Quantum sciences have long since taken their place in our everyday lives. Modern microelectronics would be unthinkable without the foundations of quantum physics developed by researchers like Max Planck and Albert Einstein. MRI scanners already make use of knowledge about a new generation of quantum phenomena to achieve sharper images, and quantum computers will soon revolutionize data processing.
“Even though quantum physical phenomena already play a role in many everyday applications, the current development of quantum technology 2.0 puts us at the very beginning of the targeted exploitation of a completely new potential,” says Christian Pfleiderer, Professor of Experimental Physics at the Technical University of Munich. “Quantum technologies are a key technology of the future. “
A new Center for QuantumEngineering (ZQE) headed by the professors Christian Pfleiderer (physics) and Holger Boche (electrical and computer engineering) is in the making in the immediate vicinity of the Walter Schottky Institute for Semiconductor Physics, also a collaborative facility of the Department of Physics and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Building on the long-standing, very successful preliminary studies of individual TUM working groups, one important goal of the planned center is the swift transfer of research results to applications. An integrated network with industry partners will help facilitate this goal.
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The new institute will focus on three interdisciplinary research domains: hybrid quantum devices and quantum circuits, functional quantum materials, and complex quantum systems aspects and modeling.
“The research campus Garching is recognized worldwide as a center of quantum research. Through its interdisciplinary program, the ZQE forms an ideal link between the Departments of Physics, Chemistry, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics. It creates new synergies by pooling forces,” says TUM President Prof. Wolfgang A. Herrmann. According to Herrmann, this shows once again how pioneering the decision to relocate the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering to Garching was, and how important it is now to implement it quickly.