Research Units

Pioneering and interdisciplinary QST research

MCQST combines more than 60 Principal Investigators (PIs) and more than 300 scientists in the Munich research area working across the different disciplines of Quantum Science and Technology (QST), and is structured in seven interconnected Research Units. Bridging different research fields and faculties the MCQST covers the entire range from fundamental science, through technology and material development to applications.

Based on the broad and complementary competence available in the Munich research landscape, MCQST researchers exhibit proven core expertise, with many pioneering and foundational contributions to each of the core fields. This is a unique aspect of MCQST compared to other national and international centers focusing on related research. In addition, Munich researchers are among the forefront of paving the way to establish QST also in other fields of science and identifying new explorative topics and applications.

Structure of the research program

The first six research units cover all the key thematic topics in Quantum Science and Technology. They represent the main areas of research of MCQST and cover all internationally identified core topics of QST. The seventh research unit intends to explore and identify novel research directions for QST in other fields of science, including fundamental physics, cosmology, high-en­ergy physics, and quantum chemistry.

We believe that the defined structure will allow us to optimally combine the unique multidisci­plinary competence within MCQST into well-defined subunits focusing on particular thematic topics. Through a tight interconnection of researches, common methodologies and techniques, as well as the fact that many Principal Investigators are active in several research units, research in MCQST is naturally multi-disciplinary and benefits from synergies and close collabora­tion between different research topics and fields.


Research Units

Research Unit A
Research Unit B
Research Unit C
Research Unit D
Research Unit E
Research Unit F
Research Unit G

Quantum Information Theory

The area of Quantum Information pursues new ways of processing and transmitting information using the rules of Quantum Physics.


Quantum Simulation

The area of quantum simulation deals with new approaches to understanding and controlling complex quantum many-body systems on dif­ferent time and energy scales, both in experi­ment and theory.


Quantum Computing

New experimental techniques are being pursued in order to address some of the biggest challenges posed by the construction of a quantum computer, a device that uses fundamental laws of quantum physics to solve complex problems that no classical device can ever be able to address.


Quantum Communication

Quantum information methods can improve and extend the capabilities of state-of-the-art communication sys­tems greatly, with an emphasis on information security and confidentiality.


Quantum Metrology & Sensing

On the quest for higher pre­cision, sensors are now reaching the quantum limit. At this point, quantum science is about to become an integral com­ponent of sensor development, providing fundamental new understandings of the presently attainable limits of noise.


Quantum Matter

Research in quantum matter bears great potential for transformative discoveries and holds promise for a new generation of electronic, spintronic and photonic devices with currently inaccessible functionalities.


Explorative Research

During the last few years, different disciplines across quantum science have developed common interests. Entanglement is the bridging element and provides an innovative view of some of the most fundamental problems in these respective fields.

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