three of our academics have been named on the annual Highly Cited Researchers™ 2020 list from Clarivate.

5 Nov 2020

The dream of unlimited possibilities

News | MCQST in Media

Featured in Süddeutsche Zeitung: Prof. Rudolf Gross and Prof. Stefan Filipp on strengthening Munich's position at the forefront of the global race to develop quantum computers.

5 Nov 2020

A Modem for the Quantum Internet

Press Release | Science News

Physicists at MPQ have developed an efficient modem for the future quantum internet.

27 Oct 2020

A Smooth Transition in a Quantum Gas with Impurities

Science News

New Publication in Physics

13 Oct 2020

Janis Nötzel receives Best Paper Award at the CITS 2020

News | Scientific Awards

for the paper "Entanglement-Enabled Communication"

24 Sep 2020

The Return of the Spin Echo

Press Release | News

A research team from Garching and Vienna discovered a remarkable echo effect - it offers exciting new possibilities for working with quantum information.

16 Sep 2020

Two ERC Starting Grants awarded to MCQST members

Scientific Awards | News

MCQST members, Fabian Grusdt and Dominik Bucher, have won prestigious ERC Starting Grants.

14 Sep 2020

Bavaria takes a Quantum Leap

Press Release | News

120 million euros for the development of quantum sciences and technologies (QST) in Bavaria.

17 Aug 2020

Tatjana Wilk on Germany's quantum push in Science | Business

MCQST in Media | News

In an article for Science|Business, Dr. Tatjana Wilk shares insight on current and future QST research, as well as on Germany's potential in developing quantum technologies.

30 Jul 2020

The next Quantum Leap

News | MCQST in Media

Rudolf Gross on the advantages of quantum computers and Germany's challenges with "deep tech" in Focus magazine.

30 Jul 2020

Martí Perarnau Llobet wins NJP Early Career Award

News | Scientific Awards

Congratulations to Martí Perarnau Llobet for winning the "NJP Early Career Award".

28 Jul 2020

Science Minister Bernd Sibler visits the Walther Meissner Institute

Press Release | News

WMI directors Stefan Filipp and Rudolf Gross welcomed Science Minister Bernd Sibler on the Garching campus for an insight into the current and future research priorities of the institute and its role in the field of quantum technologies.

27 Jul 2020

Munich Takes the Lead in Quantum Science

News | MCQST in Media

Interview with Rudolf Groß in Digitale Welt on the Munich quantum landscape.

21 Jul 2020

Quantum Advantage with Noisy Shallow Circuits

Science News | Press Release

An international team of researchers proves that imperfect devices can provide a quantum advantage by showing that noisy quantum computers can outperform classical machines.

20 Jul 2020

The world’s lightest mirror

Press Release | Science News

Physicists at MPQ succeed at engineering an optical mirror made of only a few hundred atoms. It is the lightest one in the world and even imaginable.

10 Jul 2020

Driven topology

Science News | Press Release

LMU pysicists together with an international team succeeded in realizing a novel genuine time-dependent topological system with ultracold atoms in periodically-driven optical honeycomb lattices.

15 Jun 2020

Playing Pool with Excitons

Press Release | Science News

The junior theory research group led by Richard Schmidt at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Hamburg and ETH Zurich has successfully completed a work that can explain a successful quantum simulation of certain properties of an ultra-flat semiconductor.

9 Jun 2020

Interview with Professor Immanuel Bloch


Immanuel Bloch talks about taking on the role of managing director at the MPQ and the future of quantum optics.

20 May 2020

Prof. Phan Thành Nam is awarded EMS prize

News | Scientific Awards

The prize is awarded in recognition of excellent contributions in mathematics.

26 Mar 2020

Summer Student Program 2020 is cancelled


MCQST Summer Program is unfortunately cancelled due to the worldwide impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

11 Mar 2020

IQM expands in Germany - Subsidiary in Munich to drive quantum hardware-software co-design


IQM is growing! IQM expands to Germany for quantum hardware-software co-design under the lead of Enrique Solano in Munich

11 Feb 2020

Parametric Instabilities of Interacting Bosons in Periodically Driven 1D Optical Lattices

Press Release | Science News

An international team headed by LMU and MPQ physicists report on observations of collective modes in the early-stage dynamics of ultracold bosons in shaken one-dimensional optical lattices by monitoring the momentum distribution of the cloud.

27 Jan 2020

Setting the pace

MCQST in Media | News

Interview with experimental physicists Immanuel Bloch and Harald Weinfurter on the advent of the quantum computer, the impending quantum revolution, and its practical implications, such as secure cryptography and diamond-based magnetometers.

22 Jan 2020

Norbert Schuch wins his second ERC grant

Scientific Awards | News

One of the coveted ERC Consolidator Grants is awarded to MCQST member, Norbert Schuch, who can now continue his research on complex quantum systems for at least another five years.

21 Jan 2020

On the way to quantum networks

Press Release | Science News

Physicists at LMU, together with colleagues at Saarland University, have successfully demonstrated the transport of an entangled state between an atom and a photon via an optic fiber over a distance of up to 20 km – thus setting a new record.

13 Jan 2020

Divorce in a one-dimensional world

Press Release | Science News

Scientists at MPQ have experimentally confirmed a fifty year old prediction about the (in)separability of an electron's spin and electric charge using a specialised quantum simulator.

5 Dec 2019

Lukas Knips wins the Quantum Futur Award

News | Scientific Awards

Lukas Knips is awarded the Quantum futur Award for best PhD thesis.

3 Sep 2019

Michael Knap receives the prestigious ERC Starting Grant

News | Scientific Awards

Michael Knap, TUM professor of Collective Quantum Dynamics and MCQST member, receives the prestigious ERC Starting Grant for his CosQuanDyn project.

29 Aug 2019

Bell Prize awarded to quantum computing pioneers

News | Scientific Awards

Ignacio Cirac and Peter Zoller, pioneers of quantum science and technology, are awarded the highly regarded Bell Prize. The award recognizes the most significant contributions made to the fundamentals of quantum mechanics.

13 Aug 2019

Otto Hahn Medal for excellent junior researchers

News | Scientific Awards

Otto Hahn Medal: Max Planck Society awards Johannes Zeiher as an excellent junior researcher.

26 Jul 2019

Ignacio Cirac receives honorary doctor of the UBA

News | Scientific Awards

The University of Buenos Aires (UBA) has awarded an honorary doctorate to Professor Ignacio Cirac in July.

15 Jul 2019

Monika Aidelsburger receives Princess Therese of Bavaria Prize

News | Scientific Awards

Prof. Monika Aidelsburger is awarded for her outstanding work.

7 May 2019

Prof. Ignacio Cirac receives Micius Quantum Prize

News | Scientific Awards

Ignacio Cirac, Director at the MPI of Quantum Optics and head of the Theory Division receives this honor for his work on quantum computing.

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